The Fourth Annual Rites of Spring Music Festival kicked off in late April, and goes into full gear this month, with innovative performances in unique spaces throughout the East End. 

“I am delighted to present the fourth edition of Rites of Spring Music Festival,” said the festival’s founder and artistic director, Paolo Bartolani. “It is focused on bringing new and thrilling music programs to the East End of Long Island.”

On Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m., the festival will present a new opera based on Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll’s House” at the Jamesport Meeting House. 

Fascinated by the possibility of symbolizing societal pressures through music, rising star composer Grace Oberhofer has recently developed a new opera based on Henrik Ibsen’s revolutionary play.

Trapping her female heroine within an ornamental musical web, Ms. Oberhofer uses opera as a revolutionary act to highlight the caustic gender norms that pervade our society. This production will also feature unnerving marionette-inspired choreography by contemporary dancer Sarah Crane and radically surreal staging by Allison Benko.

On Saturday, May 18 at 5 p.m., the festival continues with “Latin American Art Songs”  with soprano Nell Snaidas, guitarist Francicco Roldan and percussionist Danny Mallon at Castello di Borghese Vineyards in Cutchogue.

On Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m., the festival will present Stockhausen’s Tierkreis, a concert for woodwinds, percussion and electronics at the Ris Gallery in Jamesport with Cliff Baldwin and Dwight Frizzel.

On Saturday, June 8, the series continues with an innovative performance of “Liminal Highway,” a new piece by composer Christopher Cerrone, who will perform the work along with flutist Timothy Munro at 7 p.m. at Custer Observatory in Southold.

“In the course of a one hour performance, the performer will play flute, guitar, beer bottles and will sing,” according to the concert notes. “Christopher Cerrone conjures sonic environments. His magnetic music surrounds listeners, painting landscapes, bringing to the surface raw emotions…. “Liminal Highway”, written for Grammy-winning flutist Tim Munro, evokes the sensation of this moment. Layer upon layer of flute sounds shimmer, pulse and glow, creating a radiantly beautiful sonic mirage.

The festival concludes with a Viennese Lyrical Evening at Laurel Lake Vineyards at 7 p.m., with soprano Tammy Hensrud, flutist Ginevra Petrucci and Paolo Bartolani on piano.

Tickets for the concerts can be purchased online for $25, or $30 at the door. For additional information regarding the festival, email or visit

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

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