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Bryant Park presents after-work jazz and classical performances with renowned artists

Harried New Yorkers and visitors to the city can enjoy a series of five, one-evening-only classical and jazz performances hosted by Public Radio’s Bill McGlaughlin. These free Monday evening concerts will take place on the park’s Fountain Terrace (6th Ave & W. 41st St.) from May 17 to June 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

The Artists

May 17 – Karrin Allyson Quartet
Allyson, a three-time Grammy Nominee as Best Jazz Vocalist, at the piano with Rod Fleeman, guitar, Ed Howard, bass and master percussionist, Lewis Nash.

May 24 – Orion String Quartet
One of the world’s most sought-after classical music ensembles, the Orion has worked closely with Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, Andras Schiff, Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea.

May 31Memorial Day with Mark O’Connor
The Grammy-winning master fiddler and composer musical partner of hundreds of artists from Allison Krauss to Renée Fleming, from James Taylor to Yo Yo Ma, brings his quartet to Bryant Park for a Memorial Day celebration.

June 7Imani Winds
Like no other chamber ensemble on this planet. The name ‘Imani’ means ‘faith’ in Swahili and is a guiding principle for these musicians. The quintet performs its unique classical compositions which encompass blends of European,
American, African and Latin American music.

June 14Tara Helen O’Connor, Daniel Phillips, violin/viola, June Moon, harp
The charismatic flutist, a regular with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing Debussy, Bach and Piazolla.

Bill McGlaughlin is a composer, conductor and Peabody Award winner. He is host of Exploring Music and St. Paul Sunday, heard over WQXR.

Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park. BPC is funded by income from events, concessions and corporate sponsors, as well as an assessment on neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic funds. In addition to providing security and sanitation services, and tending the park’s lush lawn and gardens, BPC provides public amenities and activities, including movable chairs and tables, café umbrellas, restrooms, restaurants and food kiosks, and many exciting events throughout the year.

For more information contact Joseph J. Carella Associates Inc. — Public Relations at 212-262-8800.

Exploring Music benefit

The Board of Trustees of WTTW and WFMT and
the WFMT Radio Committee invite you to save the date
for a celebratory evening
to benefit 98.7 WFMT and its national series
Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin.

Please join us for cocktails, dinner and a very special live program
featuring performance and conversation with
Bill McGlaughlin and the Juilliard String Quartet.

Tuesday, June 23, 6:00 pm
Palmer House
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago

Your support of this event will be matched by a generous challenge grant from
The Irving Harris Foundation.

Seating is limited, please respond by June 12.

Individual tickets are $150; higher levels of support are available.

Should you be unable to attend, your support of Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin is welcome.

You may also choose to sponsor a music student’s attendance at the event in your place.

Learn more or purchase tickets by contacting Mindy Williams at
(773) 279-2017 or mwilliams@wfmt.com

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