Washington Square Music Festival Two Concerts Left — Tuesdays, July 22nd and July 29th – Don't Miss It!

Washington Square Music Festival July 8, 2008
Washington Square Music Festival July 8, 2008

The New York Times review (July 18th) of last week’s concert of the Washington Square Music Festival at Washington Square Park included some history, commentary on the Park and festival audience:

Perhaps it’s an illusion fostered by the fenced-off reconstruction work in Washington Square Park, but it seems as though the Washington Square Music Festival is shoehorned into a smaller section of the park every summer. The festival, in its 50th year, has done its own shrinking as well. Once a series of orchestra concerts, it is now a handful of chamber music programs, framed by folk and jazz concerts, with ensembles amplified to overcome the ambient noise of the park and the not-so-distant rumble of traffic.

But the festival has an audience, a larger one than its tiny slice of the park can accommodate. On Tuesday evening a reasonably large crowd watched from outside the metal barriers that set off the seating area, and as soon as a seat emptied, someone came in to fill it. In terms of age and race, you could hardly ask for a more diverse audience.

* Next Concert! * Tuesday, July 22nd at 8 p.m.

Pianist David Oei and Gamelan Son of Lion

An eclectic concert of works by Ernö Dohnányi, Erik Satie, Lou Harrison, and traditional Javanese court music. (Local note: famed American composer Lou Harrison (1917-2003) once taught at Greenwich House Music School.) This concert is the fourth in a series of five alfresco entertainments. Gamelan Son of Lion is a new-music repertory ensemble based in downtown New York City specializing in contemporary pieces written for the instruments of the Javanese gamelan.

Remaining Concert in the Series:

Tuesday, July 29, 8 p.m. – Charles Mingus Orchestra plays jazz by the master.

Location: SouthEast quadrant of Washington Square Park, near the Garibaldi statue.

Seating: Free. First-come, first-served.

In the event of rain, location is: New York University’s Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street.

Public information number is: #212/252-3621.

Washington Square Music Festival site.


photo: Nan Melville

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