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.
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 31 – Memorial 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 7 – Imani 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 14 – Tara 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.