2013 Season

All concerts are held on Governors Island at Colonels Row, free of charge.

Saturday July 13, (raindate July 14) 1 & 3 PM

Bang on a Can All Stars

Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Performing each year throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have shattered the definition of what concert music is today. Visit Bang on a Can on the web.
photo credit: Peter Serling

Saturday August 10, (raindate August 11) 1 & 3 PM

Celebrating Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

1PM Ljova and Friends THE LAST RITE
3PM Fireworks Ensemble THE RITE REVISITED

Maverick composer, arranger, and violist Lev ‘LJOVA’ Zhurbin: Ljova’s compositions dazzle with intricate textures, odd rhythms and lilting melodies, creating music that is both fresh and timeless. As if by alchemy, Eastern-European and Gypsy melodies, Latin rhythms, Jazz-inspired improvisations, and deeply rooted Classical forms are given new meanings in original compositions that fearlessly forge a new direction, with a nostalgic gaze towards the past. His Kontraband’s debut CD, “MNEMOSYNE”, featured special guests Frank London, William Schimmel, Uli Geissendoerfer, Alon Yavnai and Marcus Rojas. Visit Ljova on the web.
photo credit: Amy Whitehouse

An amplified chamber band known as “the bridge between the contemporary classical ensemble and the mainstream popular audience,” Fireworks has led the charge to bring a fresh perspective on chamber music to both established audiences and new generations of listeners. With a repertoire that includes Frank Zappa’s instrumental rock, dance music from around the world, classic cartoon music, traditional Americana, and arrangements of 20th-century orchestral works, Fireworks presents a distinctly American vision of chamber music. The ensemble tours throughout the United States each year and has appeared venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Library of Congress to nightclubs such as New York City’s (Le) Poisson Rouge and Tonic. Passionate about education and outreach, Fireworks has participated in Chamber Music America’s Residency Partnership Program and Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, and is currently ensemble-in-residence at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. Fireworks records for Entertainment One, which will release the ensemble’s project of Frank Zappa’s instrumental music in 2013. Visit Fireworks Ensemble on the web.
photo credit: Annabel Mehran

Sunday, September 1, Colonels Row (raindate September 2) 12-5 PM

RITE-A-THON: Blair McMillen, Pam Goldberg, Theo Bleckmann, Classical Jam, Tigue, and more

Acknowledged by many to have created the blueprint for places like Poisson Rouge and The Stone, pianist Pam Goldberg is co-artistic director of the Rite of Summer Music Festival. She has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the NY Metropolitan area. In 1999, she released a solo album featuring Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Mozart’s Sonata in Bb Major, K.570. Currently, Pam is in the process of editing (and therefore completing) Mozart piano and violin sonatas K. 301, 304, 378, and 454 with violinist Christine Sohn.Visit Pam on the web.

Blair McMillen, co-artistic director of the Rite of Summer Music Festival, has established himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after pianists today. The New York Times has called his playing “lustrous,” “riveting,” and “brilliant…..prodigiously accomplished and exciting.” Known for imaginative and daring programming, he plays a repertoire that spans from late-medieval keyboard manuscripts to the 21st-century’s avant-garde and indie-classical. Recent appearances include the American Symphony Orchestra, Bang on a Can’s 25th anniversary marathon, Miller Theatre’s “Piano Revolution,” Albany Symphony/Dogs of Desire, the Moscow Conservatory, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. Visit Blair on the web. Photo Credit: Bob London

Theo Bleckmann – Hello Earth! The music of Kate Bush
“[A] beautifully careful, creative, empathetic reinterpretation of the great Kate’s music” 

A singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, GRAMMY NOMINATED and ECHO award recipient Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful, leading his work to be described as “from another planet” (New York Times), as “magical, futuristic,” (AllAboutJazz), “limitless” (Citypaper, Philadelphia) “transcendent” (Village Voice) and “brilliant” (New York Magazine). Bleckmann has released a series of gorgeous and irreverent albums on Winter & Winter, including recordings of Las Vegas standards, of Berlin Kabarett, and of popular “bar songs” (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda), a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives (with jazz/rock collective Kneebody), his acoustic Solos for Voice “I dwell in possibility”and his latest project: “Hello Earth – the music of Kate Bush.” Bleckmann has additionally collaborated with musicians and composers, including Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Philip Glass, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Ben Monder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenny Wheeler, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Bleckmann worked as a core ensemble member for fifteen years. He has recently been interview by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the Letterman show with Laurie Anderson. Visit Theo on the web.

Photo Credit: Susie Knoll

Classical Jam (CJ) is committed to presenting engaging, lively, and high-caliber performances to diverse audiences. Known for their sparkling style and creative concert programs, CJ unites acclaimed soloists and chamber musicians for performances that delight both new and established classical music audiences. CJ members (Jennifer Choi, violin; Cyrus Beroukhim, viola; Wendy Law, cello; Marco Granados, flute; and Justin Hines, percussion) perform regularly with “Musicians from Marlboro,” Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Ethel. Individually, they have appeared as soloists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony and the Virginia Symphony, among others. Members have performed in venues throughout Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East. Along with their dedication to their individual careers, members of Classical Jam are teaching artists at such leading organizations as the Lincoln Center Institute, the New York Philharmonic, 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Hall. Visit Classical Jam on the Web

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TIGUE Percussion is the latest project by percussionists Matt Evans, Amy Garapic, and Carson Moody. Founded in early 2012, TIGUE presents contemporary music of friends, contemporaries, and themselves through a lens of percussive elements. The three members have performed together extensively over the past 6 years during their studies together at The Ohio State University and the Eastman School of Music highlighted by performances at PASIC and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Currently in their first season, TIGUE has presented a handful of shows in the New York Area including venues such as Spectrum, the Gershwin Hotel (as part of the Contagious Sounds Series), and P.S. 142 (as guest soloists with Contemporaneous). From instruments to garbage; from the composed to the improvised, TIGUE Percussion is focused on creating new sounds in every way they can.