Rite of Summer Music Festival in New York

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Rite of Summer will present free outdoor concerts Memorial Day weekend through late August. In a locale The New York Times has called a “Playground for the Arts,” the aim of the Festival is simple: to present the highest quality live performances, and to bring free contemporary classical music to as many people as possible in a

This season’s spectacular line-up kicks off on Sunday, May 29th with the Parker Quartet performing Beethoven and Bartók. Next, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum shine in works of Andy Akiho, JG Thirwell, Bryce Dessner, Paola Prestini and David T. Little on Saturday, June 25th. On Saturday, July 23rd, mezzo-soprano Kara Sainz and pianist Peter Dugan will grace audiences with Ginastera, Gershwin, De Falla and Purcell. And on Saturday, August 27th, more than 60 percussionists will come together to perform John Luther Adams‘s Inuksuit, an epic outdoor piece that has helped to redefine what live musical experience can be in the 21st-century. Rite of Summer will be presenting two afternoon performances of Inuksuit, a work The New York Times has called “the ultimate environmental piece.” Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will join members of TIGUE, Mantra Percussion, Ensemble et al, Sandbox Percussion, Iktus Percussion, Contemporaneous, Loop 2.4.3, Palladium Percussion and students from Stony Brook, Rite of Summer shows will be presented twice the same day, at 1pm and 3pm, for each respective date. Audiences should feel free to walk by, stop and listen, lay down a picnic blanket and relax, eat

Jeffrey Zeigler & Ian David Rosenbaum (Nolan Park) June 25, 2016 1pm & 3pm

Kara Sainz & Peter Dugan (Nolan Park) July 23, 2016 1pm & 3pm

Inuksuit featuring 60+ percussionists (Nolan Park) August 27, 2016 1pm & 3pm

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