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2021 Arts Al Fresco Series Features the Penguin Music Festival

More Arts Coming Around the Region to Make the Summer Shine

The Penguin Repertory Theater returned to the spotlight last Saturday, kicking off a new summer music festival – Barnside Live @5! – on the lawn of the historic theater at 7 Cricketown Road in Stony Point.

The Penguin’s season debut is part of Con Edison’s Arts Al Fresco, an extraordinary series of safe outdoor arts experiences across the five boroughs, and Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties. Arts al Fresco events are scheduled this week, throughout the summer and into the fall.

Saturday’s Barnside Live @ 5! program at Penguin was devoted to a musical salute to Juneteenth, the commemoration of the June 19th end of slavery in the U.S. Successive Saturdays at Penguin this summer will feature the music of Patsy Cline, John Prine, Elton John and Billy Joel.

"Con Edison's long-standing commitment to making the arts accessible to all New Yorkers is more important today than ever before," said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison's senior vice president, Corporate Affairs. "As New York recovers from the pandemic, we are pleased to support local artists and cultural organizations in our 'Arts Al Fresco' series."

Orange & Rockland (O&R), a wholly owned electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Con Edison, also is playing a major role in supporting local programs in Con Edison’s summer-long celebration series.

To its October finale, Arts Al Fresco will include an eclectic array of arts and cultural experiences with something for everyone. For the current schedule and new events, check this link often.

All events will adhere to Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

Here’s a rundown of just some of the events now scheduled and their venues:

Penguin's Barnside Live @5! Music Festival

  • Music concert #2 Walking After Midnight: A Tribute to Patsy Cline Starring Bway’s Carter Calvert
    Sat 06/26 @ 5 p.m.
    Raindate: Sun 06/27 @ 5 p.m.
  • Music concert #3 John Prine Tribute
    Artists TBA
    Sat 07/10 @ 5 p.m.
    Raindate: Sun 07/11 @ 5 p.m.
  • Music concert #4 Jefferson McDonald & Cocomama
    Sat 07/17 @ 5 p.m.
    Raindate: Sun 07/18 @ 5 p.m.
  • Music concert #5 Neil Berg’s Pianomen: An Intimate Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel
    Sat 07/24 @ 5 p.m.
    Raindate: Sun 07/25 @ 5 p.m.

Forestburgh Under the Stars 2021

The Forestburgh Playhouse, which marks its 75th anniversary season in 2021 is one of the oldest continuously operating summer theaters in New York State. The 292-seat theater operates during the summers only, from mid-June through Labor Day. Summer stock productions include Broadway classics, musicals, and original musicals for children. They also have a musical cabaret after every evening performance, in their adjoining tavern.

All shows are from 7:30pm – 9:30pm at:

Forestburgh Playhouse
39 Forestburgh Road
Forestburgh, NY 12777

  • Friday, June 25 – Kate Baldwin & Graham Rowat Accompanied by Georgia Stitt
  • Friday, July 2 – Nicholas Rodriguez: All is Fair in Love
  • Saturday, July 3 – Kathryn Allison: The Sophisticated Ladies of Broadway and R&B

Piermont Civic Association's 2021 Bob Samuels Summer Concert Series

This annual concert series has been renamed this year after Bob Samuels, in memory of a beloved member lost to COVID-19.

2021 Bob Samuels Summer Concert Series, Flywheel Park, Piermont 7pm – 10pm

  • Thursday, July 1 | rain date July 8
  • Thursday, July 15 | rain date July 22
  • Thursday, July 29 | rain date August 5
  • Thursday, August 12 | rain date August 19

BridgeMusik Summer Festival

BridgeMusik is composed of top-tier musicians, including several Rockland County residents, who perform regularly in New York City venues and around the world. All programs are performed at the Historic DeWint House, Livingston St. and Oak Tree Road in Tappan unless otherwise specified.

BridgeMusiKids - What Makes Music American?
July 3, 11 AM Children's Concert

BridgeMusiKids program will share the power of American music with our youngest audience members in an interactive form, hosted by veteran teaching artist and BridgeMusik co-founder Tanya Witek.

BridgeMusik Celebrates the Fourth, featuring award-winning jazz singer Shirley Crabbe July 4, 3 PM concert

This program will feature beloved American classics by Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and others, performed in special arrangements for the BridgeMusik chamber orchestra. 

BridgeMusik will continue the series into August with concerts funded by the BridgeMusik Summer Festival, which will involve student and faculty from around the world in a sixteen-day festival with virtual and in-person events.

Con Edison supports hundreds of nonprofits in New York City and Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain communities and improve lives. In addition to the arts, these philanthropic efforts support the environment, and important educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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