GatherNYC returns with the spring season of Sunday morning concerts at the Museum of Arts and Design
GatherNYC, a groundbreaking weekly concert experience founded in 2017 by cellist Laura Metcalf and guitarist Rupert Boyd, announces its Spring 2022 season, to be held in the series’ new home at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle). The season kicks off April 24 and runs through June 19, 2022, with weekly concerts held on Sundays at 11 a.m. at the MAD Theater, which has been fully restored to its original mid-century design.
GatherNYC guests are served exquisite live classical music by New York’s most celebrated artists, a taste of the spoken word, and a brief celebration of silence. The entire experience lasts an hour and evokes the communal and spiritual nurturing of a church service – but religion is music, and all are welcome.
Metcalf and Boyd say, “In these troubled times, GatherNYC provides a safe place to fortify beauty, peace and unity. We look forward to welcoming the public on Sunday mornings this spring to our beautiful new home in MAD, to share this music and the common listening experience.”
GatherNYC Spring 2022 Season Lineup:
April 24: Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet
Bassist and composer Pedro Giraudo, winner of a 2018 Latin Grammy for Best Tango Album, presents an exciting program depicting the evolution of Argentine tango from classical tango to his own original compositions, to kick off the spring season.
May 1: ETHEL
The adventurous string quartet, known for setting the standard for contemporary concert music, shares a morning that is “tireless and eclectic” (The New York Times), “vital and brilliant” (The New Yorker) and “infectiously visceral” (Pitchfork ) music, composed largely by the quartet itself.
May 8: Curtis Stewart, violin
Following his electrifying performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards alongside his nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his album Of Power, violinist Curtis Stewart creates his own unique sonic world using violin, electronics and music inspired by a wide range of influences from JS Bach to Stevie Wonder.
May 15: Boyd Meets Girl – Album Release Celebration
GatherNYC co-artistic directors Laura Metcalf and Rupert Boyd celebrate the release of their second album on the Grammy-winning Sono Luminus label, Songs of Love & Despair. The album cuts across the full gamut of human emotions and contains numerous cello and guitar duo arrangements of music by Debussy, Messiaen, Radiohead and Beyonce.
May 22: Jiji, guitar
Announced by the Washington Post as “one of 21 songwriters/performers who sound like tomorrow”, Jiji was the first solo guitarist in 30 years to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition. She now travels the world with her signature blend of traditional and contemporary classical music to her own classical and electric guitar improvisations.
June 5: Musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Musicians from one of the world’s finest orchestras collaborate for an intimate chamber music programme: associate principal cellist Dorothea Figueroa, second flute/piccolo Maron Khoury and principal harpist Mariko Anraku.
June 12: Pigeon Dance
Pigeonwing Dance, led by choreographer/dancer Gabrielle Lamb, is known for integrating the rigor of classical training into a unique contemporary language of movement. Violinist Derek Ratzenboeck of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and cellist Laura Metcalf offer specially selected musical duets.
June 19: Harlem Chamber Players
A quartet of musicians from Harlem Chamber Players, an ethnically diverse collective dedicated to providing affordable, world-class performances to the community of Harlem and beyond, and creating opportunities for classically trained musicians of color, share a exquisite musical program by Florence Price, Dvorak and more.