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Apr
27
Sat
2019
Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Apr 27 – Apr 28 all-day

Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

April 27 – 28, 2019

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
900 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn

This annual, highly anticipated event draws multitudes of attendees as we all gather in celebration of the season, the beautiful blossoms from/of the cherry trees and enjoy all the many Japanese cultural offerings.

From taiko drumming, other musical performances (indie , punk, pop genres and others), martial arts demonstrations to dance performances, Kabuki Buyo dance and much more.

One needs a ticket for either or both days and you can head on over to the official website to learn more.  Members of the garden, as is the case with many other venues, get discounted access. Students and seniors get discounts as well.

Also, visit this page at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for info as well.

Please do keep in mind how this is merely a special event taking place over two days. You can always visit the garden on other days to experience the luscious pinks of the cherry blossoms as they’ll be in bloom for a period of time. We’ve done it repeatedly, paying close attention to the one day of the week when admission is free. Be sure to visit their site for details in that regard.

May
1
Wed
2019
Dance Party at Bryant Park 2019 : Live Performances & Dancing
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dance Party at Bryant Park 2019

Wednesdays from May 1 – June 5, 2019

Dance Lessons: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Live Music and Dancing: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Bryant Park located betw. 40th & 42nd Streets and Fifth & Sixth Avenues

Be sure to check at the official site for additional details as well as alerts as to last minute cancellations and such.

Back again this year of 2019 will be popular music-oriented offering featuring dance lessons and 1 1/2 hours of live music.

Starting off the season’s sessions will be Tito Puente Jr. on Wednesday, May 1.

Following that opening night will be an additional five evenings crammed with music loving fun made up of live performances, dance lessons and dancing the time away.

“”Dance Party, which is curated by Talia Castro-Pozo, convenes on the Fountain Terrace on Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 1 through June 5. The season winds up in grand fashion on Friday, June 7, with the five-hour Latin Dance Festival.””

Also, found below on this page are videos shared by the folks at Bryant Park as well as others featuring past years’ worth of fun at this special event of music-filled fun.

May 1
Salsa Night with Tito Puente

May 8
Latin & Ballroom Night with Fleur Seule

May 15
Contra Dance Night with Brooklyn Swing

May 22
R&B Night with Exenia

May 29
Cumbia Dance Night with LaMar

June 5
LGBTQ Dance Night with Adam Bastien and Jerome Bell of NBC’s the Voice

Video: Bryant Park Presents Dance Party: Latin Festival 2016 as shared by: Street Visuals

Video: Bryant Park Dance Party as shared by Bryant Park NYC:

Cuban Salsa at Bryant Park – Global Rhythm Dancers as shared by Ron Lugo:

May
5
Sun
2019
QSO’s All Mozart Concert  at Mary’s Nativity Church
May 5 all-day

QSO’s All Mozart Concert at Mary’s Nativity Church

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mary’s Nativity Church
46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.)
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 359-5996

The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra returns to Mary’s Nativity Church on Sunday, May 5th at 7:30pm to perform an all Mozart concert.

The program includes his Symphony No.29, Apollo et Hyacinthus Overture and Flute Concerto No.1 featuring Sojung Moon. Maestro Dong-Hyun Kim will lead the orchestra.

No tickets are necessary but a free-will offering will graciously be accepted.

TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2019
May 5 all-day

TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Be sure to visit the official site here…

Here’s a youtube video as taken from a participant at the 2017 ride:

The following is from a previous year (2016)

32,000 cyclists to ride 40 miles through five boroughs of NYC on car-free streets in America’s largest bike ride; proceeds fund largest free urban bike education program of its kind in the world.

(New York, NY) On the morning of May 1st, 32,000 cyclists from every state in the nation and dozens of countries around the world will come together in lower Manhattan in support of Bike New York’s free bike education programs. From there, they will ride 40 miles through the five boroughs of New York City on car-free streets, which will include the FDR Drive, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and the Queensboro and Verrazano-Narrows Bridges. Using proceeds from the Tour, Bike New York has, over the years, taught bike skills to tens of thousands of kids and adults throughout the five boroughs. The nonprofit’s free bike education program is the largest of its kind in the world—last year alone, more than 17,000 kids and adults learned bike skills.

May
23
Thu
2019
Todd Crow, a “Pianist’s Pianist,” Presented in Recital at Zankel Hall
May 23 all-day
Todd Crow, photo by Karl Rabe

Vassar College Department of Music Presents

Todd Crow, a “Pianist’s Pianist,” Presented in Recital at Zankel Hall

Thursday, May 23, 2019
at 7:30 pm

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

MENDELSSOHN
Fantasia in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28 (Sonate écossaise)

SCHUMANN
Kreisleriana

DEBUSSY
Etude No. 10, “Pour les Sonorités opposées”

HENRI DUTILLEUX
Three Préludes

BARTÓK
Dance Suite

Tickets: $25
Call 212-247-7800 or visit www.carnegiehall.org
For discounted tickets for Vassar College alumnae/i, email the Music Department Office at [email protected].

Todd Crow is a pianist whose artistry has brought him critical superlatives in the U.S. and notably in England – there largely through regular appearances on the BBC. The New York Times has described his playing as “heroic, [showing] endless flair, color and stamina.” The Times of London has praised his performances as “spine-chilling” and “exhilarating,” and The Wall Street Journal said that his playing exhibited “stunning control and a wonderful sense of musical architecture.”

