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Rite of Summer Music Festival
Free Outdoor Concerts
Jul 16, 2022, Aug 20, 2022, Sep 10, 2022
Nolan Park - Nolan Park - Lawn
Don’t miss the 11th season of the Rite of Summer Music Festival, taking place Summer 2022 on Governors Island. Rite of Summer will present four free outdoor concerts from May through September. Rite of Summer shows will be presented twice the same day, at 1pm and 3pm, in Nolan Park for each respective date.
May 21: Piano sextet Grand Band performs New York Keys featuring works of four New York composers, including a world première by Grand Band member Erika Dohi, and, for his 85th birthday celebration, an original arrangement of Philip Glass’s Part 9 from his groundbreaking Music in Twelve Parts, Julius Eastman’s Gay Guerilla and Paul Kerekes’s bloom.
July 16: Violinist Curtis Stewart performs of Love:, a set of works to cherish all the time we live through. of Love features music of Alice Coltrane, Johannes Brahms, Greek Folk Tunes, Duke Ellington, Henry Purcell, The Killers, Bill Withers, JS Bach, Kendrick Lamar/Thundercat, and Curtis Stewart.
August 20: The Westerlies perform Brass Roots: American Folk Traditions, featuring music of Woody Guthrie, the Golden Gate Quartet, John Prine, and Judee Sill heard anew, alongside works by composers whose use of folk melodies transcended their time, from the sophistication of Duke Ellington to the bold imagination of Charles Ives.
September 10: Sybarite5 performs The Revolve Tour. Centered around Andy Akiho’s epic work Revolve from Sybarite5’s recent album that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Charts, The Revolve Tour explores how new perspectives can change perceptions. New works written exclusively for the group by Kamala Sankaram, Jackson Greenberg, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Pedro Giraudo, Jessica Meyer, Shawn Conley, and Jobina Tinnemans will be featured alongside music of the Punch Brothers, Komitas, Radiohead, and Andy Akiho’s Revolve.
See below for past programs and events on Governors Island.