Washington Square Music Festival

Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 was a big crowd pleaser at the Festival's free concert Friday, Nov. 30 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich Village, NYC.   From left, pianist David Oei, flutist Elizabeth Mann, violinist Eriko Sato, cellist Lutz Rath, violinist Theresa Salomon and violist Veronica Salas, all long-time Music Festival artists.  photo by Ken Howard © 2007
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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival New York, New York USA
Festival Contact Information

Washington Square Music Festival
P. O. Box 1066, Village Station
New York, NY 10014-0706 USA
Phone: (01) 212-252-3621
Email: info@washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org

Festival Description

The Washington Square Music Festival, a free outdoor classical concert series in the evenings. Great music under the stars are performed by musicians who regularly play in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan and New York City Opera orchestras and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The Festival was founded in 1953 by violinist Alexander Schneider and the Washington Square Association to present free chamber orchestra concerts as an enhancement to our historic park. Over the years, the series has become a valued Downtown summer tradition, designed to reflect the artistic and intellectual values of the community and to attract demographically diverse music lovers from all over the city and beyond. Washington Square is beloved as a neighborhood gathering place, and our concerts historically have added to positive community ambiance. Even though our venerable stage near the statue of Garibaldi has been demolished and the new one has not been built, we will continue our tradition by performing in front of the Holley statue on the west side of the Square.

The purpose and goal of the Festival is to provide free concerts of high artistic quality not only to introduce younger people to the best of classical-period composers -- Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert -- performed by top-rate, critically acclaimed musicians, but to offer more seasoned music-lovers new and adventurous repertory. Our neighborhood park, in the center of Greenwich Village, is very inviting both to concert aficionados and to first-timers and has a long history of cutting edge al fresco attractions. Our carefully tuned sound support system allows us to cover the large area and thus reach many people who might not have known about the concert, but stay to listen and enjoy. We are the second oldest free music series in New York (the first is Naumburg).

Cellist and educator Lutz Rath, Music Director, is charged with hiring the players and creating the programs. He regularly speaks informally from the podium, giving “program notes,” as do some of our soloists.

Festival Dates July 9 - 23, 2013
Festival Links http://www.washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org/

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