Photo by Fadi Kheir
Rite of Summer: Ensemble Connect
Inspired by the setting of Governors Island—once a seasonal Native American fishing camp, then a military base, now reclaimed as public parkland in the waters of New York City—Ensemble Connect presents a program juxtaposing the urban and rural; the natural and man-made; a nostalgia for an idyllic past and an uncertainty about a sustainable future. Featuring works by Lou Harrison, Gabriella Smith, Yie Eun Chun, and Charles Ives.
This event features two performances at 1pm and 3pm.
Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for extraordinary young professional classical musicians residing in the US that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and partnerships throughout the fellowship with New York City public schools.
On the concert stage and in schools and communities, Ensemble Connect has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of the concerts, the fresh and open-minded approach to programming, and the ability to actively engage any audience.
Moving on to the next stage of their careers, Ensemble Connect’s 119 alums are now making an impact on the national and international musical landscape in a wide variety of artistic and educational arenas. Continuing the strong bonds formed through the program, in 2011 alums formed the chamber music collective Decoda, which has been named an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall.
Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and passionate advocates of music throughout the community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble Connect are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century.
Rite of Summer
Rite of Summer produces free outdoor concerts of classical and cutting-edge contemporary music, performed by many of New York City’s best-known soloists and ensembles. These musicians, all of whom perform on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages, are excited about reaching a younger and more eclectic audience base on Governors Island. The festival’s “concert hall” is Nolan Park– a grassy lawn where listeners are encouraged to sprawl out on blankets or picnic tables and take in the great outdoors. Audiences of all ages are captivated by the series, the setting, the music, and the full Governors Island experience.