This summer’s River to River Festival brings a myriad of fun, free events to the Downtown area. This year, River to River presents a four-week season that focuses on artists who are native New Yorkers or whose works have been greatly inspired by the Big Apple. Several events scheduled for June and July will be held at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Pace’s NYC Campus.
Monday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.
River to River presents the New York premiere of acclaimed new music composer Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses. This full-length multimedia opera created in collaboration with librettist Donna Di Novelli, film artist Ali Hossaini, and director Kevin Newbury is set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, where two ghosts re-enact their courtship, a sailor searches for lost songs, and a scholar discovers a common past.
Tuesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Sharp eloquence, humanist politics, and mystic poetries are given a global voice by this singer-songwriter and his acoustic band from Islamabad, Pakistan. Azhar leads a quartet of musicians in an eclectic mix of urban and folk-based songs grounded in Sufi and other humanist poetries from across Eurasia, paying tribute to Irish balladeers, Croatian gypsies, Punjabi traders, and ancient Sanskrit texts.
Source of Uncertainty II
Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Source of Uncertainty II features a premiere performance of Energy Shapes by Morton Subotnick and excerpts from Silver Apples of the Moon. Preceding Subotnick’s performance will be a presentation of Orchestra of the Damned by Richard Lainhart.
Missy Mazzoli and Victoire
Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The River to River Festival presents a musical portrait of “postclassical queen bee,” composer Missy Mazzoli. Performing songs with her own signature “shimmering, surging, post-Minimalist flow” (Time Out New York), Mazzoli will be joined by Matt Mehlan with his band Skeletons. The concert will feature world premieres by Mehlan and Mazzoli.
Alarm Will Sound performing John Cage’s Song Books
Sunday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound’s fans know that the group has been combining music and theater for some time now. What they might not know is that John Cage’s work was an early inspiration to take that path. The members of the ensemble did a production of Song Books as students years before starting Alarm Will Sound and much of what they’ve accomplished since then in innovating the concert-hall experience goes right back to the excitement they felt during that first Song Books.
For more information about these and other events going on in the Downtown area, visit the River to River site.