5BMF's A SUITE RIDE THROUGH NYC Set for 6/13 as Part of 2014 Early Music Festival: NYC
As part of the inaugural Early Music Festival: NYC, Five Boroughs Music Festival will present a special all-day series of mini-concerts on Friday, June 13th, in which cellist Paul Dwyer will perform all six of Bach's Suites for Unaccompanied Cello over the course of a five-borough tour of New York City. Each of the five events will be free and open to the public, and presented in partnership with the following venues.
9:00 AM - Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Suite No. 6 in D Major
58 7th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn
How to get there: Q/B to 7th Ave/Flatbush; 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza.
11:00 AM - Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge
Suite No. 2 in D Minor
St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island
How to get there: Free Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall Terminal in lower Manhattan.
1:00 PM - Sweetleaf Espresso Bar (Center Blvd)
Suite No. 5 in C Minor
4615 Center Blvd, Long Island City, Queens
How to get there: 7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave; G to 21 St; E/M to Court Sq.
5:00 PM - Saint Peter's Church
Suite No. 1 in G Major
Suite No. 3 in C Major
619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St., Manhattan
How to get there: 6 to 51st St; E/M to Lexington Ave/53rd St
The first four concerts will last approximately 30 minutes, and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. The 5:00 program will last approximately one hour.
This marks the first time that 5BMF will present concerts in every borough in one day. Audiences from all over the city and beyond are invited to follow Paul's journey both in person at any or all of the concerts, or virtually, via the following media:
A Suite Ride Through NYC on the Web: http://5bmf.org/2014/06/emf-2014-suite-ride-nyc/
5BMF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/5BMF
5BMF on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/5iveBMF
ABOUT PAUL DWYER - Cellist Paul Dwyer brings to life everything from early music on baroque cello to brand new works by young composers. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art and has performed chamber music with Jordi Savall, Menahem Pressler, and artist-faculty of the Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival. A prizewinner of numerous competitions, Paul is also the recipient of the Javits Fellowship, Presser Award and a Fulbright Fellowship for studies with Anner Bylsma and Frances-Marie Uitti in Amsterdam. Paul holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Michigan, where he was teaching assistant to Richard Aaron. He recently completed additional graduate studies in historical performance at The Juilliard School. www.pauldwyer.net
ABOUT EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL: NYC - The summer of 2014 will see a whirlwind of activity in New York City with the first Early Music Festival: NYC. This unprecedented festival will take place from June 13 to June 19, 2014 and promises to offer a remarkable intersection of sights and sounds for the senses. The inaugural year is packed with a variety of offerings for the public including concerts celebrating Jean-Philippe Rameau and C.P.E. Bach in honor of both their anniversary years, intimate chamber music events, recitals, two performances by the acclaimed Green Mountain Project, choral master pieces, and so much more. www.emfnyc.org
FIVE BOROUGHS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to presenting traditional and contemporary chamber music in all five boroughs of New York City. With the dual aims of bringing affordable, high-caliber chamber music concerts to all parts of NYC and of cultivating new audiences for the genre, 5BMF engages top composers and performers from the New York City region and beyond and partners with many local cultural institutions. 5BMF's programming is rooted in familiar classical music traditions, but is inclusive of a broad range of styles; art song recitals, early music, jazz, new music and other non-classical forms are all represented.
Founded and led since 2007 by Artistic Director Jesse Blumberg, 5BMF has presented over 35 traditional and contemporary chamber music programs in seven complete cycles around NYC. Described as "imaginative" by the New York Times and "vital" by WQXR's Operavore blog, 5BMF's commitment to musical outreach and diverse programming has attracted positive attention from the NYC arts community from its earliest days; highlights include a performance for over 1,500 music lovers at the Third Annual Bryant Park Fall Festival in 2010, and the annual presentation of free outdoor concerts for Make Music New York.
5BMF's artist roster is comprised of diverse, talented emerging artists and distinguished musicians alike. 5BMF's venues are just as eclectic, and have included historic NYC landmarks such as Steinway Hall, the University Church at Fordham University, Flushing Town Hall, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, to name merely a few. Outreach initiatives include public masterclasses; artist talk-backs; and the donation of programming to charitable causes. In 2011, 5BMF presented the World Premiere of its ambitious Five Borough Songbook, a collection of 20 newly commissioned vocal chamber works from 20 composers. Over the course of the 2011-2012 season, 5BMF premiered the Songbook in each of NYC's five boroughs, and released a 2-CD album of the collection with GPR Records.
Further information can be found at www.5BMF.org or via email: info@5BMF.org.