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The Inaugural Concert: A Night of World Premieres

Live Event | Webcast

Tuesday April 28 2009 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm ET
In-person event

Daniel Bernard Roumain


The Greene Space bursts onto the New York landscape with an explosion of experimentation and innovation as three platforms collide – radio, digital and live – to create a synergistic evening of sight, sound and experience. Come back Tuesday night at 7 PM to watch a webcast of the entire performance on this page.

The program will consist of the following:

  • Osvaldo Golijov will use the city of New York, and WNYC’s place in the city’s history, as inspiration for an original composition. Sounds from WNYC’s extensive archives, which date back to the station’s inception in 1924, will generate the rhythms of this world premiere. Performing the work will be a group of rising young artists, including Jeremy Flower, an avant-garde composer who uses laptop technology to create his unique pieces; Michael Ward-Bergeman, a hyper-accordionist (an acoustic accordion whose range and expressive capabilities are extended through the use of dynamic digital signal processing and foot pedals); and ETHEL, the genre-bending NY string quartet renowned for questioning the boundaries between performer, audience, technology, and tradition. The WNYC Radio commission by Osvaldo Golijov is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Cheswatyr Foundation.
  • Selected Shorts, in partnership with Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Liz Callaway will be among New York actors to read New York-centric literature by Helen Keller, Colum McCann and a WNYC commission by Samantha Hunt in collaboration with the cultural journal, A Public Space.
  • Writer/activist Sonia Sanchez, finalist for the National Book Award, will perform an original poem, created specifically to inaugurate the space.
  • Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Musical Director of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will perform a work for solo violin.
  • Ayodele Casel, hailed by Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world today,” and electro-jazz cellist/composer Dana Leong, often referred to as “a hi-def Yo-Yo Ma,” will create a duet of tap and cello, rooted in the music of the classical canon.


Live Stream at 7PM

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GreeneWorks Commissioning Series, presenting WNYC Radio commissions by Osvaldo Golijov and Sonia Sanchez is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Event Details

1 hour and 30 minutes
The Greene Space
44 Charlton Street
New York , NY United States

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