A Different Kind of Water Music

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This week, host Bill McGlaughlin previews a concert taking place at Bargemusic, the floating concert hall beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Next, we head to Soho for a concert by a group of young singers, then uptown to Central Park for an outdoor concert by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Lastly, we make our way north to Norfolk, Conn., where some of the most talent students share the stage with world-class musicians in a 106-year-old shed.

Event details:

Manhattan Symphonie with pianist Steven Beck
Bargemusic, Brooklyn (June 15 and June 17)


Just below the Brooklyn Bridge sits ... well floats, a unique concert venue. Bargemusic is quite literally a barge refashioned into a floating, intimate concert hall that hosts more than 200 concerts a year. If you stop by the dock at 8 pm Friday or 2 pm Sunday, you’ll hear the Manhattan Symphonie perform music by Britten, Piazzolla, Mozart and Beethoven. Pianist Steven Beck joins the orchestra, under the direction of Gregory Singer, for the final piece on the program: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.


Brooklyn Youth Chorus
The Greene Space, Soho (June 18)


The Brooklyn Youth Chorus is marking its 20th anniversary season with several events, including a concert in our own Greene Space. The evening of performance and conversation features WQXR’s McGraw Hill Companies Young Artist Showcase host Bob Sherman and Brooklyn Youth Chorus conductor Dianne Berkun, along with the chorus, sharing some of their favorite musical moments from the past two decades. If you can't make it to Soho, tune into the live audio and video Webcast of the event on Q2 Music.


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. (June 19)


The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra gives a concert at the Naumburg Bandshell, opening the season of free concerts at the Central Park venue. On the program is a Rossini overture, the Grieg Holberg Suite, a Mozart Symphony and Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances.


Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Norfolk, Conn. (June 16-Aug. 18)


In the 1890s, Ellen Battell and her husband Carl Stoeckel started the Litchfield County Choral Union. The concerts given by the union, which the Stoeckels hosted at their estate, were the beginnings of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. It wasn’t long before the audience outgrew the couple's 35-room mansion. So they built the Music Shed. Since 1906, the Music Shed has been the concert stage for the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, which is now used by Yale University’s summer music school. The festival starts up this weekend with a concert that’s part of its Music Shed restoration campaign. With the exception of modest upkeep, the Music Shed has been untouched since it opened in 1906.


Music heard on this week's program:

Barge Music
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Steven Beck, piano

Greene Space
Zoltan Kodaly: Dancing-Song
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Dianne Berkum, conductor
Matthew Brady, piano

Naumburg Bandshell
Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon 415668

Norfolk Chamber Music
Antonin Dvorak: Serenade in D Minor for Wind Ensemble, Op. 44 (B77)
Faculty and Fellows from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival


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Photo credits: The Brooklyn Youth Chorus in rehearsal with composer Missy Mazzoli (Robert Maass); The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival grounds in Norfolk, Conn.