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40 free events take place on Friday, May 17 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out May 17 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of May . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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Workshop | Tai Chi Outdoors


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures. Tai Chi results in strength and focus of body and mind. An ideal choice for participants of all ages. Instructor: Alex Hing Fridays, May 3-July 7, 2019
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Workshops, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Tai Chi Outdoors

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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Tours, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Fair | Performing Artists Resource Fair


Learn about the latest programs and free services from NY metro area organizations to help you start a business, get funding, legal advice or discover opportunities to showcase your performing arts skills. Consult a career coach about resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, transferable skills etc. during a Q&A at a "coaching cafe". The Program: 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Keynote Presentation— Rochelle Rice: From Jazz to Biz: Creating a Lucrative Business with Your Artistic Talents 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM Visiting Exhibitors’ Tables & Networking 1:00 PM– 2:30 PM Seminar— Marc W. Halpert: LinkedIn for Performing Artists 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Career Coaching Café; “speed dating a coach” to ask about resumes, networking, interviews, etc.
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Tour | Governors Island Official Walking Tour


Look into the past of Governors Island and talk about its exciting transformation and future! In these one-hour walking tours, examine how historic preservation, innovative design and environmental stewardship make the Island what it is today - one of the most unique public spaces in New York City.
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Tour | Southern Park Welcome Tour


An introduction to some of the southern Park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess and Checkers House, and the Dairy.
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term ‘baroque’ has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was ‘maestro di capella’ at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today’s music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi’s advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
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Concerts, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Bach at Noon

Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour


Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk | Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art: Exhibition Tour


Folk art has flourished in the heart of New York City since the eighteenth century, contrary to popular belief that it was a rural genre that reflected local tastes, traditions, and needs. Around 100 works of art by self-taught artists tell the story about New York City as the center of America’s financial and commercial world from two perspectives simultaneously: “The Art of Business” portrays the people and places that were part of the city’s thrumming commercial life, and “The Business of Art” highlights the diverse mediums and formats used by the artists, artisans, and manufacturers. This tour of the exhibition is conducted by museum gallery guides.
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Gallery Talks, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art: Exhibition Tour

Film | Up in the Air With George Clooney (2009): Six Time Oscar Nominated Comedy Drama


Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire. Director: Jason Reitman. Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick.  Up In The Air got six Academy Award nominations for; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay,  Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress (both Farmiga and Kendrick). 
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Films, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Up in the Air With George Clooney (2009): Six Time Oscar Nominated Comedy Drama

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
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Workshop | Fencing Workshop


Learn the basics with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. Must be 16 or older to participate. Every Friday.
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Film | Dreamgirls (2006): Two Time Oscar Winning Musical With Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx And Beyoncé


A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way. Director: Bill Condon. Starring Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy.  Dreamgirls received eight 2007 Academy Award nominations covering six categories including Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson), Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, and three nominations for Best Song. It won the Best Supporting Actress and  Best Sound Mixing. Dreamgirls is the first live-action film to receive three nominations for Best Song. 
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Films, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Dreamgirls (2006): Two Time Oscar Winning Musical With Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx And Beyonc&eacute;

Film | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002): Second Of The Series


An ancient prophecy seems to be coming true when a mysterious presence begins stalking the corridors of a school of magic and leaving its victims paralyzed. 161 min. Director: Chris Columbus. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is based on J. K. Rowling's 1998 novel of the same name and the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series.
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Films, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002): Second Of The Series

Film | Skyscraper (2018): An Action Thriller With Dwayne Johnson


A security expert must infiltrate a burning skyscraper, 225 stories above ground, when his family are trapped inside by criminals. 102 min. Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han. Skyscraper has grossed over $304 million worldwide against its production budget of $125 million. Filming began in September 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Film | The Big Lebowski (1998): The Cult


"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. 117 min. Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
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Tour | Heart of the Park Tour


Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
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Workshop | Watercolor Painting: Fun Techniques


