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March 11, 2019

R&R Concerts, the concert series that has been presenting extraordinary performances of classical music on Roosevelt Island for more than a decade will now be known as Roosevelt Island Concerts. As one of the few New York series presenting both chamber music and orchestral concerts, its rich repertoire draws audiences from Roosevelt Island and throughout New York City.  

 Promo video for October 2018 concert by Xi Wang

The first event presented as...

November 11, 2017

When was the last time you heard two upright basses play a Mingus tune? Or a guitar trio? How about a vocalist with a quartet behind her?

On Saturday, November 18, at 3:00 p.m., RIVAA Gallery will be celebrating seven years of jazz salons with its Combinatorial Equation – Duos, Trios, and Quartets jam session, featuring interesting combinations of sounds and musicianship.

Over seven years, and more than 40 performances, the RIVAA jazz salon has become a...

October 5, 2017


Despite a scorching heat wave, Islanders came out to enjoy a day of art, exercise, dance, and music at the Fall for Arts Festival on September 23. Dozens of artists spent the day decorating large canvases in Southpoint Park and on the Rivercross lawn, while kids enjoyed bouncy houses, face painting, henna tattoos, and crafts. The stage at Southpoint featured performances by Island businesses and organizations, including Main Street Theatre...

August 28, 2017

Something magnificent occurred on August 21. No, I’m not talking about the celestial glory of the solar eclipse. I’m talking about something far more intimate and closer to home: the final performance of this season’s summer R&R Family Concert Series on Roosevelt Island. The relaxing evening of classical music featured the performances of four extraordinary talents: Daniel Weiser (piano), Iris Jortner (cello), Ralph Allen (violin), and Marcia Cassidy...

March 26, 2017

In a brightly lit room overlooking the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 11 musicians warm up their instruments and grouse good-naturedly about their chilly commutes. A flute player says she spent an hour traveling from Riverside. The group hopes their violinist, coming all the way from Long Island, will be able to make it through the snow. Despite the wintry weather, the musicians are excited to get down to business, tackling Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4 (“M...

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