Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic Members to Perform at Inaugural 'Make Music New York' Festival

Classic Arts News   Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic Members to Perform at Inaugural 'Make Music New York' Festival
A free, two-hour concert by singers from the Metropolitan Opera and musicians from the New York Philharmonic will highlight the debut of Make Music New York, a city-wide celebration on June 21, the first day of summer.

The recital will take place from noon until 2 p.m. at Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza. Singers and a pianist from the Metropolitan Opera will open the program with highlights from the Met's upcoming season; details of performers and repertoire will be announced later.

Musicians from the New York Philharmonic will then perform a pair of chamber works: NY-based composer Steven Gerber's Spirituals for clarinet and string quartet (2002) and Mozart's "Dissonance" String Quartet (K. 465 in C major). The string quartet will consist of violinists Michelle Kim and Minyoung Chang, violist Robert Rinehart and cellist Eileen Moon; clarinetist Pascual Mart‹nez Forteza will join for Spirituals.

Other classical events include Met Opera percussionist Greg Zuber playing contemporary works at 55 Water Street Plaza, the New York Consort of Viols playing Renaissance music at West Side Community Garden on 90th Street, a 75-member ensemble playing Terry Riley's In C on Cornelia Street and the Greenpoint Community Orchestra playing near McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn.

Make Music New York is modeled after France's "Fê_te de la Musique," first held in 1982 in Paris and an annual event throughout the country ever since. Other cities which have followed suit with their own "Fê_tes" include Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney.

Other offerings in New York's inaugural event, which spans a huge range from Turkish religious music to underground hip-hop, includes chamber pop at the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, Sacred Harp singers on the Lower East Side, Hip-hop at Adam Clayton Powell Plaza in Harlem, Tuvan throat singers and teenage tap dancers in Chelsea, funk and reggae in Jamaica, indie rock on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, blues at the ferry terminal in Staten Island, an all-female Latin ensemble at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and bluegrass on the Brooklyn Bridge.

A preliminary list of participating artists and concert sites can be found at

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