Todd was a member of the Vassar College faculty for 49 years, retiring in June 2018 as the George Sherman Dickinson Professor of Music. The Vassar College Department of Music is presenting Todd Crow in recital at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, March 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm. His program is a hearty meal of virtuoso pianism: Mendelssohn’s Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28; Schumann’sKreisleriana, Op. 16; Debussy’s Etude No. 10 “pour les Sonorités opposées”; Three Préludes by Henri Dutilleux; and Bartók’s Dance Suite.

Thomas Sauer, a colleague of Todd Crow’s at Vassar, had this to say: “It was my good fortune to have served on the Vassar piano faculty with Todd Crow for 19 years. He was the kindest, most selfless and generously supportive colleague imaginable, and his personal pianistic standards would be the envy of a performer at any stage of a performing career.”

“Many of his colleagues consider him to be a pianist’s pianist,” wrote the critic Jed Distler on ClassicsToday about Chopin: The Late Mazurkas (MSR, 2018), Crow’s latest in a series of distinguished recordings that have earned him a string of critical acclaim over the years. Two discs in particular of performances recorded for BBC broadcast – Todd Crow: The BBC Recordings, Volume 1 (2010), music of Mendelssohn, Mendelssohn/Liszt, Moscheles, and Schumann; and Volume 2 (2013), piano variations of Brahms and Dvorák – elicited from Fanfare magazine what is perhaps definitive praise for this pianist, calling him “…among the aristocrats of keyboard artists,” and saying this: “Todd Crow is an American treasure. He combines a solid technique and beautiful keyboard touch with complete mastery of the music.”

In recent years he has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, England, Italy, Israel, the Czech Republic, and elsewhere, and in recital or chamber music at the Berlioz/Dutilleux Festival in Manchester, England, Washington’s National Gallery of Art, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. He has performed frequently with such groups as the Brentano, Borromeo, Composers, Concord, Shanghai, Miami, Daedalus, Jupiter, Miró, Parker, Dover and Escher string quartets, the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and with many eminent soloists including famed jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the American Symphony in 1992 and his London orchestral debut at the Barbican Centre with the London Philharmonic in 1986.  He has been heard on BBC Radio for many years in both live and recorded performances, and on National Public Radio in the USA, as well as many other American radio stations.

Since 1996, he has been music director and pianist of the Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music in Northeast Harbor, Maine, now looking forward to its 55th season. In addition to frequent appearances at the Bard Music Festival, he has been heard at the Casals Festival, Music Mountain, Maverick Concerts, and other festivals. His CDs include sonatas of Haydn and Schubert, Liszt’s transcription for piano solo of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, works of Sergei Taneyev and Dohnányi, the complete works for cello and piano by Mendelssohn (with cellist Mark Shuman), and Ernst Toch’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the NDR-Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein. Released in 2016, a CD entitled Of Love of You–A Tribute to Emery W. Harper features world premiere recordings of new American works for piano, soprano, and bass-baritone by Bolcom, Liebermann, Rands, Stucky, Del Tredici, Wyner, and others. Todd Crow can also be heard on the Albany, ASV, Bridge, First Impression, Golden String, New World, and Toccata Classics labels.

Born in Santa Barbara, California, Todd Crow is an honors graduate of the University of California and The Juilliard School. Among his teachers have been Erno Dániel, Ania Dorfmann, and at the Music Academy of the West, Emanuel Bay. At the age of 13 he was awarded an indefinitely renewable scholarship for the study of music composition by the Epstein Foundation of Chicago, and as a teenager he won prizes for his works including a competition sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters.  At age fifteen, he won the Santa Barbara Symphony Young Artists Competition.  He is also editor of the volume Bartók Studies (Detroit, 1976).  In 1986 he received the University of California’s Distinguished Alumni Award. www.toddcrowpiano.com

May
27
Mon
2019
Annual Free Memorial Day at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
May 27 all-day
Annual Free Memorial Day at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine @ New York | New York | United States

Annual Free Memorial Day at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Monday, May 27, 2019
7:00 pm

Learn more at the official page here…

The free Memorial Day Concert at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine features Bruckner’s Eighth. “Beauty is what Bruckner is talking about,” says Jaap van Zweden. In this symphony beauty takes many forms: its gradual unfolding, burnished brass sonorities, soaring lyricism, and a triumphant ending. An inspiring, spiritual way to remember those who died while serving in America’s armed forces.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the performance; ticket distribution will begin at 5:00 PM. The audio of the performance will be broadcast onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting.

Jun
22
Sat
2019
The Fifth Annual Hudson River Park Games
Jun 22 all-day

The Fifth Annual Hudson River Park Games

Saturday, June 22, 2019

HRPK’s Pier 40 at W Houston St.
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

After-Party to follow

Take part in the HRPK Games Team Pentathlon! You’ll join sports-loving neighbors, groups from the community and corporate teams as you compete in heats of dodgeball, volleyball, steal the bacon, flag football, basketball and an obstacle course championship.

Sign up as an individual or with friends, and get in The Games!

Learn more about this event and how to get tickets.