Musically as important as Beethoven,
Yet not regarded as such at all
So wrote Jack Kerouac in the 240th chorus of Mexico City Blues, speaking of Charlie “Bird” Parker, whom he regarded as the perfect musician. But Jack’s love of jazz did not diminish his great love for classical music and his knowledge of it. His innate musicianship, of course explains the music of his prose, and his ability to improvise words to music, as he did with his old friend David Amram. The program will include works by J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, and Amram performed by a group of distinguished musicians: pianist Yoshiko Kline, saxophonist Ken Radnofsky, and violist Consuelo Sherba.
Join a unique walking tour with Maestro Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie and explore the crooked streets of Greenwich Village which inspired the great 20th-century musical 'Wonderful Town'. It begins – as the musical does – at Washington Square and Waverly Place! New starting point: Meet at Northwest corner of 14th St and 7th Ave. Please assemble at 3:45pm
A unique and intimate cabaret – featuring the Grammy-garlanded Janis Siegel with baritone Michael Kelly, Jamie Bernstein and The Manhattan Transfer's long-time musical director Yaron Gershovsky on keyboards – is a glorious celebration of songs such as “Ohio,” “Pass the Football,” and “One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man,” plus more.
The heart and soul of Greenwich Village is Washington Square Park. To truly know the Village, you must first get to know the Park. This walking tour is a kind of “Washington Square 101” introducing participants to some of the historical and cultural highlights of the near neighborhood. It explores the rich and powerful history of the Square – from the days of the Lenape Native Americans through to the more recent times of great modern Village artists such as writer Willa Cather, painter Edward Hopper and photographer Diane Arbus.
Apologies, but we have had to postpone this event due to Covid.
In the New York Times, Paul Griffiths described Cygnus as an "enterprising and supple group featuring guitars, strings and woodwinds in pairs….” Composer Allison Loggins-Hull’s latest work, 7th Ave. S. calls for an electric guitar, bridging into the psychedelic sound-world of Greenwich Village, and telling her Village Stories in three movements.
Renowned soprano Leah Brzyski will join Cygnus for the premiere of Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon’s Gypsum, setting of poems by Diedre Huckaby.
Carman Moore riffs on “Cygnus” in Swans Across the Milky Way.
Greenwich Village has long been a place where people make plans to turn the world upside down. Since the late nineteenth century, the neighborhood has absorbed new people and new ideas in the arts, culture, and politics; marinated them in hope, humor and contentiousness; and then shared them with New York City, the USA, and the world.
Jack Kerouac's legendary status as the leading voice of the Beat writers was cemented with his seminal work, On the Road. Published in 1957, the same year West Side Story debuted on Broadway and Sputnik launched into space. David Amram and Bobby Sanabria will perform jazz and Latin classics of the 1950s that influenced Kerouac and an entire generation. The show will also include brief readings from On the Road with music, just as Kerouac and Amram pioneered jazz-poetry in New York in 1957.
Pianist Marc Peloquin performs music of the great American composer and long-time resident of the West Village, David Del Tredici, as part of his 85th birthday celebration. Also included on the program will be works by composers affiliated with Del Tredici, including Robert Helps and Dennis Tobenski.