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New York, September 26, 2016

2016 VERDI SQUARE FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESS

Click here for a video excerpt from the Trad Jazz program.


New York, September 8, 2016

NEW YORK’S PREMIER BOUTIQUE ARTS FESTIVAL BRINGS GREAT MUSIC BACK TO HISTORIC VERDI SQUARE

The statue of Italy’s great composer Verdi donated by New York’s Italian-American community was inaugurated at Verdi Square in 1906 to marching bands, choruses, and over 10,000 participants. Today the Square again resonates to great music. The Verdi Square Festival kicks off its 2016 Season with a free Jazz concert at 5:00 pm Sunday September 11th, followed by American Musical Theater on Sunday, September 18 and Opera on Sunday September 25.

The world’s greatest singers and musicians (Caruso, Chaliapin, Melchoir, Stravinsky, and Toscanini) living at the adjacent Ansonia Hotel, New York’s top hotel at the time, regularly strolled through Verdi Square – as did the Gershwin brothers walking from their Riverside Drive home to their bank at Broadway & 72nd Street.

Created and managed by a group of Upper West Side music lovers in partnership with the New York City Dept. of Parks and Recreation, the Festival since 2006 has been presenting highly varied programs in one of the world’s most challenging venues: subways underneath, buses, trucks, and an occasional Hell’s Angel’s motorcade passing by, news helicopters hovering overhead. The Festival’s soundman, a professional performing musician himself, works miracles. Artists love performing before highly appreciative audiences. Some get up to dance to the music. A Verdi Square Festival concert is a “New York Happening!”

In the past the Festival presented student artists from New York and Boston Conservatories. On September 11, it presents a new professional group demonstrating the terrific versatility of New York’s musicians. Ron Wasserman, Principal Bass of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, last year created the big band New York Jazzharmonic performing regularly at Symphony Space and the Washington Square Music Festival. He brings New York Jazzharmonic’s Trad-Jazz Sextet to perform selections shouted out from programs to be given the audience.

Here’s a sample of what we presented last year at Verdi Square Festival 2015: click here for the video

CONTACT: George Litton, email: info@verdisquarefestival.com


August 30, 2016

The Verdi Square Festival Corp. has received Internal Revenue Service confirmation that it is a 501(c)3 qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions directly, rather than through our prior 501(c)3 Fiscal Agent, the City Parks Foundation. You may become a Friend of the Verdi Square Festival online, or make a checks payable to “Verdi Square Festival Corp” and mail to Verdi Square Festival, P. O. Box 231134 Ansonia Station, New York, NY 10023. Both are tax-deductible.


April 9, 2016

On April 9th, the Verdi Square Festival helped members of Parma’s famed “Club of 27” pay homage to Verdi by facilitating placement of 27 roses at the foot of his statue. Organizer (Film-Maker) August Ventura reported:

Read more about this event at The New Yorker

Watch highlights of the 2015 Festival on Youtube
click here for the video


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