Called “a valuable part of New York’s musical fabric” by The New York Times, Ensemble Connect will present a newly commissioned work by renowned composer and virtuoso percussionist Andy Akiho. Written in collaboration with the 2016–2018 Ensemble Connect fellows, Akiho’s work will receive its NY premiere at the Rite of Summer Music Festival. Rounding out the adventurous program are contemporary and classical works inspired by summer weather and collective music making.
Ensemble Connect is made up of some of the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States who are taking part in a two-year fellowship program created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. The program prepares fellows for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership by offering them top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner throughout the fellowship with a New York City public school.
Rite of Summer
Now in its eighth season on Governors Island, Rite of Summer is a classical contemporary music festival that takes place over four weekends during the summer months. The festival features many of NYC’s most engaging and innovative artists &ensembles. The Rite of Summer “concert hall” is Colonels Row, a short walk from both the Manhattan & Brooklyn ferries. All performances are free and open to the public.
Date: Saturday, June 9th
Time: 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Location: Governor’s Island: Colonels Row
Age(s): All ages welcome
For more information, visit their website HERE.