Jun
27
8:00 pm20:00

Mostly Argentinian: Tango and Jazz

June 27, 8 pm:  Mostly Argentinian: Tango and Jazz

Rainspace: NYU School of Law, Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Square South with JP Jofre, bandoneon and nine piece band


WSA Annual Meeting - Featuring Greenwich Village Neighborhood Leaders
Jun
21
6:00 pm18:00

WSA Annual Meeting - Featuring Greenwich Village Neighborhood Leaders

  • King Juan Carlos Center

We are excited to announce The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Washington Square Association on June 21st at 6pm at the King Juan Carlos Center.    We are pleased to announce the election of our officers, provide association updates and welcome our distinguished speakers:

  • George Velonikas - The newly appointed Washington Square Park Administrator and architect of the latest park renovation will talk about his new position, aspirations for the park and the Conservancy.
  • Andrew Berman - The Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation will discuss the latest development updates in our neighborhood and how we can get involved.
  • Judy Paul and John Sorenson - The Executive and Artistic Directors of The Village Trip will tell us a bit about their new venture to bring cultural events that highlight the history and creativity of the Village.

Food and drink has been generously donated by North Square and Some Good Wine.   We hope you can join us.  

The Festival Chamber Ensemble, with soprano soloist Ariadne Greif and New York Taiko Aiko Kai
Jun
20
8:00 pm20:00

The Festival Chamber Ensemble, with soprano soloist Ariadne Greif and New York Taiko Aiko Kai

June 20, 8 pm: The Festival Chamber Ensemble, with soprano soloist Ariadne Greif and New York Taiko Aiko Kai

Rainspace: NYU School of Law, Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Square South

W.A. Mozart: Horn Quintet K 407

Jean-Philippe Rameau: “air de la folie” from Platée

George Aperghis:  selections from“Recitation”

Ariadne Greif, soprano

Four works performed by  New York Taiko Aiko Kai

Luigi Boccherini: Concerto for flute and strings in D majorop 27  

The Festival Chamber Ensemble Conducted by Lutz Rath With Mélanie Genin, Harp Soloist
Jun
13
8:00 pm20:00

The Festival Chamber Ensemble Conducted by Lutz Rath With Mélanie Genin, Harp Soloist

June 13, 8 pm: The Festival Chamber Ensemble conducted by Lutz Rath

With Mélanie Genin, harp soloist

Rainspace: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South

Peter von Winter: Sinfonia Concertante for violin, clarinet, horn and bassoon

W.A. Mozart Concerto for Harp and Flute K.298/297 (oboe arrangement)

Gerard Reuters, oboe

Gabriel Fauré Impromptu for harp   op 86

Maurice Ravel:  Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet, string quartet.

WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL OPENS WITH CARMINA BURANA
Jun
6
8:00 pm20:00

WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL OPENS WITH CARMINA BURANA

On Tuesday June 6 at 8 pm, a spectacular premiere of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, newly transcribed for chamber orchestra by Charles Kiger, will kick off the free June series of the Washington Square Music Festival, now in its 59th season.  The cantata is based on 24 poems from the medieval collection of the same name. Featured are The Stonewall Chorale, the nation’s first LBGT Chorus, and soloists: Ariadne Greif, soprano; Lindell O. Carter, tenor; andMichael Kelly, baritone.  Lutz Rath conducts the Festival Chamber Orchestra.  The Festival is under the auspices of the Washington Square Association, Inc.  Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.

Christmas Eve Caroling Under the Arch
Dec
24
5:00 pm17:00

Christmas Eve Caroling Under the Arch

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 at 5 pm is the traditional time to celebrate the holiday with carols at the Washington Square Arch.  The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader, and the revelers from all over the city will lustily sing out the familiar tunes.  The words are in the songbooks distributed by the Washington Square Association, but many will know them by heart.  “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” will ring out to remind us all of the true meaning of the holidays. 

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec
7
6:00 pm18:00

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

On Wednesday, December 7th at 6 pm, the Rob Susman Brass Quartet and children and grown-ups alike will sing holiday songs.  The sparkling lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings.  Santa Claus himself has promised to appear, candy canes in hand,  and lead the children in the illumination countdown.  The Washington Square Association provides songbooks. 

WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL OFFERS ORCHESTRAL TREASURES– A FREE CONCERT
Nov
19
8:00 pm20:00

WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL OFFERS ORCHESTRAL TREASURES– A FREE CONCERT

  • Manhattan Seventh-day Adventist Church

On Saturday, November 19 at 8 pm, the Washington Square Music Festival offers a pre-holiday gift to music lovers: Orchestral Treasures, a free concert of music by Rossini, Czerny and Mozart.  Lutz Rath conducts the Festival Chamber Orchestra featuring pianists Hélène Jeanney and David Oei.  Taking place in the Sanctuary of the Manhattan Seventh-day Adventist Church, 232 West 11th Street, just west of Seventh Avenue South in Manhattan, the historic and beautiful church was built in 1881 in the Queen Anne Style.  The evening is a collaboration between REACH-NYC “Concerts for Peace” and the Washington Square Music Festival.

Washington Square Music Festival Concert Four - Jazz
Jun
28
8:00 pm20:00

Washington Square Music Festival Concert Four - Jazz

June 28, 8 pm

The New York Jazzharmonic, 17 piece band, Ron Wasserman leader – classic jazz, featuring the first performance of a work by Fred Hellerman, co-founder in 1948, with Pete Seeger, of The Weavers, a group that launched American’s folk music revival.  Fred is the only surviving member of The Weavers.  Fred Hellerman’s, “Fourths of July” was composed in 1987 and never performed.  The piece was originally scored for symphony orchestra, but is being re-orchestrated by Ron Wasserman for a jazz orchestra instrumentation.  

Washington Square Music Festival Concert 3:
Jun
21
8:00 pm20:00

Washington Square Music Festival Concert 3:

June 21, 8 pm

Festival Chamber Ensemble

 

Hanns Eisler: Septet No 2, “The Circus" (1947).

   First performance of complete version in the US

  (Arranged by Eisler from the film music for Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus) 

David Taylor: “Quatre Kakokosmoi” for bass trombone & strings.  World Premiere

 

Washington Square Music Festival Concert 1: BRAHMS, VIVALDI, & NIELSEN
Jun
7
8:00 pm20:00

Washington Square Music Festival Concert 1: BRAHMS, VIVALDI, & NIELSEN

  • Washington Square Park

Washington Square Music Festival’s 58th season, features two concertos: Brahms Double Concerto in A minor and Vivaldi’s Concerto for two trumpets.  The Festival is under the auspices of the Washington Square Association, Inc.  Seating is on a first-come, first served basis. Festival info line: 212-252-3621.

Annual Meeting Featuring Andrew Berman - Chairman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Jun
6
6:00 pm18:00

Annual Meeting Featuring Andrew Berman - Chairman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

  • King Juan Carlos Center

We are so pleased to announce the Washington Square Association's Annual Meeting, Monday June 6th at 6pm at the King Juan Carlos Center at 53 Washington Square South.   We welcome Andrew Berman, Head of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, who will talk to us about local neighborhood news, updates to our architectural landscape, key projects and how to get involved in the conversation on the shaping of our neighborhood.   

There will be free food and drink, generously donated by neighborhood favorites North Square and Some Good Wine.   

Please join us!

Christmas Eve Caroling Under the Arch - Dec 24th at 5pm
Dec
24
5:00 pm17:00

Christmas Eve Caroling Under the Arch - Dec 24th at 5pm

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 at 5 pm is the traditional time to celebrate the holiday with carols at the Washington Square Arch.  The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader, and the revelers from all over the city will lustily sing out the familiar tunes.  The words are in the songbooks distributed by the Washington Square Association, but many will know them by heart.  “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” will ring out to remind us all of the true meaning of the holidays. 

The Holiday Tree Lighting - Dec 9th at 6pm
Dec
9
6:00 pm18:00

The Holiday Tree Lighting - Dec 9th at 6pm

On Wednesday, December 9 at 6 pm, the Rob Susman Brass Quartet and children and grown-ups alike will sing holiday songs.  The sparkling lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings.  Santa Claus himself has promised to appear, candy canes in hand,  and lead the children in the illumination countdown.  The Washington Square Association provides songbooks. 

