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Week of July 17 - July 23, 2016

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Join Tri-State Chess for a USCF-rated chess tournament for children and adults. Visit Tri-State Chess for advanced registration information and list of fees. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.

Advanced registration is recommended, though on-site registration will run from 9-9:30 the day of the event. There will be seven sections and four rounds of play.

Those who wish to participate and are unable to pay the fee can enter to win one of five free entries. To participate, winners must also have a current, valid USCF membership. Those who do not have a valid membership can purchase one the day of the event ($17).

Inquire with Chess Host for application to win a free tournament entry. One entry per person is permitted.

 

Alakazam Our ace Magicians return with tricks up their sleeves and feats that razzle-dazzle

Produced in partnership with Monday Night Magic 

In case of rain, Le Carrousel Magique will be cancelled. 

 
Monday, July 18, 2016

Ola!

Bryant Park speaks Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, and Japanese with instruction by inlingua. Learn a new language in these standalone beginner classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season without needing to play catch up.

Registration is required, and opens one week before each class date. Please email inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com to reserve a spot. 20 student capacity per class. Attendance limited to one class for each language offered.

For more information, check out the inlingua Language Classes post on the Bryant Park blog.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

A Note on Russ Kassoff

Russ Kassoff is currently playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes, private parties, and continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno. In addition, Russ recently appeared as pianist/conductor for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte and members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. 

Past achievements include: In 2015 Russ was the Leader of the “House Band” for The Sinatra 100 Concert - 100 songs selected and hosted by The Jonathan Channel’s legendary Jonathan Schwartz, at Symphony Space, featuring countless terrific performers - including Tierney Sutton, Marilyn Maye, Tony Danza, Rebecca Luker, Kate Davis, Angel Reda, Karen Wyman, Julian Fleisher and Storm Large; In 2012 he was music director for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops concert in memory of Marvin Hamlisch; In 2010 he was conductor/pianist on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's critically acclaimed Come Fly Away, featuring 15 magnificent dancers accompanied by a 19 piece big-band playing live to the voice of Frank Sinatra; Broadway also saw Russ as music director/conductor/ pianist for Charles Aznavour in '98; Russ toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra by request from '80-'91 - including the Ultimate Event tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli; He served as pianist/accompanist for Liza Minnelli from ’82 -'01 and was Minnelli's music director and conductor for the highly acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli National Tour ('00); In '07, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR. 

Since 2003 Russ has been music director/pianist to Rita Moreno and is a featured performer at The Knickerbocker in NYC where he holds a 30-year association with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli. (Next appearance there is November 18 & 19 with jazz bassist extraordinaire Jay Anderson. Jay appears on the 2015 Grammy Award winning Best Large Jazz Ensemble with The Maria Schneider Orchestra, as well as her collaboration with David Bowie on the Grammy winning song Sue.) His current CD Bird Fly By achieved #1 status on Music Choice, was in the top-10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim. 

Coming up, Russ will conduct and play for Robert Davi (Infamous James Bond Villain) as he does Davi Sings Sinatra, 3 nights at Feinstein’s 54 Below on August 18, 19, 20. And there’s Rita Moreno in Concert on Sunday, September 25 at 3pm at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Later this year Russ plans to release his 3rd CD as leader - I Can Dream Solo & Trio with featured players Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums.

Russ has a new radio show, The Jazz Deli with Russ Kassoff broadcasts and streams live every Saturday from 10am to Noon. Just go to WFDU.FM and click on “Listen to HD2”. You will be given a player to hear the program instantly. The show features recordings, with no more than 2 degrees of separation, involving Russ’s eclectic and grateful career in many facets of music and show business. Stories abound! “Our tongue sandwiches speak for themselves!” 

“You are the best.” - Frank Sinatra, '87 

Hear Russ Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores 
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 

Presented by Bank of America

Gregory Peck took the role of American ambassador Robert Thorne, after Charlton Heston turned it down. Thorne and his wife (Lee Remick) live happily in London with their adopted son Damien. Things begin to go terribly wrong, as the dead bodies start piling up around them. Is the cute little tyke to blame? Could he be the Devil’s spawn? Damien, who’s your Daddy? Somewhat surprisingly, Rottweilers experienced a spike in popularity after the film’s release. The Oscar-winning score is by Jerry Goldsmith. (1976) 111 MIN. (R) (FOX)



Classic films under the stars on the big screen. Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn to enjoy great food, friends, plus a classic Warner Brothers cartoon before each film.

