We will be going to see an excellent classical music concert in Central Park, at the Naumberg Bandshell. Also, before and during the concert, people can bring dinner and eat together. I hope to see you for the event!
I will bring some light snacks for all, but please bring dinner if you want substantive food. We are meeting at 7pm if you want to come early and relax and eat your own dinner, 7:30 for the concert itself. Please bring a sheet or chair to sit on!
INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM & THE CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMING GROUP
The Artists Playing
Pablo Ziegler, L. St. John, A. Roitstein, C. Ragazzi, & H. del Curto, Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Astor Piazzolla's 1987 Central Park Concert
Héctor del Curto, bandoneón, Claudio Ragazzi, guitar, Andrew Roitstein, acoustic bass, Lara St. John, violin and Pablo Ziegler, piano, Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Astor Piazzolla's 1987 Central Park Concert in the Naumburg Bandshell
"Mr. Ziegler's tango is even more nuevo-especially as played by his current quartet... At various points, the quartet's music is as baroque and driven by counterpoint as anything by Bach, and at the same time it also makes extensive use of jazz-style improvised solos." [Wall Street Journal]
St. John "is captivating in the seductive scenes of the Piazzolla as she is crisp, caressing and colorful in Vivaldi's atmospheric paeans to nature." [Audiophile Audition]
All works by Astor Piazzolla
Milonga Del Angel
Muerte Del Angel
The works may not appear in this exact order.
In 1954, Astor Piazzolla, like many brilliant young musicians of our century, had migrated to Paris to study with the world-famous Nadia Boulanger. His tangos having been rejected as “too radical” and “too serious” by Argentine colleagues, he was attempting to find another outlet for his creative energies in writing European-style art music – only to encounter more frustration. “’Throw it away. This is no good. I can’t find Piazzolla in this classical concert music.’ She wanted to know what I really did in life for a living. I was very much ashamed to tell her that I played tango and above all I wouldn’t dare say to Nadia, ‘I play the bandoneón’….[but] she wanted to know about my tangos, and she took my two hands together and she said, “This is Astor Piazzolla. Don’t ever leave it.” 1
Piazzolla took Boulanger’s wise counsel to heart, and ended up making musical history with his nuevo tango, an intriguing synthesis of the diverse musical styles he had grown up with. The records of traditional tango which his father had wept over. The Bach fugues and Gershwin tunes he had learned to play on his infernally difficult, accordion-like instrument, bought as a birthday present in a Brooklyn pawnshop. The Bartók and Stravinsky scores he had pored over in the bandrooms of Buenos Aires cabarets. All thoroughly assimilated, firing his imagination and giving him the determination to persist until his music had captured the hearts of music lovers of all kinds, in his native argentina and around the world.
Hope to see you at the event! See below for all of the specifics!
WEATHER AND RAIN
RAIN IN THE FORECAST WILL CANCEL THE EVENT. I will send a note out on Sunday to those coming with a weather update. The concert has no rain date, however, and is the last one of the season.
EVENT DATE: MONDAY, August 22
TIME: 7:00 PM for if you want to come and bring along your own dinner, 7:30 PM for the CONCERT. The concert should be over by 9/9:30 PM.
Naumberg Bandshell, on the Concert Ground in Central Park - mid park, enter at 72nd street on either side of the park - its right near the Central Park Summerstage
Arrive early, find a spot, bring a picnic! Bring your own blankets. They do have chairs, but they often get used up.
We will be in the grassy area on a small hill about 300 hundred feet BEHIND the area of the chairs, near a large statue about 100 ft away. It’s on a very small hill, behind a small railing/fence.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE EXTRAVAGANZA WEBSITE, THE LINK IS VIA
Here is a google map link to the location of the concert at the Bandshell.
COST: Free! I will also have some snacks on hand, but bring your own dinner!
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Dinner, a blanket or chair, drinks,
I will be supplying some snacks, but bring dinner if you want to have some 'real food'.
RSVP NO LATER THAN MONDAY, AUGUST 6, SO I HAVE A SENSE OF NUMBERS FOR SAVING SPOTS AND SNACKS! You can just show up, but please give me a sense of how many are coming and RSVP!