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18 free concerts take place New York City right now! In addition, Club Free Time members get free tickets to the concerts which are not free for general public, but are free for our members: when a producer wants that special buzz of the 'full house' at a concert - Club Free Time members are welcomed for their enthusiasm and sophistication! All they have to do is to login to www.clubfreetime.com and make a reservation.

As for the plethora of free concerts which take place in NYC year round, on weekdays and weekends, during lunch time, late afternoons and various evening hours: many people think that free concerts take place in NYC only during Summer, but nothing can be further from the truth.

Here are the numbers so you could see for yourself: about 1000 free concerts take place in NYC from mid-September to the end of May; and about 600 free concerts take place during the three Summer months (that 600 number excludes June's Make Music New York as on that single day more than 400 free concerts take place in NYC to celebrate Solstice).

As the number of free concerts per a summer month almost doubles the number of free concerts per month during other three seasons, you sure hear more about Summer free concerts.

In addition, Summer free concerts get more publicity, as such major popular concert series as New York Philharmoinic in the Parks, Metropolitan Opera Recital Series, Summer Stage and Celebrate Brooklyn all take place during summer months.

In addition, it's of course lots of fun to spend your lunch or your evening listening to the music you love and to picnic along, but your soul needs those nourishing sounds during other seasons as well.  So keep in mind that in New York City you can attend a free concert practically any day of the year, except maybe such major Hollidays as July 4th, Thanksgiving and the Christmas Day.

So please keep in mind that whether it's a weekday or a weekend, a holiday or just a regular day or a weekday night, you can alwasy count on Club Free Time when you want to listen to your favorite music, free of carge.
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18 Free Concerts (classical, opera, jazz, pop, rock, soul) in New York City, NYC Sat, 01/23/2021 - and on...

In New York City (NYC) you don't have to spend a dime to listen to good music, as free concerts abound in New York whether it is Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! The variety is really astonishing: classical, jazz, pop, rock, opera, soul, etc. Just take a look at the free concert schedule below.

Concert | Saturday Live Music (in-person)


Take a dash of Herb Albert, a pinch of David Bowie, add a handful of Andy Kaufman, and you have Robert Whaley and his band. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 23
6:00 pm

Free
Concerts, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Saturday Live Music (in-person)

Opera | Met Opera: Massenet’s Manon (virtual, streaming 23 hours)


Ever since graduating from the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Lisette Oropesa has had a meteoric career around the world, excelling in some of the pinnacles of the soprano repertoire. During the 2019–20 season, she returned to the Met stage to star in her largest role with the company to date, the irresistible heroine of Massenet’s Manon. As the young ingénue, Oropesa delivers a stunning performance, marked by brilliant coloratura, melting lyricism, and enchanting stage presence. Recorded as part of the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions, this performance also features tenor Michael Fabiano as the impetuous Chevalier des Grieux and baritone Artur Ruciński as Lescaut. Maurizio Benini is on the podium to lead one of the most passionate scores in the French operatic repertoire.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 23
7:30 pm

Free
Concerts, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Met Opera: Massenet&rsquo;s Manon (virtual, streaming 23 hours)

Concert | Fusion of Indie, Funk, Jazz and Electronica (virtual)


800 lb. Gorilla blends indie songcraft with funk, jazz and electronica influences to create a driving, danceable sound. The band: Mark Humphrey (guitar, lead vocals), Kwame Newton (keyboards, saxophone, vocals), Andy Greenwell (keyboards, lead vocals).
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Jan 23
8:00 pm

Free
Concerts, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Fusion of Indie, Funk, Jazz and Electronica (virtual)

Opera | Royal Swedish Opera: Prima Donna (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Maria Callas-inspired, Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna is performed by the Royal Swedish Opera. After interrupting her career following a traumatic performance of an opera written especially for her, an aging singer is now preparing for her return. Will this woman torn between a dream of the stage and a dream of love be able to achieve her goal?
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Jan 24
12:00 am

Free
Concerts, January 24, 2021, 01/24/2021, Royal Swedish Opera: Prima Donna (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Jazz | Live Jazz (in-person, outdoors)


Enjoy an afternoon of live jazz! Drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jan 24
1:00 pm

Free
Concerts, January 24, 2021, 01/24/2021, Live Jazz (in-person, outdoors)

