On Thursday at 8pm, Jazz Night features guitarists Howard Alden and Bucky Pizzarelli. On Friday at 7pm, Bargemusic celebrates Independence Day with the Voxare Quartet and guest violinist, Mark Peskanov, playing works by Mozart and Dvorak. On Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm, violinist Mark Peskanov, cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park play works by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak.
Dear Music Lovers,
What an exhilarating week we just had!
This past Friday, NeoLIT ensemble, in their Bargemusic debut, gave an exciting performance of many interesting new compositions by American women composers.
And if that was not exciting enough, we had a special guest in attendance-Steve Smith, prominent music writer-and this time he was assigned by the New York Times to review this concert. Fast forward two days later: I am at the computer at 1am reading the music review of our concert from the New York Times website. It’s a beautiful review, where the writer compliments the musicians for their performance, composers for their compositions and in his words, Bargemusic for its “admirable Here and Now series, which celebrates contemporary American music.”
This Thursday, two of the very finest guitar players you’ll ever hear are performing here. And Friday is our big celebration of Independence Day.
Fast rewind to the early 70s in an Odessa, Soviet Union, movie theater: I am with a friend of mine and his mother watching a French comedy titled something like “Inspector Cousteau in New York.” I was twelve and for the first time I was seeing New York City. It was totally overwhelming. It was in color. I saw the Statue of Liberty, China Town and the Empire State Building. I have no idea how this movie passed the censorship back then. At the end of the film, I was full of tears and so was my friend. In that moment, we both felt hopeless behind the Iron Curtain. I could never have imagined then how I would be practically holding the hand of the Statue of Liberty from our Bargemusic tented roof this Friday.
Happy Independence Day and Lots of Love,