Summer brings a lot of great things: barbecues, flip-flops and picnics. And music…specifically, music under the stars. Even better, free music under the stars. And, lucky us, each year a wonderful festival happens right next door. The Washington Square Park Music Festival runs free concerts on several Tuesday evenings in June and August. This series of chamber orchestra, opera, vocals and jazz performances has been running since 1953, which make it one of the oldest in the city.
First up, on June 17th, is the Harmonica and Harp with the Washington Square Park Festival Orchestra. Guest soloist on the harmonica is Robert Bonfiglio (pictured above) who was been touted as “the Paganini of the harmonica” by the L.A. Times.
Tuesday the 24th brings Vocal Music/Baroque to Modern with the Festival Chamber Ensemble, which features soloists, soprano Lucia Hyunju Song and mezzo-soprano Laila Salins.
The third and final concert will be held on Friday, August 8th: A Partnership Concert with the International Double Reed Society/NYU, which will be hosted by oboist Matthew Sullivan
Shows start at 8 pm and seating is first come, first served. And again, there’s no charge! But while it’s true that these concerts are free and meant to be enjoyed by all, they do cost bucks to put on, and you can definitely give the Washington Square Association Music Fund a leg up for next year by sending them a tax-deductible donation.
Come by the restaurant and grab a drink and a nosh before (or after) the show and let us know what you think!
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