Jazz | Jazz Ensemble: Saxophones, Guitar, Bass, Drums (virtual)


The Lioness Ensemble performs original compositions, along with an online Q&A with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian, guitarist Amanda Monaco, and tenor saxophonist Jenny Hill. The band: Alexa Tarantino - alto saxophone Jenny Hill - tenor saxophone Lauren Sevian - baritone saxophone Amanda Monaco - guitar Endea Owens - bass Colleen Clark - drums
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Jan 24
2:30 pm

Free
Concerts, January 24, 2021, 01/24/2021, Jazz Ensemble: Saxophones, Guitar, Bass, Drums (virtual)

Classical Music | Piano Works by J.S. Bach, Schumann, and More (virtual)


A "jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show...with effortless finesse" (Washington Post) Amy Yang performs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Jan 24
3:00 pm

Free
Concerts, January 24, 2021, 01/24/2021, Piano Works by J.S. Bach, Schumann, and More (virtual)

Classical Music | Chamber Music: "Wonderful music, warm performances, full of humanity and empathy, confident and transparent." - NY Classical Review (virtual)


Lauded as "an acknowledged chamber music master" by The New Yorker, composer Pierre Jalbert has enjoyed a productive 20-year association with the Music from Copland House ensemble, which commissioned, premiered, and recorded Crossings, the featured work on this program. Inspired by the migration of people voyaging into new and unfamiliar places, this dynamic work traces Jalbert's own French-Canadian-American ancestry. Crossings, from 2011, is built around a folk song from Quebec, Quand j'ai parti du Canada ("When I Left Canada"), which is heard in full and in its pure form only in the serene middle section of the work; both before and after that, the striking, somewhat mournful tune is deconstructed, reinterpreted, reassembled, and reordered in all kinds of inventive and unexpected ways. Performers Linda Chesis, flute; Derek Bermel, clarinet; Harumi Rhodes, violinist; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cellist; Michael Boriskin, pianist. Followed by a live Q&A with viewers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 25
1:00 pm

Free
Concerts, January 25, 2021, 01/25/2021, Chamber Music: "Wonderful music, warm performances, full of humanity and empathy, confident and transparent." - NY Classical Review (virtual)

Classical Music | J.S. Bach, Albeniz and More: Harp and Guitar (virtual)


Bridget Kibbey, a harpist of "blazing power and finesse" (New York Times) joins Joao Luiz, a leading guitarist of his generation and member of the acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo, for an exploration of pathways in Latin American, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Brazilian music. Program J.S. Bach Allemande, BWV 996 J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 Isaac Albeniz Granada Joaquin Rodrigo Fandango Jacob do Bandolim Doce de Coco for harp and guitar Leo Brouwer Los Guardianes de la Magia Sergio Assad Gnattaliana Samuel Torres Taken Joao Luiz Seven Meetings for Harp and Guitar
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Jan 25
7:30 pm

Free
Concerts, January 25, 2021, 01/25/2021, J.S. Bach, Albeniz and More: Harp and Guitar (virtual)

Opera | LA Opera: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Prism (virtual)


"Stunning... with Ellen Reid's incandescent 'prism,' an opera composer is born." - Los Angeles Times A mother and daughter lock themselves away from the world to protect themselves from the dangers lurking outside. But when the girl's memories contradict her mother's stories of the past, she must choose between discovering the truth or holding on to the comforts of the only life she's ever truly known. Composed by Ellen Reid, with libretto by Roxie Perkins. This performance contains scenes that depict partial nudity and sexual violence. Parental discretion is advised. The event will be streaming until Feb 8th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Jan 26
7:00 pm

Free
Concerts, January 26, 2021, 01/26/2021, LA Opera: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Prism (virtual)

Classical Music | Recorder, Mandolin, Lute: Worm Tunes and Dances (virtual)


Tabea Debus, recorder, and Alon Sariel, mandolin and lute, present Ohrwurm, a program that explores how tunes and dances wormed their way into many aspects of music-making in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe, and, in traversing the centuries, contemporary compositions testify to the earworm’s secured place in modern life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 28
5:00 pm

Pay-what-you-can, RSVP required
Concerts, January 28, 2021, 01/28/2021, Recorder, Mandolin, Lute: Worm Tunes and Dances (virtual)

Concert | J.S. Bach, Shostakovich, R. Strauss, and More: Soprano, Cello and Piano (virtual)


