The 57th Season of the Washington Square Music Festival Begins June 16th - Free Things To Do

The Washington Square Association is proud to announce that the 57th season of the Washington Square Music Festival begins this Junes 16th and continues into July.   Our free concerts in the park are a long standing tradition of beautiful and interesting music brought to our community through the support of many community organizations.  

This season includes 4 concerts starting June 16th:

Tuesday, June 16, 8 pm -  Alphorn, Clarinet, Oboe & Orchestra

Joseph Anderer, alphorn

Stanley Drucker, clarinet

Matthew Sullivan, oboe

Leopold Mozart: Concerto for alphorn and chamber orchestra 

Frederico Busoni:   Concertino for clarinet and small orchestra op. 48   

Jean Francaix:   Flower Clock for oboe and chamber orchestra   

Maurice Ravel:    Pavane for a Dead Princess


Tuesday, June 23, 8 pm -  Harp, Celeste, and Spoken Words

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

Festival Chamber Orchestra

André Caplet: Conte Fantastique for harp, string quartet, and speaker -- from E.A. Poe’s “The Mask of Red Death”

Sofia Gubaidulina: Five Etudes for harp, double bass, and percussion

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt suite for chamber orchestra and harp


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 


Tuesday, July 7, 8 pm - American Jazz

New York Jazzharmonic, 17 piece band 

 Ron Wasserman, Artistic Director and Leader

JP Jofre, bandoneon

 Elvy Yost, vocalist

Music of Billy Strayhorn, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Scott Joplin, John Philip Sousa, JP Jofre, Meho Hazama, and a recreation of the 1938 Carnegie Hall version of Benny Goodman's Sing Sing Sing.

Note: Programs are subject to change

About the Washington Square Music Festival

The Washington Square Music Festival is made possible with public funding through Councilmember Margaret Chin and 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 Goldsmith W. Foundation, 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.