Rites of Spring Music Festival Brings Classical Music to the North Fork

Yezu Woo, violin. Photo by Neda Navaee.

On Saturday, May 29, at 6 p.m., Rites of Spring Music Festival on the North Fork presents “O Mysterium Magnum,” a live concert featuring music by Yezu Elizabeth Woo on violin and Paolo Bartolani on piano, at Jamesport Meeting House, 1590 Main Road.

The program has been inspired by the Latin text “O Magnum Mysterium,” and the program features music written by Jan Sibelius, Olivier Messiaen, Alfred Schnittke, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Isang Yun, Arvo Pärt.

Tickets are $70. Masks and social distancing will be required for the audience.

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 presents new music by Hull, Seo, Andres, 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) Due to the outdoor nature of this show, a rain date is scheduled for June 19 at 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair

To buy tickets for either concert, visit at ritesmusic.org.

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

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.