Local Huntington Resident Brings Prodigies, Pre-Professionals and Renowned Musicians Together at the Oyster Bay Music Festival
Lauren Ausubel, a Huntington resident, is co-director of the Oyster Bay Music Festival (OBMF) which features 35 highly gifted classical music students ages 12-24, hailing from communities throughout Long Island and greater New York. These extremely talented classical music students will spend their days coaching with expert faculty, rehearsing solo and chamber music, and performing non-stop in multiple venues throughout the charming hamlet of Oyster Bay. In addition, the festival will be featuring a concert and workshop by world-renowned guest artist SHUFFLE Concert. Ms. Ausubel, a flutist, along with her co-director Pippa Borisy (pianist) and former co-director Sarah Hoover created Oyster Bay Music Festival in 2012 to provide new ways of presenting this beautiful art form. Consistent with the festival’s goal of making classical music more accessible and available, all concerts are free to the public.
OBMF runs from July 23 through July 30, 2017 and has a jam-packed performance calendar in traditional and non-traditional settings such as Sagamore Hill, Christ Church, Teddy Roosevelt’s house of worship, Raynham Hall, the Historical Society, Oakcliff Sailing Center, Spinnakers restaurant, among others. “Our students will often perform two or three times a day, giving them an unparalleled opportunity to develop their performance skills” says Ms. Ausubel, “The level is extremely high this year, many of our students coming from top music institutions such as Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Yale School of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory.”
OBMF provides these accomplished music students with the chance to practice performing and engaging audiences, and provides the community with opportunities to experience beautiful music in intimate gatherings. The festival approaches concerts with a sense of whimsy and fun. Every concert is themed and there is often the unexpected. For example, Mozart Shipwrecked takes place in the boatyard at Building Lot J at the Western Waterfront and audiences will be surprised to find a six-foot Steinway set adjacent to the ongoing construction of a replica of the boat, the Ida May. The festival will also have a presence at Oyster Bay’s famed Cruise Night on Audrey Avenue on July 25, 2017 where Steinway & Sons will park a concert grand in front of 20th Century Cycles for Cruising to the Classical Beat. There’s something for every age at OBMF including young children who will be delighted to make and play instruments out of vegetable at the favorite family event Clarinets, Clavichords…Carrots and Cucumbers? at Raynham Hall Museum. This is a one of a kind simultaneous indoor salon-concert and outdoor vegetable orchestra workshop with Dale Stuckenbruck, who recently performed on the musical saw with the New York Philharmonic.
“Classical music has a long history of passion, breaking boundaries, and community engagement” says co-director Pippa Borisy, pianist and director of the Great Neck Music Conservatory. “There is no reason for a classical music concert to ever be boring. Our goal is to create an experience of live performance, rooted in the community of Oyster Bay, that is fun, enlightening, and full of surprises.”
Complete concert listings are available at http://www.oysterbaymusicfestival.org. All concerts are free and open to the public. Support is provided in part by Steinway & Sons, The Joel Foundation, and a Community Arts Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.