MoMA Announces Summergarden and MoMA Nights 2014
The Museum of Modern Art announces its lineups of free live music events in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden for summer 2014. The annual Summergarden: New Music for New York free concert series returns for four Sunday evenings beginning July 6, 2014. Summergarden, a tradition since 1971, is part of MoMA's long history of presenting contemporary classical music and jazz. MoMA once again welcomes the collaboration of its programming partners, The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Members of the New Juilliard Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Joel Sachs, perform on July 6 and 20, offering two distinctive programs of contemporary compositions, all of which are receiving their New York premieres. Jazz at Lincoln Center has selected two jazz groups whose concerts on July 13 (Jonathan Ragonese Ensemble) and July 27 (Helen Sung Quintet) emphasize original works, each with one New York premiere.
On Thursday evenings in July and August, the Museum presents MoMA Nights, a series of musical performances organized in collaboration with PopRally, MoMA's cross-departmental committee that programs events at MoMA and MoMA PS1. Beginning July 3, the Museum will remain open until 8:00 p.m. and present concerts in the Sculpture Garden, free with Museum admission. Musical acts for the 2014 MoMA Nights series feature an array of vibrant, creative women who are making their mark on today's music scene. Veterans and up-and-coming artists perform in a range of musical styles, including dream and synth pop, alt-folk, surf rock, neo-soul, and pop punk. Acts include Au Revoir Simone, Thao (from The Get Down Stay Down), La Luz, and THEESatifcation.