Bargemusic: The Best Kept Secret of New York’s Classical Music Scene

As one of the cultural capitals of the world, New York City is home to many internationally renowned performance ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera Company. Less familiar to most visitors is Bargemusic, an intimate chamber music series and venue unlike any you’ve ever experienced. Established in 1977 by violinist Olga Bloom, Bargemusic resides in 118-year-old former coffee barge that Bloom refurbished to accommodate up to 140 music lovers. The elevated stage in this floating concert hall is set against a glass wall that looks out onto Manhattan, and concerts generally take place in the evening, which means guests are treated to radiant sunsets over the Manhattan skyline as they enjoy performances by the world’s finest musicians. Whether solo piano, brass trio, string quartet, or woodwind quintet, Bargemusic performers are often top-selling solo recording artists or members of elite ensembles such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, or the NHK Symphony Orchestra (of Tokyo). Up to five days a week, every week of the year, Bargemusic has exactly what you need for a thrilling artistic experience you won’t soon forget.

Location: Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge

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