Celebrate NYBG's Anniversary with al Fresco Concerts
There's no better way to celebrate 125 years of NYBG and spend a summer evening in NYC than at these lively performances on the Conservatory Lawn. Start your night by making a reservation for a pre-concert meal at Hudson Garden Grill, then enjoy an evening viewing of Impressionism: American Gardens On Canvas. Bring your picnic blanket to take in each show with a complimentary "Fresh-Picked from the Garden" cocktail from Hangar One Vodka and refreshments for purchase from the 1891 Alehouse.
See the evening's event schedule | Learn about featured Hangar 1 cocktails
Generous support provided by Vivian and Edward Merrin
NYBG is proud to partner with Hangar 1® Vodka, sponsor of the "Fresh-Picked from the Garden" featured cocktail at NYBG/125 Evenings.
Specialty Cocktails by Hangar 1®
Hangar 1 Vodka was born in Northern California, inspired by the abundance of local farms and fresh ingredients. Our home is a re-purposed WWII airplane hangar in Alameda, California, which proudly serves as our hub of innovation. It is close to the local markets and fresh-from-the-farm California ingredients that inspire us, day after day.
Our Straight vodka is a special blend of distilled grain and California wine grapes, and our flavored varieties are made using only natural flavors and a painstaking, unique infusion process led by our head distiller and innovator-in-chief, Caley Shoemaker. Caley experiments on small batches of new seasonal produce, herbs, and spices sourced from her regular visits to the local farmers markets, using this bounty to turn it into fresh, innovative vodka.
"Fresh-Picked from the Garden" Cocktail Recipes from Hangar 1
World MasterCard & Young Garden Circle Lounge
Celebrate the New York Botanical Garden's 125th anniversary in VIP style this summer with exclusive access to the World MasterCard & YGC Lounge for two different NYBG/125 Evenings. Located in the Perennial Garden, this comfortable spot is the perfect place to enjoy a night of music under the stars with complimentary seasonal snacks, specialty cocktails created by mixologists from Hangar 1®, and samples of Truly Spiked & Sparkling Water - a new clean, crisp and refreshing spiked sparkling water, plus Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner and Grapefruit Shandy.
Young Garden Circle Members can attend this and many other YGC events throughout the year for free! Reserve your ticket, join YGC, or purchase exclusively with your MasterCard below.
Glimmerglass Evening Performance
Thursday, May 26
Join us for a sneak peek of the 2016 Glimmerglass Festival, which offers romance, revenge, comedy and tragedy, plus a wide range of musical and visual styles. Glimmerglass Young Artists will present excerpts that include Puccini's beloved La bohème; Sondheim's musical thriller, Sweeney Todd; Rossini's dark comedy, The Thieving Magpie; and Robert Ward's Pulitzer Prize-winning setting of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. glimmerglass.org
Doors open; 1891 Alehouse and Plaza Bar available for refreshments (one specialty cocktail included with admission ticket; cash bar).
Evening viewing of Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory; NYBG Shop open
Concert on Conservatory Lawn
Father's Day Weekend with Ernesto Villalobos & Gizel Xanath
Saturday, June 18
Ernesto Villalobos and Gizel Xanath perform with the Mariachi All-Stars to bring to life Linda Ronstadt's Canciones de mi Padre (Songs of My Father). The talented and colorfully costumed dancers of Mazarte Dance Company join the performance, and will be sure to get the crowd on their feet!
An emblematic figure in New York City's music scene, composer and multi-instrumentalist Ernesto Villalobos is at the center of an artistic powerhouse built around his family's band, the Villalobos Brothers. Last year, Ernesto and the Villalobos Brothers took their music to new heights with an artistic residency at The New York Botanical Garden for the blockbuster exhibit FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life. Previous engagements have included the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museums, Carnegie Hall, the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, the Latin Grammys, Lincoln Center, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Tel Aviv Opera House, and the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Mr. Villalobos came to New York on a Fulbright scholarship at age 18, after receiving the highest honor in his native Mexico, the National Arts Award. villalobosbrothers.com
Born in Mexicali in Baja, California, and considered one of the most versatile Mexican sopranos, Gizel Xanath performs regularly throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her diverse repertoire and magical voice transport listeners to the heart of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Russia, and the streets of Paris. She has recorded three solo albums: Cartas de Amor (1998), Passion Tango (2009), and Piensa en mi (2010), as well as many collaborations with world-renowned artists. gizelxanath.com
& His Dreamland Orchestra
with Special Guest Terry Waldo
Thursday, July 28
Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra are the world's premier Jazz-Age dance orchestra, steeped in the hot-dance band tradition of the 1920s and early 1930s. Their size ranges from a full dance orchestra to smaller incarnations. They play their "Hot-and-Sweet" music anywhere that fine and eclectic tastes meet. The Dreamland Orchestra's mission is to mine the forgotten yet vital beauty of the past and bring it into the light of today—to be danced and romanced to by a new generation of flappers and sheiks. dreamlandorchestra.com
Terry Waldo is considered one of America's premier performers and presenters of Ragtime and Early Jazz. Known for his virtuoso ragtime and stride piano playing, charming vocals, and disarming wit, he is the protégé‚ of the legendary Eubie Blake, who called Waldo "an extension of my own musical self." Waldo has played countless New York jazz clubs and has appeared in concerts worldwide, including the Grand Parade du Jazz in Venice, George Wein's JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall and Jazz At Lincoln Center and he performed the world premier of "The Eubie Blake Concerto" with the New York Pops. His wide ranging talents were showcased in his one-man shows, Eubie and Me and The Naked Dance: The Music of Storyville as well as Shake That Thing! and Waldo's 1927 Revue.
