The Museum of Modern Art established Summergarden in 1971 to enhance the artistic life of New York City during the summer. In keeping with MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, this year’s Summergarden series once again welcomes the participation of two constituents from Lincoln Center: The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center, with concerts on alternating Sundays. New Music for New York presents four evenings of adventurous contemporary music, with premieres each night. MORE INFO
Juilliard concerts are performed by members of The New Juilliard Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Joel Sachs, who has assembled two distinctive programs of contemporary compositions, all of which are enjoying their New York, United States, Western Hemisphere, or world premieres. Jazz at Lincoln Center has selected two leading jazz trios whose concerts emphasize original works, each with one world premiere.
The Garden Cart sells artisanal ice creams and sorbets from The Modern restaurant and home-made sundaes from the MoMA cafés. Wine, champagne, American craft beer, specialty coffees, and bottled water are also available for purchase.
Major annual support for Summergarden is provided by The Ethel P. Shein Fund for Music at MoMA, which is generously funded by Agnes Gund and by Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder. Additional support is provided by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Paul D. Shein, and Elizabeth Pozen.
Piano provided courtesy of Yamaha Artist Services, New York.
Summergarden is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sculpture Garden may close if attendance reaches maximum capacity. Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West Fifty-fourth Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The Sculpture Garden opens at 7:00 p.m., and concerts start at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately one hour to ninety minutes. The Sculpture Garden closes at 10:00 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, and the Museum’s Fifty-fourth Street entrance will open at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition galleries are closed during Summergarden.
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden
Sundays, July 11–August 1
Gate opens at 7:00 p.m.; concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.