Live Music-and-Art Events at Vanderbilt Estate

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Musician-Producer Rich Rivkin Plans Three More Live Music-and-Art Events at Vanderbilt Estate
 Inaugural Museum-Benefit Event in June Drew More than 900 People
CENTERPORT, NY (July 11, 2012) –Musician and producer Rich Rivkin, who presented the highly successful Long Island Sound & Art Festival — more than 900 attended — on June 24 at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, has planned three more live music-and art-events this summer. All events benefit the Vanderbilt Museum’s education programs.

Li Sound Arts Festival

Vanderbilt Museum photos 

The Long Island Sound & Art Festival, held June 24 at the Vanderbilt Estate

 The next event in the Summer Arts Series is the Live-Art Jazz-Fusion Festival, on Sunday, July 29, from 1:00 to 6:00, at the Vanderbilt Estate, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY. Forty artists will be speed-painting to live jazz-fusion bands, on the Great Lawn next to the Vanderbilt Mansion. Admission is $7.00. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair. All events are weather permitting.

 Lance Reinheimer, executive director of the Vanderbilt, said “The June festival was a big success. Visitors enjoyed spending a beautiful summer afternoon on the Vanderbilt grounds, picnicking under the trees, watching the artists paint and listening to good music — with the spectacular backdrop of Northport Bay.”

Painting Marine Museum
Painting the
Vanderbilt Marine Museum

 Artists are welcome to participate in each event. Details are available online at For more information on all events, contact Rich Rivkin at 631-261-2941, or Visit


Sunday, August 12 – Live Art Drum & Dance


Thirty artists will be speed-painting, inspired by a drum circle of 30 hand-drummers and dancers. All are welcome to join the musicians. Admission: $7.00. Bring a chair.Visit



Sunday, September 9 – Grateful Fest, 12:00-7:00

A full day of live music and live painting, featuring six tribute bands performing the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, along with 40 artists speed-painting to the music. Visit Weather permitting. Admission: $7.00. Bring a chair.

 Rivkin says, “Each week, I see the magic that’s created when we gather together a large number of artists with high-energy musicians. Live painting in this charged atmosphere becomes an exciting entertainment genre, and makes for a uniquely cool vibe. Fans move to the groove, while watching amazing works of art come to life before their eyes.”

Rivkin has been producing live music events and festivals since 2000, including the ongoing indoor Live Art Fusion (, every Wednesday night at 841 East Lounge in Huntington. Each week, more than a dozen artists speed-paint to the music of a different jazz-funk band. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to bring four expanded mega-versions of this event to the Vanderbilt and to Heckscher Park and Northport Village Park this summer, in the form of Live Art Fusion Festival,” he said.


 Summer Hours through Labor Day

The mansion, marine museum, natural-history exhibits and grounds are open Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. (The last mansion tour begins each day at 4 p.m.) Closed Mondays.

 Living History Tours

These tours — featuring cast members in costume and in character as mansion staff and famous Vanderbilt family guests during the summer of 1938 — are given at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Tour tickets are $5.00 per person, in addition to the general-admission fee.


General museum admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students with ID and seniors (62 and older), and $3 for children 12 and under. General admission includes estate-grounds access to marine museum, Memorial Wing natural-history and ethnographic-artifact galleries, Nursery Wing, Egyptian mummy and Stoll Wing animal-habitat dioramas. For a mansion tour, add $5 per ticket. (A video tour of the mansion is available on request.)

 Planetarium Modernization

The Vanderbilt Planetarium is undergoing major modernization and a complete technological update and will reopen in October 2012.In addition to new seating and carpeting and other building enhancements, the project will include the installation of a state-of-the-art Konica Minolta Infinium star projector with full-dome video and surround sound systems, and a new ticketing and reservation system. With these improvements, the new facility will be one of the finest planetariums in the United States.

 Location and Website

The Vanderbilt Museum is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY. Directions and updated details on programs and events are available at For information, call 631-854-5579.

 The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum

The Vanderbilt — a unique combination of mansion, marine and natural history museum, planetarium and park — is dedicated to the education and enjoyment of the people of Long Island and beyond. This mission is achieved through the thoughtful preservation, interpretation and enhancement of the Eagle’s Nest estate as an informal educational facility. Exhibition and program themes focus upon Long Island’s Gold Coast Era and build upon William K. Vanderbilt II’s desire that his marine, natural-history and ethnographic-artifact collections promote appreciation and understanding of the marvelous diversity of life, other cultures and scientific knowledge.

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