Learn how to use various materials to create fun and unique textures with watercolor paint. This is a free art program that offers a fun and collaborative environment for creative expression. You can learn a variety of art making techniques and actualize your ideas and inspirations into one-of-a-kind art pieces.
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Play | Big St. Germain: The Fate of a Family


When young father Marshall's sister Kasey drops back into his life after years away, he warily agrees to meet her at the rental property in Wisconsin once owned by their late grandfather. And over a weekend of drinking, dancing, nostalgia, and singing novelty fish, it seems this may just be a legitimate attempt at reunion- and there could be hope they can finally get back to what they had. But Kasey will always ask too much of Marshall, and as the ground beneath their reunion begins to crumble, the fate of their family hangs in the balance.   Written by Jack T. Calk. Directed by Lillian Meredith.
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Workshop | Career Coaching For Performing Arts And Entertainment Fields


Anyone in the performing arts and entertainment field who plans to start a new business, currently owns one, or seeks career coaching or career transition advice, this is for you. Speed date with a career coach for advice and ask about resumes, networking, interviews and other important job hiring practices.
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Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Come in, relax, color and meditate! All materials are provided.
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Festival | Manhattan Concours: 25 Collector Cars


For the first time ever in Manhattan, up to twenty-five collector cars will be showcased along a picturesque waterfront plaza. A display of culture, travel, and sport, these cars embody the essence of the venue. Combining both the best vehicles of today with the best in class from generations past, they are proud to bring a weekend celebration of this luxury to Manhattan.   
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Festivals, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Manhattan Concours: 25 Collector Cars

Workshop | Game Nights in the Park


Weekly Game Nights are the perfect place to learn a new game, challenge yourself with new opponents, swap strategies, and meet like-minded people. Mondays through Fridays, May 1-August 31, 2019 Mondays: Mah Jongg (starts May 20) Tuesdays: Word Game Night Wednesdays: Catan Game Night Thursdays: Mah Jongg (3pm-5pm, starts May 23); Beginner Chess Fridays: Learn a New Game Night
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Concert | 3 Folk Music Acts


5:30 pm WombMann - Pop/rock/alt/soul 6:05 pm Keren Abreu - Pop/R&B/soul 6:40 pm Yurby - Alternative folk rock/R&B
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Author Reading | Dragon Child: Fantasy Fiction


For the first time ever, Keriya Soulstar is truly happy. She’s a hero among the Galantrians, having returned triumphant from her battle with Necrovar; she’s been reunited with her dragon, Thorion; she’s even daring to think she’s found a place she can call home. Things are good. Unfortunately, things beyond the towering walls of Irongarde are most definitely not good. The Allentrian states are gearing up for war, and when a surprise attack reveals that Thorion is sick, Keriya’s happy life crumbles apart. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Opening Reception | Kiln It: Transformation Through Ceramics


The four artists in Kiln It employ a primordial material that is attached to the origin of human creativity: clay, and its transformation through fire, ceramics. Rachel Frank’s rhyton vessels are sculptures based on ancient Eurasian offering vessels. These ceramic sculptures imagine how ancient ritual forms may play roles in new ceremonies relating to climate change and environmental issues. In Kate Bancroft’s vessels, self-portrait and narrative, in the tradition of ancient Greek amphoras are used to lay splay an internal pink void; a yawning chasm of thirsty surrealism. Amanda Nedham deploys clay to exploit the democratic materials of cigarettes and soap. This metaphor of stasis is playfully held together in a peacekeeper’s depiction of wildlife: Nubian giraffe, Savanna hare, Asiatic black bear, etc., to create a plein air sculpture. Lisa Schilling’s work begins with a material exploration in the kiln. The material dictates the final shape dependent on its ability to pass: raw clay with an underglaze rind as marbled meats; test tiles as shark teeth. The limits of this pass-ability is pushed further in Schilling’s Projector Series, where she combines the slaughter house with the grindhouse. Film projectors that appear to be cobbled out of sausage links and/or human organs are at once bodily, consumption for the body, and machines of projection.
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Opening Reception | The Work: Paintings 1999-2016


