LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will host a series of classical music performances with Young Concert Artists, bringing superb soloists to the gardens for concerts on four Thursday evenings late this summer.

“Join us under the stars in our Edward Albee Amphitheater on cushions covered with Jack Lenor Larsen fabrics. Our evening together welcomes our community  to enjoy evening living with art in all forms, our mantra at LongHouse,” says LongHouse Director Carrie Rebora Barratt. “Our Amphitheater, surrounded by Ai Wei Wei’s Zodiac Heads inspires all to find ourselves in peace and harmony, to listen to beautiful music together.” 

Concerts will be held on Aug. 24 & 31 and on Sept. 7 & 14, 2023.

Young Concert Artists, based in Manhattan, invests in extraordinary young musicians, providing them with the support, clarity, and confidence to tell their stories, as well as with the tools, opportunities, and infrastructure to take their careers to the highest level.

“Our emerging artists possess extraordinary musical talents and are poised to ascend as future stars in classical music. Witnessing their initial steps on this journey is a delight for audiences,” says Young Concert Artists President Daniel Kellogg. “It is a pleasure to extend a warm invitation to our Hampton friends to hear these young musicians amidst the golden days of late summer for these outdoor dusk concerts.

The first concert, on Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m., is by acclaimed accordionist Hanzhi Wang, who breathes new life into classical masterpieces with the rarely-heard classical accordion. Her live performance is a revelation, showcasing the accordion’s agility and power in ways you wouldn’t expect. Her program will include works by Mozart, Scarlatti, Grieg, Piazzolla, and Martin Lohse.

The Aug. 31 concert, at 6 p.m., features a flute and harp duo performing works by Chopin, Piazzola, Ravel, Debussy, Rossini, and Rota. Anthony Trionfo is a remarkable flutist known for his charismatic presence, fiery interpretations, and lyrical tenderness. He’ll be joined by YCA alumna and Board member, harpist Karen Lindquist.

Accordionist Hanzhi Wang returns for the Sept. 7 concert, at 6 p.m., which features Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

The series concludes on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. with the violin duo of Lun Li and Risa Hokamura, who will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Ysaye, and Schnittke. Risa’s artistry embraces music with an unwavering intensity, infusing her performances with raw power, evocative drama, and a remarkable breadth of expression. In contrast, Lun’s virtuosity and meticulous finesse harmonize to conjure a tapestry of sound, where the essence of music intertwines with the essence of nature.

Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members. To purchase, visit  www.LongHouse.org.

East Hampton’s LongHouse Reserve is 16-acre integrated environment created by artist, collector and textile designer and weaver Jack Lenor Larsen (1927-2020) with a mission to inspire living with art in all forms. Over the past two years, LongHouse has transitioned from a founder-led to board and staff-led public institution, serving the community with open space and programs in art, nature, and wellness. The sculpture garden features more than 60 outdoor works—including permanent collection works by Yoan Capote, Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, Sui Jinguao, and Willem de Kooning, and seasonal loans from artists such as Wyatt Kahn, Maren Hassinger, and Ai Wei Wei.  As of this year, the garden is fully open to the public for education and enjoyment, with plans in the works to preserve and provide public access to Larsen’s home (a modernist structure based on the Shinto Shrine at Ise) and the extensive collections.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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