Greenwich Village has been home to some of America’s greatest creative minds – poets, composers, innovators, iconoclasts, and free-thinkers. Sopranos Sharon Harms and Adriana Valdes join pianists Joan Forsyth, Cathy Kautsky, Gavin Cappon and the Village Guitar Orchestra to perform songs by Henry Cowell, John Cage, Edna St Vincent Millay, Djuna Barnes, Robert Frost, Margaret Bonds, James Baldwin, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Tania Leon and Willa Cather. Exciting new settings by composers William Anderson, Nehemiah Luckett, Jonathon Dawe, Kitty Brazelton and Gavin Cappon enliven the program.
Nine-time Grammy winner and founding member of The Manhattan Transfer, Janis Siegel, waxes rhapsodic about her beloved city in song and word. She will be assisted by two master musicians, John di Martino on piano and Boris Koslov on bass. The songs are diverse, romantic, bittersweet, vintage, modern, and full of heart and history, just like New York City itself.
Geographically and spiritually, Washington Square has always been the center of the Village. Bohemia’s beating heart. A place to gather, whether to protest or just hang out, often with a guitar. The now-traditional Village Trip concert in the Park, headlined this year by Grammy-winning local heroes The Klezmatics, celebrates Greenwich Village as “a state of mind with no boundaries.”