Washington Square Music Festival Returns to the Park for 63rd Season Tuesdays in June


The Washington Square Music Festival marks its 63rd season this year, returning to Washington Square Park after last year’s season consisted of virtual concerts due to the coronavirus pandemic. The acclaimed festival will take place Tuesdays in June, beginning June 8th, on the Garibaldi Plaza stage. There is limited seating to accommodate social distancing. Led by Artistic Director Lutz Rath, the concerts this year will feature Classical, Tango and Jazz.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Free; first come, first seated.

Tuesday, June 8th, 8 p.m. – The Harlem Chamber Players
UPDATE: Moved indoors due to threat of rain. See details below.

Eric Davis, French horn
Alison Buchanan, soprano

N. Tellier: selections from “Fanfares”

Mozart: selections from “Exsultate Jubilate” K 165
“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”
Alison Buchanan, soprano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, opus 20
George Walker: “Lyric for Strings”

Tuesday, June 15th, 8 p.m. 12 Cellos

Julius Klengel, Hymnus for 12 cellos
Michael Finckel, Mass in Gregorian II, for 2 antiphonal groups of cellos
Astor Piazzolla, Libertango
Johann Strauss Sr., Jelačić March, op 244

Tuesday, June 22nd: Pedro Giraudo Tango Septet

Strings, piano, bandoneon
Composers: Piazzolla & Giraudo, (plus some traditional tangos)

Tuesday, June 29th: New York Jazzharmonic Trad-Jazz Sextet

Ron Wasserman, leader/bass with vocalist Queen Esther

Rain space:

In the event of rain, concerts will be held at Judson Memorial Church across from the park at 55 Washington Square South, except for the June 29th show which will take place June 30th in the park.

Update 2:30 p.m. re: Tuesday, June 8th concertDue to threat of rain, this concert will be held at Judson Church at 239 Thompson Street. From WSMF Executive Director Peggy Friedman: “Vaccinated people do not have to wear masks, but we ask the un-vaxxed to please do so. Of course if you want to wear a mask for any reason, of course wear it.  There will be free masks at the sanitizing station. The chairs will be socially distanced. Hope to see you there!”

Website: Washington Square Music Festival
The Washington Square Music Festival is under the auspices of the Washington Square Association.

Photo: Sally J. Bair

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