Enjoy the music of 24 talented accordionists on the Lawn each Wednesday at Accordion Picnics, followed by an Accordion Festival on July 21.
Bryant Park Presents Accordions Around the World, produced with Ariana’s List, is back, serenading park visitors on Wednesday evenings with an impressive array of artists and genres. The accordion is an inviting and versatile instrument, and listening to a real expert on a warm summer evening in a beautiful park is one of the great pleasures of city life.
The program features more than 100 accordionists, as well as bandoneon, bayan, concertina, and harmonium-players of different musical genres. Audiences have an opportunity to hear music from many traditions and to experience the wide range of this often overlooked and little-known instrument. Each event brings together 24 “’accordion wizards’ from around the planet to try to impress one another and rock the park” as Time Out New York describes it.
We’ve thought of everything to make this a festive evening for everyone. You can borrow a picnic blanket from us to spread out on the Lawn and then purchase beer or wine to enjoy with the music.
Accordions Around the World is performed on Wednesday evenings, 6pm-8pm, through July 19, then winds up with the Accordion Festival on Friday, July 21. This five-hour extravaganza includes five bands, each featuring an accordionist, playing music from around the world, and is hosted by Rachelle Garniez whose story-songs have been described as “romantic, rhapsodic and casually hilarious” by the The New York Times.
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