The lawn opens at 5:00pm for blankets and picnicking. Films begin at sunset (typically between 8pm and 9pm).

All packages, bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. subject to inspection.

 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Free classes for all ages and experience levels. 

Bryant Park Tai Chi is provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Jeremy Hubbell.

Classes are rain or shine.

 

Perfect your downward dog under the trees at our 13th season of outdoor yoga classes, presented by Athleta with instructors curated by Yoga Journal. Athleta provides a colorful selection of mats - no need to bring your own.

Today's class is led by Victor Colletti. Victor loves life, and most of all, loves yoga.  He has endless gratitude for his incredible family for making him into the creative and independent spirit that he is, the entire Laughing Lotus family for embracing him so generously, Sri Dharma Mittra for planting the seeds, and to all fellow seekers for sharing & inspiring his journey along the pathless path that is life.  Victor honors all of his teachers and the ancient teachings by expressing joy, vitality & hope through celebration, in the recognition that there is a light that never goes out in all of us.

RSVP online at http://bryantparkyoga.eventbrite.com. Walk-ins are welcome as well. 

 

 

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tailsmeowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!

In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

Facilitated by Anne Groell, Executive Editor, Del Rey, and George R.R. Martin’s
Editor.

Produced in partnership with Penguin Random House

 

A Note on Russ Kassoff

Russ Kassoff is currently playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes, private parties, and continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno. In addition, Russ recently appeared as pianist/conductor for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte and members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. 

Past achievements include: In 2015 Russ was the Leader of the “House Band” for The Sinatra 100 Concert - 100 songs selected and hosted by The Jonathan Channel’s legendary Jonathan Schwartz, at Symphony Space, featuring countless terrific performers - including Tierney Sutton, Marilyn Maye, Tony Danza, Rebecca Luker, Kate Davis, Angel Reda, Karen Wyman, Julian Fleisher and Storm Large; In 2012 he was music director for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops concert in memory of Marvin Hamlisch; In 2010 he was conductor/pianist on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's critically acclaimed Come Fly Away, featuring 15 magnificent dancers accompanied by a 19 piece big-band playing live to the voice of Frank Sinatra; Broadway also saw Russ as music director/conductor/ pianist for Charles Aznavour in '98; Russ toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra by request from '80-'91 - including the Ultimate Event tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli; He served as pianist/accompanist for Liza Minnelli from ’82 -'01 and was Minnelli's music director and conductor for the highly acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli National Tour ('00); In '07, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR. 

Since 2003 Russ has been music director/pianist to Rita Moreno and is a featured performer at The Knickerbocker in NYC where he holds a 30-year association with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli. (Next appearance there is November 18 & 19 with jazz bassist extraordinaire Jay Anderson. Jay appears on the 2015 Grammy Award winning Best Large Jazz Ensemble with The Maria Schneider Orchestra, as well as her collaboration with David Bowie on the Grammy winning song Sue.) His current CD Bird Fly By achieved #1 status on Music Choice, was in the top-10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim. 

Coming up, Russ will conduct and play for Robert Davi (Infamous James Bond Villain) as he does Davi Sings Sinatra, 3 nights at Feinstein’s 54 Below on August 18, 19, 20. And there’s Rita Moreno in Concert on Sunday, September 25 at 3pm at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Later this year Russ plans to release his 3rd CD as leader - I Can Dream Solo & Trio with featured players Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums.

Russ has a new radio show, The Jazz Deli with Russ Kassoff broadcasts and streams live every Saturday from 10am to Noon. Just go to WFDU.FM and click on “Listen to HD2”. You will be given a player to hear the program instantly. The show features recordings, with no more than 2 degrees of separation, involving Russ’s eclectic and grateful career in many facets of music and show business. Stories abound! “Our tongue sandwiches speak for themselves!” 

