Music of R. Murray Schafer on the Central Park Lake

Fri, Jun 21, 2013, 7:30 am

Rowboats are rented at the boathouse in Central Park.  Photo by Knox.
Rowboats are rented at the boathouse in Central Park. Photo by Knox.

Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

For the fourth year, Make Music New York showcases the natural beauty and unique acoustic properties of the Central Park Lake, with large-scale works by iconic Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, co-presented with Americas Society. There are mini-concerts from morning to night on June 21, the summer solstice.

7:30 am: TILT Brass performs Dawn from Music for Wilderness Lake
5-5:45 pm: George Steel conducts Credo for 144 singers
8:15 pm: TILT Brass performs Dusk from Music for Wilderness Lake

At 5 pm, 144 singers will set off in rowboats and sing Schafer’s 50-minute choral work Credo (1976) from a circular configuration on the Central Park Lake, conducted by George Steel. Credo, written for 12 separate, coordinated choirs, is musically inspired by Thomas Tallis’s motet Spem in alium, with text based on the writings of 16th-century Italian astronomer Giordano Bruno describing the universe as it was then understood.

Choristers will include singers from the Pro Arte Chorale and Taghkanic Chorale (both led by Steven Fox), Collegiate Chorale,Manhattan Choral Ensemble, Cantori, Empire City Men’s Chorus, Astoria Symphonic Choir, and others. Audience members may experience Credo from other boats, or from the shore.

On Central Park Lake; enter at W. 77th St. and Central Park West.

Central Park

Bordered by Fifth Avenue, Central Park South, Central Park West and Cathedral Parkway

New York, NY 10022

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Make Music New York

Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place each June 21, the longest day of the year. On that day, hundreds of public spaces throughout the five boroughs become impromptu stages for over 1,000 free concerts.


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