From July 23 through July 30, 35 aspiring musicians will gather in the Village of Oyster Bay to take part in the sixth season of the Oyster Bay Music Festival (OBMF), an eight-day intensive musical immersion and concurrent free live classical music festival. Ranging in age from 12 to 24 and hailing from communities throughout Long Island and greater New York, these highly gifted classical music students will spend their days coaching with expert faculty, rehearsing solo and chamber music and performing nonstop.
The festival hosts 17 public events during the week as well as eight programs at senior centers and several pop-up concerts in the village.
“Our students will often perform two or three times a day, giving them an unparalleled opportunity to develop their performance skills,” said Lauren Ausubel, co-director and flutist. “The level is extremely high this year, many of our students coming from top music institutions such as Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Yale School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory.”
Unique to Oyster Bay Music Festival is its dedication to the art of performance and the revival of classical music as a vital part of community.
“Classical music has a long history of passion, breaking boundaries and community engagement,” said co-director Pippa Borisy, pianist and director of the Great Neck Music Conservatory. “There is no reason for a classical music concert to ever be boring. Our goal is to create an experience of live performance, rooted in the community of Oyster Bay, that is fun, enlightening and full of surprises.”
The festival approaches concerts with a sense of whimsy and fun. Every concert is themed. Mozart Shipwrecked takes place in the boat yard at Building Lot J at the Western Waterfront on July 24. Typical of this festival is the unexpected—audiences will find a Steinway grand piano adjacent to the ongoing construction of a replica of the Ida May boat.
Or drop by Oyster Bay’s famed Cruise Night on July 25, where Steinway & Sons will park a concert grand in front of 20th Century Cycles for Cruising to the Classical Beat. Prepare for an interactive experience on July 26 with a special guest artist concert featuring the internationally recognized ensemble SHUFFLE Concert at Christ Church. Bring your lawn chairs for Music On The Porch at Sagamore Hill on July 29; but first don’t miss a favorite family event, Clarinets, Clavichords…Carrots and Cucumbers? at Raynham Hall Museum.
This is a one-of-a-kind simultaneous indoor salon-concert and outdoor vegetable orchestra workshop with Dale Stuckenbruck, who recently performed on the musical saw with the New York Philharmonic. OBMF partners with Oyster Bay Historical Society to present Classic Yachts – Classic Music on July 24; and Looney Tunes, contemplating the crazy side of musicians or their music, on July 26. Additional concert venues during the eights days of music include Oakcliff Sailing Center, Not Just Art, Spinnakers Restaurant and St. John’s Church in Cold Spring Harbor.
The festival kicks off on July 23 at Christ Church, one of Long Island’s favorite acoustic spaces, with Overture: Opening Festival Concert, featuring faculty and interns of the festival; presents Old But Not Obsolete at Christ Church on July 28; and ends in the same location with a concert called Beautiful Minds on July 30. All concerts are free and designed for all ages. Complete concert listings are available at www.oysterbaymusicfestival.org. All concerts are free and open to the public. Support is provided in part by Steinway & Sons, The Joel Foundation and a Community Arts Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.
The free concerts, open to the public, are as follows (all locations are in Oyster Bay unless noted):
Sunday, July 23
7:30 p.m. Overture: Opening Festival Concert
Christ Church, 61 East Main St. Opening concert featuring faculty and students of the festival.
Monday, July 24
5 p.m. Classic Yachts-Classic Music
Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit St.
7:30 p.m. Mozart Shipwrecked
Ida May Project in Building J on the Western Waterfront, 1 West End Ave. Music inspired by adventure or inspiring adventure.
Tuesday, July 25
6 to 9 p.m. Cruising To The Classical Beat
OBMF at Cruise Night by 20th Century Cycles, 101 Audrey Ave. A Steinway grand piano in front of Billy Joel’s motorcycle shop. Music for everyone.
Wednesday, July 26
12 to 2 p.m. Food For The Soul
Spinnakers Restaurant, 62 South St. Stop by, have some lunch and enjoy music.
5 p.m. Loony Tunes
Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit St. The crazy side of musicians or their music.
7:30 p.m. Guest Artist Interactive Concert with SHUFFLE Concert.
Christ Church, 61 East Main St. SHUFFLE Concert, guest artist series.
Thursday, July 27
5 p.m. Salon Serendipity: Music From The 19th Century
Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main St. Like stepping into the past.
7:30 p.m. Waves Of Music
Oakcliff Sailing Center, 4 South St.
Friday, July 28
2 p.m. Especially For Kids!
Not Just Art, 183 South St.
6 p.m. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
St. John’s Church, 1670 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
8 p.m. Old But Not Obsolete
Christ Church, 61 East Main St.
Classical music that keeps inspiring.
Saturday, July 29
1 to 3 p.m. Clarinets, Clavichords…Carrots And Cucumbers?
Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main St. Outdoor Vegetable Orchestra Workshop and simultaneous indoor festival concert. Musical magic, curiosities, ice cream and fun for adults and children of all ages.
5 p.m. Music On The Porch
Front Porch of Sagamore Hill, 20 Sagamore Hill Rd., Cove Neck. Hoping that one day the world will stand united: music for peace and love.
Sunday, July 30
4 p.m. Finale: Beautiful Minds
Christ Church, 61 East Main St. Concluding the festival with works from some of the most beautiful minds in humanity.