“You are the best.” - Frank Sinatra, '87 

Hear Russ Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores 
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 

Free beginner classes presented by Knitty City. Yarn and needles are provided.

Call Knitty City at 212-787-5896 to register, or take a chance and drop by.

 

*Note special day and time.

A weekly series featuring a total of over 75 accordionists, as well as bandoneon/bayan/concertina/harmonium-players, representing a vast spectrum of musical genres from many corners of the globe. Produced with Ariana’s List.

Jody Kruskal – Concertina: Old Americana
Rob the AccordionMan – Doo Wop + Classic Rock
Stevhen K. Iancu of The Dolomites – Avant Garde Japanese + Romanian
Uri Sharlin – Brazilian + Balkan
Nathan Rivera + Jesse Andra – Gypsy Blues
Jet Black Pearl – French Waltzes, Dutch Rap + English Pop

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

Stop in during our weekly Game Socials to play multi-player co-op, strategy, and party games. The first session is structured as a game demo so you can learn the basics. In the weeks following, join the social to develop strategy and skill.

Tuesdays: Forbidden Island and Shadows Over Camelot
Wednesdays: Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne
Fridays: Wits & Wagers and King of Tokyo

 

Featuring the Poets:

Keisha-Gaye Anderson

JP Howard

Cynthia Manick

Venus Thrash

Produced in partnership with Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Join The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, for a Boot Camp on the Fountain Terrace, on the Sixth Avenue side of the park. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back--and seeing results. 

No equipment necessary; smiles and high-fives encouraged. Rain or shine.

For more information, check out our blog post.

 

This class, presented by the Shinnyo Center for Meditation & Well-Being, translates fundamental Buddhist principles into experiences that can be accessible to anyone in contemporary society. The Walking Meditation classes will begin at the Upper Terrace gravel (across from the Bryant Park Cafe) with opening remarks and instruction; then, the class will conduct a slow and mindful turn about the park. With the Walking Meditation class, you'll have already had a powerful experience by the time you go into work!

 

Join us for an enjoyable walking tour of Bryant Park, and discover how Bryant Park Corporation successfully transformed "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. Our guides are loaded with expertise on the park's rich history, award-winning design, distinct amenities, and ongoing maintenance efforts.

Registration is required. Click here to register with Eventbrite. Please arrive at the Fountain by 10:55am to check-in with the guide. Tour will depart promptly at 11am.

FAQs

What is your cancellation policy?
Tours will continue as scheduled in light rain, but will be cancelled in heavy rain or inclement weather.

How large are tour groups?
Tours are capped at 20 participants. Please contact tours@urbanmgt.com if you plan to attend with a group larger than six people.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No need!

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

Michael Gross, Bestselling Author of 740 Park, House of Outrageous Fortune, Model

Focus: The Secret, Sexy, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers

From Richard Avedon to Irving Penn, front-row and backstage reporters share never-before-told anecdotes and give insight into the highs and lows of fashion photography and the people behind the camera.

Hosted by Alina Cho, Journalist and Editor-at-Large Ballantine Bantam Dell, Style & Fashion Genre

Rain information: In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

A Note on Russ Kassoff

Russ Kassoff is currently playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes, private parties, and continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno. In addition, Russ recently appeared as pianist/conductor for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte and members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. 

Past achievements include: In 2015 Russ was the Leader of the “House Band” for The Sinatra 100 Concert - 100 songs selected and hosted by The Jonathan Channel’s legendary Jonathan Schwartz, at Symphony Space, featuring countless terrific performers - including Tierney Sutton, Marilyn Maye, Tony Danza, Rebecca Luker, Kate Davis, Angel Reda, Karen Wyman, Julian Fleisher and Storm Large; In 2012 he was music director for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops concert in memory of Marvin Hamlisch; In 2010 he was conductor/pianist on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's critically acclaimed Come Fly Away, featuring 15 magnificent dancers accompanied by a 19 piece big-band playing live to the voice of Frank Sinatra; Broadway also saw Russ as music director/conductor/ pianist for Charles Aznavour in '98; Russ toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra by request from '80-'91 - including the Ultimate Event tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli; He served as pianist/accompanist for Liza Minnelli from ’82 -'01 and was Minnelli's music director and conductor for the highly acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli National Tour ('00); In '07, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR. 

