Washington Square Music Festival Begins 61st Season at the Park, Tuesdays in June

First Show Tonight


It’s that time of the season which marks the return of the Washington Square Music Festival and its 61st year of memorable concerts with the park as its backdrop. Performances take place every Tuesday in June – June 4, 11, 18, 25 – beginning at 8 p.m. on the Garibaldi Plaza stage, east of fountain. Free.

Music Director: Lutz Rath
Executive Director: Peggy Friedman

Featuring soloists Lindell Carter, tenor; Vasko Dukovski, duduk: Kenneth Overton, baritone; Kuumba Frank Lacy, trombone.

Full 2019 Schedule plus photos from the first concert of the 2018 season below:

June 4th, 8 p.m.

Lindell Carter, tenor, The Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Lutz Rath
Gioachino Rossini: Overture to Semiramide
Opera arias, Lindell Carter, soloist
Rossini: “Asile héréditaire” from GuillaumeTell
Mozart: “Fuor del mar” from Idomeneo
W.A. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance no 5
June 11th, 8 p.m.

The Festival Chamber Ensemble
Daniel Schnyder: “Handel in Harlem” for saxophone,
violin, bass trombone
Vasko Dukovski: arrangements for duduk and
Mohammed Fairouz: “Jebel Lebnan” for wind quintet
Johannes Brahms: Serenade No 1 Op. 11 for
woodwind quintet, string quartet, bass

June 18, 8 p.m.

Kenneth Overton, baritone, The Festival Chamber Ensemble
Gustav Erlanger: Sextet op 41
Franz Liszt: from “Seven Songs”
Samuel Barber: “Dover Beach”
Kenneth Overton, soloist
Ludwig van Beethoven: Septet In E Flat Op.20

June 25, 8 p.m.

Kuumba Frank Lacy, leader and trombone
Frank Lacy’s Big Band Concert Jazz Ensemble
Free form jazz

Rainspace for June 4th: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South
Rainspace for the remaining concerts: Grace Church, Broadway at 9th Street

Washington Square Music Festival website here.

The Washington Square Festival is under the auspices of the Washington Square Association.

Seating is first come, first served.

Photos: Cathryn

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