ArtsWestchester’s “Music in the Air” initiative is your destination guide to affordable outdoor arts events taking place in Westchester County throughout the summer. Below are some highlights for the summer season:
Jazz Concerts at Lyndhurst Mansion
Lyndhurst Mansion and Jazz Forum Arts present Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst, a series of jazz concerts that are set directly on the sweeping lawns of the Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown. Performers include the Rocky Middleton Sextet, Ayako Shirasaki Quartet, Bill Warfield & Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra and more. Performances take place on Thursday evenings from July 6 through August 24. lyndhurst.org
Emil Paolucci Summer Sounds Concert Series
New Rochelle Council on the Arts and New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation present the 10th season of the Emil Paolucci Summer Sounds concerts. The series showcases more than one dozen bands on the stage of the Hudson Park bandshell on consecutive Wednesdays and four Fridays through August 30. Included in the lineup are Greetings From Anywhere, a band whose roots-rock hybrid reinterprets feel-good songs (July 21); New Rochelle Opera, which will perform opera and Broadway favorites (August 2); and Dennis Bell Jazz NY ensemble, featuring vocalist Lynette Washington, which will present songs from the Great American Songbook (August 9). newrochellearts.org
The City of White Plains Presents Concerts, Shakespeare in the Park
The City of White Plains’ “Neighborhood Nights” concert series presents free outdoor events, from a Billy Joel cover band to family-friendly movie screenings, which all take place on weekday evenings at parks throughout the City. On July 13, ArtsWestchester will co-present a production of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company’s Romeo & Juliet at Turnure Park. The play, which has been shortened to 85-minutes, makes no changes to Shakespeare’s original language. It does make the play more relatable to a present-day audience by updating the wardrobe to reflect modern sensibilities and by introducing a contemporary soundtrack between scene transitions. The production is geared toward middle- and high-school aged students. cityofwhiteplains.com
Backyard Concerts at Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah Museum of Art turns the mid-week slump into a series of family-friendly nights in its backyard on Wednesday nights. The Museum will welcome guests to picnic in its sculpture garden as they listen to Westchester-based bands jam. On July 12, Dogbone plays original songs and acoustic covers. On July 19, Sir Cadian Rhythm will play original rock, soul and jazz tunes. Mark di Suvero’s monumental sculpture Rust Angel is also on display in the sculpture garden. katonahmuseum.org
“Music in the Air” is supported with funds from Westchester County Government and is sponsored by Cross County Shopping Center.
A version of this article first appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.