Since 2003 Russ has been music director/pianist to Rita Moreno and is a featured performer at The Knickerbocker in NYC where he holds a 30-year association with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli. (Next appearance there is November 18 & 19 with jazz bassist extraordinaire Jay Anderson. Jay appears on the 2015 Grammy Award winning Best Large Jazz Ensemble with The Maria Schneider Orchestra, as well as her collaboration with David Bowie on the Grammy winning song Sue.) His current CD Bird Fly By achieved #1 status on Music Choice, was in the top-10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim. 

Coming up, Russ will conduct and play for Robert Davi (Infamous James Bond Villain) as he does Davi Sings Sinatra, 3 nights at Feinstein’s 54 Below on August 18, 19, 20. And there’s Rita Moreno in Concert on Sunday, September 25 at 3pm at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Later this year Russ plans to release his 3rd CD as leader - I Can Dream Solo & Trio with featured players Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums.

Russ has a new radio show, The Jazz Deli with Russ Kassoff broadcasts and streams live every Saturday from 10am to Noon. Just go to WFDU.FM and click on “Listen to HD2”. You will be given a player to hear the program instantly. The show features recordings, with no more than 2 degrees of separation, involving Russ’s eclectic and grateful career in many facets of music and show business. Stories abound! “Our tongue sandwiches speak for themselves!” 

“You are the best.” - Frank Sinatra, '87 

Hear Russ Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores 
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 

Stop in during our weekly Game Socials to play multi-player co-op, strategy, and party games. The first session is structured as a game demo so you can learn the basics. In the weeks following, join the social to develop strategy and skill.

Tuesdays: Forbidden Island and Shadows Over Camelot
Wednesdays: Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne
Fridays: Wits & Wagers and King of Tokyo

 

Join us for monthly mixed doubles ping pong tournaments, and prove that table tennis truly appeals to all. 

Pairs must be one female + one male. Pre-registration is required. Please sign up with both names in the registration name field (example: Patti Smith and John Doe). One email will suffice for each team. Register here

Are you a solo female, who needs a partner to play? Please email us at bpc@urbanmgt.com, and we will be happy to find a match. 

On-site registration will open at 6pm if space allows. Please check-in with host when you arrive for the tournament. We will begin promptly at 6:30pm. Registration will close, and spots will be turned over to wait-listed registrants, beginning at 6:20pm. 

USATT ranked players with a rating of 2000 or higher are not eligible to play.

 

Shoe's Off, Party's On!

Check your shoes at the door and feel the grass between your toes, for a night of dancing under the stars, on the Bryant Park Lawn.

Guests are invited to enjoy an evening in Bryant Park with food, drinks, and dancing to a live performance by DJ Questlove. Food for purchase from notable NYC restaurants including DB Bistro, Milk Bar, and more.

Dress Code: Dress to be Photographed

See the Barefoot Ball page for more details!

Purchase your tickets now on Ticketmaster!

 
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Free classes for all ages and experience levels. 

Bryant Park Tai Chi is provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Jeremy Hubbell.

Classes are rain or shine.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

presented by 106.7 LiteFM

The best of musicals on and off Broadway showcase their hits, plus lots of surprises from other Broadway shows. Hosted by LiteFM DJs.

106.7 LITE FM Host: Helen Little

Co-Host: Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggress (School of Rock)

Fiddler on the Roof

Les Miserables

Fuerza Bruta

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Cirque De Soleil Paramour 

 

A Note on Russ Kassoff

Russ Kassoff is currently playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes, private parties, and continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno. In addition, Russ recently appeared as pianist/conductor for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte and members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. 

