August 11, 2011
Pianists Blair McMillen and Pam Goldberg recently announced the first annual Rite of Summer Music Festival, taking place Summer 2011 on Governors Island, New York City. This will be the first classical-contemporary concert series on Governors Island, a place the New York Times has called a Playground for the Arts. The aim of the Festival is simple: to present the highest quality live performances, and to bring free contemporary classical music to as many people as possible in a relaxed, fun, outdoor setting.
Kicking off July 2, 2011 the festival's opening concert was a blowout performance of Terry Riley's infamous minimalist manifesto "In C" led by keyboardist/conductor/musical impresario Jed Distler.
The second concert takes place this Saturday, August 13 at 1pm and 3pm and features the plugged-in, genre-bending, rock/electronica-inspired string quartet ETHEL.
Tickets for this concert are FREE. So grab your friends and family and head to Governor's Island this weekend for an exciting live performance by Cantaloupe recording artist, ETHEL!