Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Bargemusic has a full schedule this weekend, starting with a “here and now” concert Friday evening, July 18 starting at 8:00, featuring works by Pierre Boulez, Ronald Stevenson, and Essa-Pekka Salonen–two of whom, Boulez and Salonen, are prehaps better known as conductors than as composers; Stevenson is also known as a performer and writer–played on piano by Philip Edward Fisher. On Saturday evening, July 19 at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon, July 20 at 4:00 there are “Masterworks” concerts featuring two of music’s “Killer B’s,” Beethoven and Bach. (Who are the others? I can think of Brahms, Bruckner, Bizet, Boulez, Bernstein, Nadia Boulanger, Bessie Smith, Benny Goodman, the Beatles, and James Brown. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments.) The Saturday evening concert is the first of two presenting Beethoven’s complete variations and bagatelles, played on piano by Steven Beck (Another “Killer B” in the making?). On Sunday afternoon, cellist Jeffrey Solow will perform the first of two concerts presenting the six solo cello suites by Bach, with commentaries. There’s more information and buy tickets here. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

There’s a lot going on at Brookyn Bridge Park this weekend. On Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. there will be a volleyball tournament at the Pier 6 courts. Starting at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, at Pier 1’s Harbor View Lawn, Gibney Dance Company’s Danté Brown (photo; not the child actor) will present a free “Class in the Grass”; there’s more information here. On Sunday starting at 10:00 a.m. on the Pier 2 play turf there will be a Family Field Day. On Sunday afternoon starting at 2:00, at the Granite Prospect on Pier 1, some great stand-up comedians will provide Laughter in the Park. We presume Smorgasburg will be back on the Pier 5 uplands on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; we know that you may take a free guided park tour by going to the Pier 1 entrance near the foot of Old Fulton Street at 11:00 a.m. Sunday.

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