Past achievements include: In 2015 Russ was the Leader of the “House Band” for The Sinatra 100 Concert - 100 songs selected and hosted by The Jonathan Channel’s legendary Jonathan Schwartz, at Symphony Space, featuring countless terrific performers - including Tierney Sutton, Marilyn Maye, Tony Danza, Rebecca Luker, Kate Davis, Angel Reda, Karen Wyman, Julian Fleisher and Storm Large; In 2012 he was music director for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops concert in memory of Marvin Hamlisch; In 2010 he was conductor/pianist on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's critically acclaimed Come Fly Away, featuring 15 magnificent dancers accompanied by a 19 piece big-band playing live to the voice of Frank Sinatra; Broadway also saw Russ as music director/conductor/ pianist for Charles Aznavour in '98; Russ toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra by request from '80-'91 - including the Ultimate Event tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli; He served as pianist/accompanist for Liza Minnelli from ’82 -'01 and was Minnelli's music director and conductor for the highly acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli National Tour ('00); In '07, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR. 

Since 2003 Russ has been music director/pianist to Rita Moreno and is a featured performer at The Knickerbocker in NYC where he holds a 30-year association with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli. (Next appearance there is November 18 & 19 with jazz bassist extraordinaire Jay Anderson. Jay appears on the 2015 Grammy Award winning Best Large Jazz Ensemble with The Maria Schneider Orchestra, as well as her collaboration with David Bowie on the Grammy winning song Sue.) His current CD Bird Fly By achieved #1 status on Music Choice, was in the top-10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim. 

Coming up, Russ will conduct and play for Robert Davi (Infamous James Bond Villain) as he does Davi Sings Sinatra, 3 nights at Feinstein’s 54 Below on August 18, 19, 20. And there’s Rita Moreno in Concert on Sunday, September 25 at 3pm at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Later this year Russ plans to release his 3rd CD as leader - I Can Dream Solo & Trio with featured players Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums.

Russ has a new radio show, The Jazz Deli with Russ Kassoff broadcasts and streams live every Saturday from 10am to Noon. Just go to WFDU.FM and click on “Listen to HD2”. You will be given a player to hear the program instantly. The show features recordings, with no more than 2 degrees of separation, involving Russ’s eclectic and grateful career in many facets of music and show business. Stories abound! “Our tongue sandwiches speak for themselves!” 

“You are the best.” - Frank Sinatra, '87 

Hear Russ Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores 
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 

Learn to play the American version (National Mah Jongg League standard) of the ancient Chinese game of tiles, with instruction by Linda Fisher. This game draws in a friendly crowd!

 

Perfect your downward dog under the trees at our 13th season of outdoor yoga classes, presented by Athleta with instructors curated by Yoga Journal. Athleta provides a colorful selection of mats - no need to bring your own.

Today's class is led by Kari Harendorf. Kari, E-RYT 500, is a yoga teacher, holistic health facilitator, and Reiki master, merging a spiritual practice with health science to spread love and help people feel and be their best. Kari is on the faculty of Yoga Shanti’s 200-hour, 300-hour, and advanced teacher trainings, playfully focusing on helping students and teachers achieve precise anatomical alignment.

RSVP online at http://bryantparkyoga.eventbrite.com. Walk-ins are welcome as well. 

 

 

Welcome beginners! Learn to setup a chess board and map out your next move with assistance from our Chess Host. Kids welcome.

 

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Susan Breen 

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Bryant Park Presents
Shakespeare

As You Like It
July 21 - 23
Bryant Park Stage (3 performances)
Thursday, 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 7pm
with music by Natalie Smith

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment. In addition, the anniversaries of William Shakespeare’s birth (452nd) and death (400th) are honored with a daylong celebration.

 
Friday, July 22, 2016

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

A Note on Russ Kassoff

Russ Kassoff is currently playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes, private parties, and continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno. In addition, Russ recently appeared as pianist/conductor for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte and members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. 

Past achievements include: In 2015 Russ was the Leader of the “House Band” for The Sinatra 100 Concert - 100 songs selected and hosted by The Jonathan Channel’s legendary Jonathan Schwartz, at Symphony Space, featuring countless terrific performers - including Tierney Sutton, Marilyn Maye, Tony Danza, Rebecca Luker, Kate Davis, Angel Reda, Karen Wyman, Julian Fleisher and Storm Large; In 2012 he was music director for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops concert in memory of Marvin Hamlisch; In 2010 he was conductor/pianist on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's critically acclaimed Come Fly Away, featuring 15 magnificent dancers accompanied by a 19 piece big-band playing live to the voice of Frank Sinatra; Broadway also saw Russ as music director/conductor/ pianist for Charles Aznavour in '98; Russ toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra by request from '80-'91 - including the Ultimate Event tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli; He served as pianist/accompanist for Liza Minnelli from ’82 -'01 and was Minnelli's music director and conductor for the highly acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli National Tour ('00); In '07, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR. 