Brooklyn-born Roddy Caravella has been involved in teaching and performing social jazz dances for the past 20 years. Trained under world-renowned dance greats as Frankie Manning and Sandra Cameron, Roddy is a choreographer who specializes in many of the early jazz dances. He has a reputation for styling his dances and their presentation with detailed historical authenticity and with meticulous attention to authentic period attire.
Saturday, August 13
The renegade traditionalists of Mipso play with the conventions of old-style Americana. On their three albums—most recently 2015's Old Time Reverie—the North Carolina four-piece pulls from bluegrass, folk, country, pop, old-time, jazz, and other influences to concoct a sound that's all their own. mipsomusic.com
The Manzari Brothers and DIVA's FIVE PLAY: An evening of Tap and Jazz
Thursday, June 23
DIVA's FIVE PLAY—sister group to the celebrated Diva Jazz Orchestra—has performed at prestigious venues throughout the U.S., including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, as well as major festivals in Israel, Japan, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal. Their debut recording, On the Brink (Arbors Records), was voted #1 by Nat Hentoff in Jazz Times, and their follow-up release, Five Play Plus (Arbors Records), was voted a Top 10 CD by Coda Magazine. divajazz.com
John and Leo Manzari are Helen Hayes Award- and Ovation Award-nominated tap dancers. They most recently starred in Tappin' Thru Life, a musical celebrating the showmanship of their mentor Maurice Hines, one of the last great tap dancers of a bygone era still working today. The brothers have performed at Off-Broadway's New World Stages, The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Theater, The Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, and Arena Stage. The duo has appeared on the PBS special, Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room and FOX's So You Think You Can Dance. manzaribrothers.com
Dance Performance Party: From the Hustle to Hip-Hop with Mobile Mondays!
Saturday, July 16
Move to the true vibe and soul of New York City. Joey Carvello & DJ Misbehaviour spin strictly old-school vinyl to get the party started as the Mobile Mondays! Dance Crew led by Karen NG takes you through the evolution of music and moves. Then get up out of your seats to learn Jeff Selby's "New Style Hustle" so you too can hustle the night away!
Mobile Mondays!, a weekly event and community founded by Operator Emz, keeps real music alive as NYC's premiere 45s vinyl night. Curated by talented and legendary DJs, MM! has been voted one of the "Best Things to Do in NYC" by TimeOut New York, and has appeared as part of Summer Stage and Midsummer Night's Swing at Lincoln Center. mobilemondaysnyc.com
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Thursday, August 25
Listen to some of the best tunes from the Jazz Age, performed by one of New York's renowned jazz bands, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. The Nighthawks, a big band right out of the 1920s, and its charismatic leader Vince Giordano hold a special place in the jazz world. Giordano's unique expertise and extensive personal collection of original scores and jazz memorabilia guarantee an authenticity to his music, which all can enjoy on a summer evening under the stars.
Grammy-winner, New York native, and multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano has played in New York nightclubs; appeared in films such as The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester, and HBO's Boardwalk Empire; and for concerts at the Town Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the Newport Jazz Festival and the 92nd St Y for the past three decades. Giordano's passion for music from the 1920s & '30s, and the people that made it, began at a young age. Giordano sought out and studied with important survivors from the period—Whiteman's hot arranger Bill Challis and drummer Chauncey Morehouse, as well as bassist Joe Tarto. Giordano's passion, commitment to authenticity, and knowledge led him to create a sensational band of like-minded players, the Nighthawks. For over 40 years, Vince Giordano has sustained a wonderful genre of American music that continues to spread the joy and pathos of an era that shaped our nation. Watch the trailer to their new documentary, There's a Future in the Past. vincegiordano.com