Rite of Summer Music Festival
We look forward to celebrating our 11th Season of free concerts with you this summer!
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Ticket reservations are recommended for the Governors Island ferry. Please note that masks continue to be required while boarding, riding, and disembarking. View the schedule, get more information, and reserve your tickets at govisland.com.
Governors Island gets experimental as hell once a month this summer, bringing fringes of the contemporary classical avant-garde together for three highly anticipated open-air engagements: the ambitious multimedia artist Pamela Z, neoprog band Contemporaneous and a performance of John Cage’s “Sonatas & Interludes.”- Time Out New York
Governors Island, a short ferry ride away from Manhattan, has been home to this rambunctious festival, which presents free afternoon concerts of top-tier musical performers.- New Yorker
The shaded grassy area at Colonels’ Row is an ideal setting for an outdoor classical concert, without the distracting traffic noises that inevitably interrupt many summer events.- NY Times
A summer ferry ride to Governors Island is a great way to get out of town without actually leaving Gotham. This series has found a comfortable niche, with a varied schedule of concerts for both connoisseurs and families.- New Yorker