Since 2003 Russ has been music director/pianist to Rita Moreno and is a featured performer at The Knickerbocker in NYC where he holds a 30-year association with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli. (Next appearance there is November 18 & 19 with jazz bassist extraordinaire Jay Anderson. Jay appears on the 2015 Grammy Award winning Best Large Jazz Ensemble with The Maria Schneider Orchestra, as well as her collaboration with David Bowie on the Grammy winning song Sue.) His current CD Bird Fly By achieved #1 status on Music Choice, was in the top-10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim. 

Coming up, Russ will conduct and play for Robert Davi (Infamous James Bond Villain) as he does Davi Sings Sinatra, 3 nights at Feinstein’s 54 Below on August 18, 19, 20. And there’s Rita Moreno in Concert on Sunday, September 25 at 3pm at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Later this year Russ plans to release his 3rd CD as leader - I Can Dream Solo & Trio with featured players Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums.

Russ has a new radio show, The Jazz Deli with Russ Kassoff broadcasts and streams live every Saturday from 10am to Noon. Just go to WFDU.FM and click on “Listen to HD2”. You will be given a player to hear the program instantly. The show features recordings, with no more than 2 degrees of separation, involving Russ’s eclectic and grateful career in many facets of music and show business. Stories abound! “Our tongue sandwiches speak for themselves!” 

“You are the best.” - Frank Sinatra, '87 

Hear Russ Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores 
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 

Stop in during our weekly Game Socials to play multi-player co-op, strategy, and party games. The first session is structured as a game demo so you can learn the basics. In the weeks following, join the social to develop strategy and skill.

Tuesdays: Forbidden Island and Shadows Over Camelot
Wednesdays: Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne
Fridays: Wits & Wagers and King of Tokyo

 

Bryant Park Presents
Shakespeare

As You Like It
July 21 - 23
Bryant Park Stage (3 performances)
Thursday, 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 7pm
with music by Natalie Smith

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment. In addition, the anniversaries of William Shakespeare’s birth (452nd) and death (400th) are honored with a daylong celebration.

 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Learn the basics of fly fishing for free!

Join expert instructors from Orvis for lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Equipment provided. For more information, check out this Fly Fishing post on the Bryant Park blog.

Class spaces are first come, first served. To register, visit orvis.com/newyorkcity and click the blue and gold "Join Us" banner. Class meets at the Orvis store on Fifth Avenue across from Bryant Park, then walks over together

Saturdays
April 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18
July 9, 16, 23

 

Experience the joy of movement and dance.

Free classes are led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company, Limon Dance

Open to all levels and ages.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

It’s time to think BIG! Think RED! Think DOG! Clifford’s back with enough stories, fun, and games to make up a pawfect day. 

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

Flaubert Frog and Cali Co Cat presents stories, songs and poems from the celebrated book Free to Be: You and Me

In case of rain, Flaubert Frog and Friends will be canceled.

 

Bryant Park Presents
Shakespeare

As You Like It
July 21 - 23
Bryant Park Stage (3 performances)
Thursday, 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 7pm
with music by Natalie Smith

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment. In addition, the anniversaries of William Shakespeare’s birth (452nd) and death (400th) are honored with a daylong celebration.

 

2016 Events Brochures

Bryant Park Presents

Bryant Park Presents

Immersive and adventurous dance, theater, and music experiences, these free events are easy to access with no lines and no tickets.

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Southwest Porch

Southwest Porch

Located near the southern end of the Fountain Terrace, Southwest Porch offers all visitors the perfect spot to relax and recharge.

Sip, smile, stay for a while
Petanque

Pétanque

Pétanque is a French game of "boules" played in the park. Try your hand after a free lesson from La Boule New Yorkaise.

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