An exhibition of paintings by Lise Soskolne. For most of the past two decades, Soskolne’s painting practice has been undertaken without a viewing public and concurrent with her work as an administrator and labor organizer in New York’s nonprofit arts sector. The Work, her first public solo exhibition in New York since 2001, brings together more than thirty paintings made between 1999 and 2016. Most have never before been shown or have not been on view since their initial presentation.    
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Talk | Landscape Design and Gardens: Through the Evolution of Homo Sapiens


This talk focuses on the concept of landscape design and gardens through the evolution of Homo sapiens, from the agricultural revolution through the need of expressing religious thoughts to the rise of the magnificent ornamental gardens that reigned for a long time in history in the homes of the richest and most powerful elites, reaching an apex with the gardens of the Italian renaissance, where nature is under the strict human control and rigor. Today, landscape design and gardens are assuming a new strong ecological and environmental value. Not only do they provide nourishment for the soul, they provide trees and flowers. Trees are the best way to fight global warming; and flowers provide food for bees and other pollinators, helping to sustain their lives. Speaker Jonathan Fargion is a landscape designer. He grew up in Milan where he received his master in environmental architecture from the Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on the history of architectural representation in Disney animations. After working for major architectural firms like Fuksas Architects in Rome and Daniel Libeskind in New York, he decided that concrete was not going to be his future.
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Talks, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Landscape Design and Gardens: Through the Evolution of Homo Sapiens

Dance Lesson | Harlem Moves with Limón Dance Company


Join the world-renowned Limón Company Dancers as they teach the energetic and ease-filled Limón Technique, accompanied by live music. No experience necessary; class is open to all levels. Location    
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Jazz | Jazz Quartet Led by Saxophonist/Composer


Welcome the Danny Walsh Quartet. A talented saxophonist and composer, Danny Walsh has worked with a wide array of jazz, blues, and R&B artists, including Weldon Irvine, Joe Locke, Donald Brown and Lenny White.
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Play | Hamlet: Princess of Denmark


Many women have played Hamlet throughout history, but rarely have they played Hamlet as a woman. What happens to this classic story when feminine power is a defining force? Might Hamlet have been a greater leader given the chance? Shakespeare's Hamlet for the #MeToo era, produced by The Drilling Company and directed by Karla Hendrick.
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Plays, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Hamlet: Princess of Denmark

Play | Hype Man: A Break Beat Play


Presented by the The Flea Theater, Hype Man addresses challenging issues of race and social injustice through the story of a mixed-race hip-hop crew about to break through to the national stage. As they rehearse for their network premiere, a tragedy takes place in a band member's neighborhood. The tough conversations that follow test their friendships, their collective moral compass, all amidst the beats of a pulsating hip-hop soundtrack. Content not appropriate for young children. Recommended for teens and adults.
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Play | The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island


Prospero, a powerful magician and the rightful Duchess of Milan, has been usurped by her brother and has escaped to a remote and barren island. There, despite the unforgiving landscape, she has tried her best to make a home for her daughter, Miranda. When Prospero conjures a powerful storm to sink her brother’s ship, she must decide how to deal with him and his confederates, who have washed ashore. How will she exact her long-awaited revenge? How do you satiate a desire for justice?
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Film | Walter Robinson: Artist Provocateur: A New York Painter


Walter Robinson has been on the New York art scene since the early 70s. Painter, art critic, writer, and publisher, his work critiques popular culture. Loosely affiliated with postmodernism and The Pictures Generation, his subversive paintings can be seen in this film, including visits to Robinson’s Long Island City studio; exhibitions at the Jeff Bailey Gallery in Hudson, New York; a retrospective exhibition organized by Barry Blinderman in Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois; and Deitch Projects, New York City. Besides Robinson, critic and curator Carlo McCormick; artist Mark Kostabi; Janelle Reiring, director of Metro Pictures gallery in New York City; and Jeffrey Deitch of Deitch Projects are interviewed. Directed by Paul Tschinkel
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Comedy Club | No Name Comedy/Variety Show


