Never mind Tanglewood. You don’t need to leave Port Washington to enjoy live music, two of which are at outdoor venues, and one in a local cafe.
It starts Friday at 7 p.m. with a performance at the for a program of classical works, jazz, soundtrack music, original compositions and a world premiere featuring Caroline Sonett on flute and Port Washington’s own on piano and accordion.
And for outdoor music lovers, at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, there's a concert, featuring The Port Washington Community Band. Then on Sunday, there’s more live music at the at 4 p.m., when the Garden State Philharmonic performs.
Both outdoor venues – lawn chairs, picnic blankets are encouraged – promise to please.
Asked about Friday’s concert, band director Mark Brenner said, “I call it ‘Summer's Here.’ We will be performing something for everyone. From marches to pop, music across generations, I am certain our program will get toes tapping.”
Music lovers are in for another treat on Sunday at the inaugural concert on the lawn.
"The concert is a classic outdoor pops concert,” said Artistic Director and Conductor Anthony LaGruth. “The orchestra, about 50 strong, will present a wonderful mix of patriotic songs that celebrate our great country, Broadway medleys and movie theme songs, as well as some light classics.”
“The music is fun and should have everyone's toe tapping,” he added. “Choosing the program for any concert is a process that involves finding the right balance. One of my teachers once told me that a good program is like a fine menu. Each course, lovely and delicious, each course complimenting what comes next."
Sunday’s event pays tribute to the site’s Gold Coast history. As Friends of Sands Point Preserve’s Vice Chair Jean-Marie Posner put it, “The magnificent grounds provide a perfect setting against a backdrop consisting of the Long Island Sound and the castles surrounding the former estate. There were many outdoor concerts hosted by the Guggenheims, and we are just following in the footsteps of its history.”
Expect more such programs at the preserve.
“We are already planning more outdoor concerts for next year,” Posner said. “We hope to bring back the Garden State Philharmonic plus invite other musicians and performers as part of the 2013 Summer Music Series. It is a wonderful way to appreciate the extraordinary grounds of the Sands Point Preserve and respect its historic value to the community.”
The Sousa Bandshell concert is free. The Friends of the Sands Point Preserve concert is $25 per carload, and will be held indoors at the Black Box Theatre inside Castle Gould in case of rain.