Nov
20
8:00 pm20:00

Wash. Square Music Festival Concert Nov. 20th at St. Joseph's

  • St. Joseph's Church

On Friday, November 20 at 8 pm in St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village, 371 Sixth Avenue at Washington Place, the Washington Square Music Festival offers a pre-holiday gift to music lovers – A Celebration of Strings, a free concert of 20th century music by Jerome Kern, Ernest Bloch, & Richard Strauss.  Lutz Rath conducts Festival String Chamber Orchestra.  

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 at 8 pm

St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village, 371 Sixth Ave.

 West 4th St on A, B, C, D, E, F, M

Christopher St. on 1 train

 

Washington Square Music Festival Chamber Orchestra

Lutz Rath, conductor

 

A CELEBRATION OF STRINGS

Lutz Rath, conductor

 

Jerome Kern: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" for string quartet

Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso # 1 for strings & piano obbligato

Richard StraussMetamorphosen for 23 solo strings

 

Festival info line: 212-252-3621          www.washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org

Benefit at the Lion for The Jefferson Market Garden
Sep
9
5:30 pm17:30

Benefit at the Lion for The Jefferson Market Garden

  • The Lion

The Jefferson Market Garden is one of the most beautiful enclaves in the city with rich neighborhood history.  Please join us at the The Lion to raise money for and celebrate this Village treasure.

When: September 9th, 2015 from 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: The Lion, 62 West 9th Street - Greenwich Village

Tickets start at $150.  

For more information go to http://www.JeffersonMarketGarden.org

Jul
7
Jul 8

Washington Square Music Festival - American Jazz - Free

Tuesday, July 7, 8 pm - American Jazz

On Tuesday July 7 at 8 pm in Washington Square, The Washington Square Music Festival offers New York Jazzharmonic, a 17 piece band playing original music, big band favorites, and surprises.  Ron Wasserman is founder and conductor, JP Joffre, bandoneon, and Elvy Yost, vocalist,   Included in the offerings are a new arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner, He Beeped When He should Have Bopped by Dizzy Gillespie, and April in Paris.  The Festival is under the auspices of the Washington Square Association, Inc.  Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.  Rainspace: NYU’s Frederick Lowe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street.   Festival info line: 212-252- 3621,                 www.washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org

New York Jazzharmonic

Tuesday, July 7

Main Stage in Washington Square

Rainspace: NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street

 

The New York Jazzharmonic 

Ron Wasserman, artistic director and conductor 

Miho Hazama, associate director and conductor 

JP Jofre, bandoneon 

Elvy Yost, vocalist 

 

Original Music, Big Band Favorites, and Surprises

 

The Star Spangled Banner, arranged by Ron Wasserman

 

From the Duke Ellington Book: 

Take the A Train, Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) 

 

From the Woody Herman book: 

Four Brothers, Jimmy Giuffre (1921-2008) 

 

From the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band Book: 

He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped, Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993) 

 

Spiral Steps, Miho Hazama (b. 1986) 

 

Universe, 

Taranguino, 

Milongon, JP Jofre (b. 1983) 

 

From the Count Basie Book: 

April in Paris, Vernon Duke and Yip Harburg, arr: Wild Bill Davis. 

 

Bethena, 

Ragtime Dance, 

The Easy Winners, Scott Joplin (c.1867-1917) arr: Ron Wasserman 

 

Oscar Peterson tribute, arr: Miho Hazama 

 

From the Peggy Lee songbook: 

Kansas City, Jerry Leiber (1933-2011) and Mike Stoller (b. 1933) 

 

Fantastic Lights, Ron Wasserman 

 

From the Benny Goodman book: 

Sing, Sing, Sing, Louis Prima, (1910-1978) arr: Jimmy Mundy (1907-1983) 

a recreation of the historic 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert, reconstructed by Ron Wasserman 

 

 This innovative 17-piece orchestra was founded by Ron Wasserman, artistic director, prolific composer-orchestrator, and veteran Principal Bassist with the New York City Ballet orchestra since 1988.  A graduate of Juilliard, Mr. Wasserman's works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, the New York City Ballet, and in other venues in the USA, Italy, Scotland, and the Dominican Republic.  He has produced three CDs of his original compositions.