With: Ophira Eisenberg (NPR's ‘Ask Me Another") Liam McEneaney (CD “Working Class Fancy”) Abbi Crutchfield (Pink Collar Comedy Tour) Menuhin Hart (NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity)
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Workshop | Sunset Singing Circle


Singer/songwriter Terre Roche leads this weekly singing program with the beautiful backdrop of the setting sun in NY Harbor. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crooner, the singing circle is perfect for mellow melodies and healthy harmonizing. Fridays, May 1-June 28, 2019
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Discussion | Two Time Grammy Nominated Jazz Musician


Joey DeFrancesco is an American jazz organist, trumpeter, and vocalist. He has released more than 30 albums, including recordings with Miles Davis and Jimmy Smith. DeFrancesco signed his first record deal at the age of 16 and has played internationally with musicians that include David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Coryell, Frank Wess, John McLaughlin, Benny Golson, James Moody, Steve Gadd, Danny Gatton, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb, George Benson, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, and recorded with musicians that included Ray Charles, Bette Midler and Van Morrison. DeFrancesco was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for his record Falling in Love Again. He was nominated for another Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson.
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Discussions, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Two Time Grammy Nominated Jazz Musician

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
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Play | Blanks: Love’s Violent Abandonment


Medical student Reese desperately hunts for the romance of her dreams while her “aunties” - Black women throughout history and media - dissuade, distract and try to save her from love’s violent abandonment - something they all experienced, something they all did not survive. Blanks interrogates how intimate partner violence, intersectional patriarchy, and neglect affect Black women’s pursuit of romantic and filial love. It ask if love conquers all, what happens when it conquers you? Written by Gethsemane Herron-Coward. Directed by Tyler Thomas.
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Plays, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Blanks: Love&rsquo;s Violent Abandonment

Opera | Highlights From Verdi's Rigoletto And More


In 1850, Giuseppe Verdi began composing an opera based on a contentious play that was banned in France. Victor Hugo’s Le Roi S’amuse featured a licentious ruler who did whatever he wanted, including seducing women and killing their husbands, and who did so without worrying about any consequences. But Verdi’s opera was not complete fiction. The title character in Rigoletto was based on a real jester, Nicolas Ferrial, called Triboulet, who lived from 1479 to 1536. The sumptuous Renaissance setting of the opera influenced the composer, as did music from that time period. Collectio Musicorum (“Collection of Music”) presents highlights from Verdi’s opera alongside music of earlier composers, including Tromboncino, Landini, Monteverdi, Attaingnant, Sermisy, Gonzaga, Jannequin, Rossi, and others who are less well known, including the single surviving piece by the mysterious French composer Abel.
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Concerts, May 17, 2019, 05/17/2019, Highlights From Verdi's Rigoletto And More

Concert | The Art Mob, An Uncommon A Cappella Group


The Art Mob, an uncommon a cappella vocal group, wows audiences with an oddball mix of arcane, witty, and occasionally heartrending music from bygone days. The 13-member Mob’s inimitable offerings include Victorian parlor songs, Sacred Harp hymns, jazz and doo-wop, 1920s radio gospel, scary old children’s ditties, Tin Pan Alley numbers, English folk tunes, temperance anthems—you name it. The Art Mob is: Brent Frederick (music director), Connie Beckley, Bernadette Bizer, Hannah Sage Campbell, Gaynor Coté, Martin Donach, Frank Donno, Richard Haas, Anne Kostick, Jaye Maynard, Dean Rainey, and Kirsten Skrinde.
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Concert | Large Choir and Orchestra Perform Latin American Music

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