Friday, March 22, 2019

Enjoy An All Mozart Evening Concert Saturday March 23 Presented By Roosevelt Island Concerts At Good Shepherd Community Center - One Overture, Two Concertos, $20 Suggested Donation, $10 Students & Seniors

Reported earlier this month that the Roosevelt Island classical concert series organizers, R&R Concerts have a new name, Roosevelt Island Concerts,

as they begin their 12th season this Saturday March 23 with an All Mozart Evening concert:

One Overture, Two Piano Concertos

Benjamin Hochman conducts the Roosevelt Island Orchestra and solos in two Mozart piano concertos

​Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453

Piano Concerto No. 24, K. 491

Good Shepherd Church

543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

Your generous contribution keeps the series affordable
Suggested donation: $20
Students & seniors: $10
Piano provided by Steinway & Sons

According to Roosevelt Island Concerts
We've changed our name!

The change reflects the series' rising status as one of NYC's leading concert series, now in our 12th season — and driven by your enthusiasm and support.

The concert series that has been presenting extraordinary performances of classical music on Roosevelt Island for more than a decade will now be known as Roosevelt Island Concerts. As one of the few New York series presenting both chamber music and orchestral concerts, its rich repertoire draws audiences from Roosevelt Island and throughout New York City. 

March 23 concert
The first event presented as Roosevelt Island Concerts — on March 23 — will feature an all-Mozart program, with Benjamin Hochman conducting the Roosevelt Island Orchestra and soloing in two piano concertos. First up on the program is the Overture to the Marriage of Figaro. All events in the series take place at Good Shepherd Church, the 1888 acoustically wonderful NYC landmark at the heart of Roosevelt Island.

Check the website for more information about the March 23 concert
Season XII will continue with the Summer Series, organized by Israel Philharmonic Orchestra cellist Iris Jortner and Israeli Opera violinist and violist Ralph Allen. Guest performers will be announced in the late spring. 

Accessible to all New Yorkers
The series has maintained a goal of providing world-class music to all New Yorkers and to everyone in its home community of Roosevelt Island, whose diverse population includes residents of subsidized housing as well as of million-dollar condominiums. Beginning in March, concertgoers will be asked for a donation of a suggested amount, which will help keep the series affordable to all. Complementing the concerts, outreach events at area healthcare and senior facilities bring the joy of beautiful music to those who might not otherwise be able to experience it. 

The series is now in the midst of a major fundraising campaign with the aim of compensating performers at appropriate and competitive levels, expanding the number of creative and tireless individuals who help produce our events, and providing pianists with an instrument of high quality on which to perform. 

Founded as R&R Concerts, the series continues to honor the memory of its namesake Robin & Rosemary Russell, who brought to Roosevelt Island a highly regarded series of concerts and a music school. Building on their spirit, and with the deep support of the community as a vital part of its cultural life, Roosevelt Island Concerts will continue to bring extraordinary classical performances to Roosevelt Island as it expands its geographic and artistic reach. 

The newly redesigned website is at
Check out future Roosevelt Island Concert events, learn about the Orchestra and help support the concert series.