 

"I've long dreamed of creating a multi-genre large group to perform original new works by notable composers in the jazz idiom expanded with elements of classical and world music,” says Wasserman. "This will be ‘crossover,' or 'Third Stream,' in the most creative and swinging sense, and The New York Jazzharmonic will play lots of pure creative jazz."

 

The Washington Square Music Festival is made possible with public funding through Councilmember Margaret Chin & The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.  Generous grants from The Earle K. & Katherine F. Moore Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Washington Square Association, Music Performance Trust Fund, The Margaret Neubart Foundation Trust, New York University Community Affairs & NYU Community Fund, Salamon-Abrams Family Fund, Three Sheets/Off the Wagon/Down the Hatch, Con Edison, the Washington Square Park Conservancy and The Alec Baldwin Foundation, are deeply appreciated, as is invaluable help from NYC Parks & Recreation.

Jun
30
Jul 1

Washington Square Park Music Festival - Winds, Strings and Voice - Free

Tuesday, June 30, 8 pm - Winds, Strings, and Voice

Festival Chamber Ensemble

Max Bruch:    Septet for winds and strings (1849)

Alexander von Zemlinsky:  Maiblumen blühten überal/Mayflowers Bloom All Over for mezzo-soprano & string sextet (text by Richard Dehmel),

Laila Salins, soloist

Ludwig van Beethoven:    Septet 

Annual Meeting of the Washington Square Association June 29th at 6pm
Jun
29
6:00 pm18:00

Annual Meeting of the Washington Square Association June 29th at 6pm

We will be holding our annual meeting on Monday, June 29 at 6 pm, at  NYU’s  King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South.  Our special guest speaker is  Emily Kies Folpe, Ph.D,,  art historian and author of  It happened on Washington Square.  The title of the presentation is “Picturing the Square”. Washington Square through the eyes of artists from Edward Hopper to Red Grooms.   Refreshments will be served.  

There is no charge, but please RSVP to pacrasia@aol.com .  Members of the Washington Square Association  and neighbors in the community are welcome to join us.  

The next day, Tuesday the 30th, we will be celebrating the second concert of this season's Washington Square Music Festival.  Don't miss it!

Washington Square Music Festival: Harp and Chamber Orchestra June 23rd
Jun
23
8:00 pm20:00

Washington Square Music Festival: Harp and Chamber Orchestra June 23rd

On Tuesday June 23 at 8 pm in Washington Square, Harp Chamber Orchestra features an unusual program ranging from a setting of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Mask of Red Death” by André Caplet, to the more familiar Peer Gynt suite by Grieg.  The harp, played by Lynette Wardle, is the featured instrument in three works.

Washington Square Music Festival: Famed Clarinetist Stanley Drucker Returns to the Park June 16th - Free
Jun
16
8:00 pm20:00

Washington Square Music Festival: Famed Clarinetist Stanley Drucker Returns to the Park June 16th - Free

  • Washington Square Park New York, NY 10003 USA

On Tuesday June 16 at 8 pm, Stanley Drucker, long-time first clarinet of the NY Philharmonic, re-joins the Washington Square Festival Orchestra conducted by Lutz Rath, in AlphornClarinet, Oboe & Orchestrathe opening free concert of the Festival’s 57th season.  The Festival is under the auspices of the Washington Square Association, Inc.  Seating is on a first-come, first served basis. Festival info line: 212-252-3621 www.washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org

Washington Square Music Festival Benefit
May
3
4:00 pm16:00

Washington Square Music Festival Benefit

Sample French Moroccan savories & sweets, and unlimited wine.  Enjoy music by Festival artists. Celebrate the Festival's Crystal Anniversary year.  Most of all support our wonderful mission to bring music and events to Washington Square Park in our 57th season of free concerts.

The fundraiser is generously hosted by Le Souk on 510 Laguardia Place.