Music Under the Stars at Custer Observatory in Southold

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Paolo Bartolani, pianist and founder of Rites of Spring Music Festival. Photo by Barbaraellen Koch.

On Saturday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m., Rites of Spring Music Festival presents “New Music Under The Big Sky” at Custer Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold. The performance features Rites of Spring New Music Ensemble, a group that is dedicated to performing innovative, collaborative and exciting works of living composers and the contemporary works from composers of the recent past.

This program will present new music by Allison Loggins Hull, Juri Seo, Andrew Rodriguez, Missy Mazzoli, Timo Andres, David Crowell and classic contemporary music by Steve Reich.

Following the concert, observatory staff will provide guided tours of the night sky (weather permitting) through the many telescopes on site, including the apochromatic Zerochromat telescope in the historic observation dome.

Tickets are $45 (children under 16 free) at ritesmusic.org. Bring a blanket or chair. Due to the outdoor nature of this show, a rain date is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Rites of Spring Ensemble is a group of musicians dedicated to performing classical music and creating new artistic works at the highest level. Based on the East End, the ensemble is committed to the idea that new music belongs in every community, and implements this mission through touring and outreach to connect with audiences and artists, focusing specifically on bringing music to locations out of the reach of many music organizations.

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