The Summer 2017 Washington Square Music Festival Program

Music Director Lutz Rath has announced the 59th season of the Washington Square Music Festival taking place in the center of Washington Square on the Main Stage. All concerts are free. The Festival is under the auspices of the Washington Square Association, Inc. Seating is first come, first served.

 

WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL OPENS WITH CARMINA BURANA – Tuesday, June 6 at 8 pm

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.

June 6, 8 pm: The Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Lutz Rath

Info: 212-252-3621www.washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org

Main Stage, Washington Square Park – FREE

Rainspace: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South

Georges Bizet: Overture to Carmen

Carl OrffCarmina Burana

Soloists: Ariadne Greif, soprano; Lindell O. Carter, tenor; Michael Kelly, baritone  The Stonewall Chorale & members of Melodia Women’s Choir

Timpanist & percussionist Charles Kiger, is one of New York’s most active musicians and concert producers, and, more recently a transcriber.  His Carmina Burana follows a previous, highly-successful piano and violin transcription of Richard Strauss’s orchestral tone poem Don Juan, Op. 20.  These two projects represent Mr. Kiger’s continuing effort to further explore large, orchestral masterpieces in a chamber setting.  As a performer he has appeared recently as Principal Timpanist and Percussionist with the American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera Orchestra, The Richmond Symphony, The Strathmere Festival Orchestra, Washington Square Music Festival, The OrchestraNow, The Handel Society of Dartmouth, Riverside Choral Society, and Binghamton Philharmonic.  He was formerly Principal Timpanist of the Jupiter Symphony, as well as solo percussionist of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.  Currently, he is Timpanist and orchestra manager for the Spectrum Symphony of NY, as well as Solo Timpanist and Percussionist with the Washington Square Music Festival.  He has performed extensively in the recent Broadway productions of

 “A Chorus Line”, “West Side Story”, and “Billy Elliot” to name a few, and “Radio City Christmas Spectacular”.  Since 2003, he has been the solo percussionist for Italian tenor Michael Amante, and more recently with the NY Tenors and Julie Budd.  He works extensively as a performer at Bard College, as well to producing live concerts and studio recordings.  His principal teacher was conductor Jens Nygaard.

UP-COMING CONCERTS

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.

 

 

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  

 

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

Programs are subject to change

 

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 with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  Generous grants from The Earle K. & Katherine F. Moore 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, The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation, Con Edison, the Washington Square Park Conservancy, and Three Sheets Saloon/ Off the Wagon/Down the Hatch, and Sanford L. Smith Associates are deeply appreciated.

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The Washington Square Music Festival is made possible with public funding through Councilwoman 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 Washington Square Association, Music Performance Trust Fund, The Margaret Neubart Foundation Trust, New York University Community Affairs & NYU Community Fund, Salamon-Abrams Family Fund, Down The Hatch/Three Sheets/Off The Wagon,  Con Edison, and the Washington Square Hotel are deeply appreciated, as is invaluable help from NYC Parks & Recreation.

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The Festival was founded in 1953 by violinist and neighbor Alexander Schneider, member of the famed Budapest String Quartet, and the Washington Square Association. Over the years the concerts have become a venerable summer tradition, shaped by Peggy Friedman, executive director, the late music director Henry Schuman, and the current music director, Lutz Rath, as well as countless patrons, volunteers and neighborhood agencies that make the Festival such a popular evening event.  

Peggy Friedman, Executive Director
Jean Lyman Goetz, Festival Manager
Laima Hood, chair, Board of Directors
Suzette Jacobs, Associate Music Director
Lutz Rath, Music Director
 

The sole activity of The Washington Square Music Festival is to present free concerts. New York has other free outdoor classical concert series, but only the Washington Square Music Festival is sponsored by a local civic organization—the Washington Square Association, Inc.

To make a donation for the Washington Square Music Festival, please send a check to WASHINGTON SQUARE ASSOCIATION MUSIC FUND, c/o 1 FifthAveneue, #14J, New York, NY 10003-4312.