Soprano Allison Charney is joined by cellist Peter Seidenberg to discuss and perform works with pianist Craig Ketter by Bach, Verdi, Bloch, Rosettt, Willson and Strauss.  Program Sonata in C Major/3rd Movement – J.S. Bach Morrò ma prima in grazia – Verdi Prayer – Ernst Bloch Kaddish – Marianna Rosett Til There Was You – Meredith Wilson Zueignung – R. Strauss About the Presentation Allison Charney hosts her innovative classical concert and conversation series PREformances(TM). This seven-episode series provides an intimate and personal glimpse into top-level artists' practices along with her signature "un-Google-able" insights - all with a focus on the series' theme of hope. New episode airs each Thursday at 7 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 28
7:00 pm

Free
Concerts, January 28, 2021, 01/28/2021, J.S. Bach, Shostakovich, R. Strauss, and More: Soprano, Cello and Piano (virtual)

Concert | String Quartet and Guests: Cutting-Edge Repertoire (virtual)


Ethel is one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field with an eye on tradition and an ear to the future. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group's signature cutting-edge repertoire. Guest artists and collaborators also make periodic appearances. Ethel is Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Corin Lee (violin). The concert takes place every Friday at 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 29
5:00 pm

Free
Concerts, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, String Quartet and Guests: Cutting-Edge Repertoire (virtual)

Concert | Six-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald: Songs and Conversation (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


From her stage and concert performances to her television and film roles, Audra McDonald is recognized for both her artistry and her activism, lending her voice to champion a variety of causes and organizations. Since her Carnegie Hall debut in 1998, she has been an audience favorite, returning for many of the Hall's most celebrated events. In this program, she is joined by music director Andy Einhorn for a varied selection of songs, as well as a conversation with Mo Rocca about the role of artistic expression in times of social change. This is a recording from July, 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Jan 30
12:00 am

Free
Concerts, January 30, 2021, 01/30/2021, Six-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald: Songs and Conversation (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Concert | Grand Band: Six-Piano Ensemble (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Grand Band is a six-piano musical ensemble composed of the finest contemporary-classical pianists. Works by Kate Moore, Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, and Julius Eastman are performed from the stage of the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University in a tour de force combination of sight and sound. Mazzoli's work is complemented by the debut of an animated film by Joshua Frankel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jan 31
12:00 am

Free
Concerts, January 31, 2021, 01/31/2021, Grand Band: Six-Piano Ensemble (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Concert | Irving Berlin Tribute: Songs, History, Archival Clips (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Jerome Kern famously said, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music--he is American music." With a catalog of more than 1,000 songs--including such classics as "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band"--Berlin is one of the most prolific contributors to the Great American Songbook. Michael Feinstein leads this lively episode of music and conversation about "America's Schubert." In addition to archival clips from past performances--including a duet by Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana--Feinstein is joined by Cheyenne Jackson, Kelli O'Hara, and Tony Yazbeck for "Always," "What'll I Do," and "Cheek to Cheek." This is a recording from June, 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Feb 5
12:00 am

Free
Concerts, February 05, 2021, 02/05/2021, Irving Berlin Tribute: Songs, History, Archival Clips (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Concert | Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music (virtual)


Old-time sailors on long voyages spent months living together in close quarters with no outside entertainment, no new people to interact with, a monotonous diet, and each day pretty much just like the day before. Sound familiar? How did they keep their spirits up? Singing together! Work songs and fun songs, story songs and nonsense songs, songs of nostalgia and songs of up-to-the-moment news - all were part of the repertoire onboard. Performed by the members of the New York Packet and friends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Feb 7
2:00 pm

Free
Concerts, February 07, 2021, 02/07/2021, Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music (virtual)

Classical Music | JACK Quartet: Nontraditional Techniques and Sounds (virtual)


The very first public performance by the acclaimed JACK Quartet featured Helmut Lachenmann's string quartet Grido, and it's been a constant for them ever since. The mastering of this technically demanding piece shows their incredible talent, but their expressive interpretation reveals their brilliance as an ensemble. Hear them perform this work, alongside two other solo pieces by Lachenmann which explore nontraditional techniques and sounds.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 16
7:00 pm

Free
Concerts, February 16, 2021, 02/16/2021, JACK Quartet: Nontraditional Techniques and Sounds (virtual)
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