Pianists & Artistic Directors Blair McMillen and Pam Goldberg are thrilled to present the busiest season yet of the Rite of Summer Music Festival, taking place Summer 2014 at Colonels' Row on Governors Island, New York City. In a locale The New York Times has called a "Playground for the Arts," the aim of the Festival is simple: to present the highest quality live performances, and to bring free contemporary classical music to as many people as possible in a relaxed, fun, outdoor setting.

Coming up next for round three tonight, August 9th, one of Rite of Summer's very own, pianist and ROS co-director Pam Goldberg, will collaborate with violinist Esther Noh, cellist Caitlin Sullivan and soprano Allison Charney in a fabulous program titled: American and Argentine Sounds from Bernstein to Piazzolla.

Bringing the season to an ecstatic conclusion on Saturday, September 6th, the NYC-based piano "supergroup" Grand Band will present A Bigger Picture with six-piano music by Steve Reich, Kate Moore, Philip Glass, and two New York premieres by Michael Gordon and Paul Kerekes.

August and September Rite of Summer shows will be presented twice the same day, at 1pm and 3pm, for each respective date. Audiences should feel free to walk by, stop and listen, lay down a picnic blanket and relax, eat lunch, intermingle, and take in these engaging live performances.

Governors Island is a short ferry ride from South Ferry, in lower Manhattan and from Brooklyn Bridge Park. For a full ferry schedule, please visit www.govisland.com. For more information, visit www.riteofsummer.com.

*Rain date: Aug. 10

The Program includes:

Bolcom - Graceful Ghost Rag (solo piano)
Corigliano - Forever Young (piano, soprano)
Bernstein - Dream with Me (piano, soprano)
Kevin Puts - Arches (solo violin)
David Lang - Wed (piano trio)
Piazzolla - Four Seasons (piano trio) - Spring & Autumn

Pam Goldberg, Pianist & Rite of Summer Co-Director

Acknowledged by many to have created the blueprint for places like Le Poisson Rouge and SubCulture, Pam Goldberg is a unique combination of professional pianist and entrepreneur. Having concertized in New York in varied venues both as soloist & chamber musician Pam decided to create a different environment for both performer and audience - distinctly different from the concert halls. The first was Classical Cafe, under the auspices of the 92nd Street Y where the highest level musicians played in a subterranean cafe to young audiences, who were able to enjoy classical music in a relaxed and informal setting.

The results were so satisfying that Pam decided to expand to an even larger audience and Governors Island became the perfect venue. Again, top flight musicians but this time not playing to an intimate audience but to hundreds in an outdoor setting at historic Colonels' Row on the Island. Rite of Summer Music Festival is the first concert series of its kind on Governors Island and is now in its fourth season.

In addition to her entrepreneurial skills and her playing, Pam also enjoys teaching. She served on the piano faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music for 10 years, and she still teaches privately. In 1999, she released a solo album featuring Schumann's Kreisleriana and Mozart's Sonata in Bb Major, K.570, and she has since recorded a CD of Mozart's sonatas for piano & violin with violinist, Christine Sohn.

Allison Charney, Soprano