Thursday, February 25, 2010

It's A Friday Night Cello Extravaganza At Roosevelt Island's Good Shepherd Community Center Presented By Rosemarie & Robin Russell Concert Series

Image from R & R Concerts

The good folks over at the Rosemarie & Robin Russell Family (R & R) Concert Series are putting together another night of free classical music here on Roosevelt Island this Friday, 8 PM, at the Good Shepherd Center (543 Main Street). It's a Cello Extravaganza with music by Haydn, Bach, Marc Summers, Traditional Indian Ragga and more. Performers include:
  • Amy Sue Barston
  • Jane Cords O'Hara
  • Iris Jortner and
  • Kate Springarn
Previous Roosevelt Island classical music concerts presented by R&R have received fantastic reviews by those attending including:
  • "This event is comparable to a performance at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful concert with our community."
  • " I am a Computer Scientist and [I] like jazz music. I play piano and couldn't resist going to a free concert on my Island. I really enjoyed the Hungarian piece from Kodaly and the introduction of the movement was really appreciated. I remembered the imitation, the question-response and the improvisation techniques Iris mentioned. Wonderful piece of music and interpretation. I loved it, please continue."
  • "Wonderful music and musicians. It's rare to hear string trios; that was a real treat. I like the balance of Baroque, classical and contemporary pieces. Church acoustics were just right - not too echoey for the selection they played. And it was free! Great turn out; great flyers; great musicians! Thank you!!".
  • "The Chapel of the Good Shepherd is a better place to hear (rather 'experience') chamber music than Carnegie Hall. It is close to ideal. More chamber music, please.".
  • "Who would believe there was something to do on Roosevelt Island besides eating...and going to sleep?".
Don't let the snow keep you from attending.

You Tube Video of Yo Yo Ma Plays Prelude to Bach's Cello Suite #1

UPDATE 3:15 - Due to the weather the Cello Extravaganza Concert has been cancelled. From R&R Concerts:
Unfortunately tonight's Cello Extravaganza is postponed due to the weather. All the performers were not able to get to New York today.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
We are attempting to reschedule for the evening of Sunday, March 7. We'll e-mail you when a new date is confirmed. And you can also check our web site at

UPDATE 2/27 - From R&R Concerts, last night's:
concert is rescheduled for Sunday, March 7 at 8 PM.