Cocktail Evenings
and Summer Concerts

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June 27, July 18, and August 15 | 6–9 p.m.

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Sip a botanically inspired cocktail, and experience an evening viewing of Wild Medicine. Then enjoy a concert featuring festive music from 7–8 p.m.

Adults: Non-Member $30/Member $20 (includes one complimentary specialty cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage for adults 21 and over); advance tickets recommended.

Have a MasterCard? Start the evening off with a champagne pre-party at Shop in the Garden each night from 5 to 6 p.m. Learn more

Generous support for the Summer Concert Series is provided by Vivian and Edward Merrin.

More about Cocktail Evenings and Summer Concerts:

Live music featuring Italian jazz and classical music sets the mood to make Cocktail Evenings and Summer Concerts one of New York City's most romantic date destinations or a perfect summer outing with friends and family. Your ticket includes a complimentary cocktail and special dinner offers at our restaurant partners on Little Italy’s Arthur Avenue and beyond.

The evenings feature a pavilion tent with seating for all attendees to enjoy the performance, rain or shine. Bring your own blankets and picnic dinner to enjoy outside on the Conservatory Lawn before the concert. Picnic dinners, beer, wine, and other refreshments will also be available for purchase. Note: Due to audience seating in the pavilion tent, there will only be a limited grass area available for picnicking during the concert.


June 27: A Brief History of Italian Music in Jazz with Simona Premazzi featuring vocalist Irene Jalenti

Simona Premazzi, keyboard
Irene Jalenti, vocals
Marco Panascia, bass
Shinnosuke Takahashi, drums

Take part in a deep and fascinating journey through Italian music. Premazzi and her ensemble perform standards by Italian- American composers, all presented to you with a jazz flavor. Sit back and enjoy beautiful songs from the Neapolitan and Roman tradition as well as compositions by the most interesting Italian songwriters.

July 18: Marco Pignataro Quartet presents "Italia in Jazz"

"Italia in Jazz" is a tribute to timeless Italian standards and original music, directed by saxophonist and composer Marco Pignataro. He brings together some of the most influential jazz musicians from the New York scene: Sicilian pianist/singer Daniela Shächter, Rogério Boccato on drums/percussion, and Jay Henderson on acoustic bass. "Italia in Jazz" includes creative arrangements of old Neapolitan songs, famous arias, and more contemporary compositions in a soulful and engaging modern jazz style. The group also features beautiful, original compositions from Pignataro's critically acclaimed CD "Sofia's Heart;" inspired by Italy and his hometown, he wrote the popular songs "Homesick" and "Bologna d'Inverno" (Bologna in Winter).

Marco Pignataro is a multitalented saxophone player, composer, and educator from Bologna, Italy. He maintains a very active international schedule of concerts, recordings, and clinics and has shared stages with artists such as Eddie Gomez, JoAnne Brackeen, Danilo Pérez, Billy Hart, Jon Faddis, John Patitucci, Ben Street, and George Garzone, among many others. Together with Danilo Pérez, Pignataro currently leads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), the premier jazz center of musical creativity at Berklee College of Music in Boston. His latest CD, "Sofia's Heart," was produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez and recorded with a stellar group, including Gomez and Billy Drummond. Also a member of the Eddie Gomez Quintet, Pignataro's compositions and playing is featured on the quintet's recently released CD, "Per Sempre" for BFM Jazz.

August 15: Michéal Castaldo, Italian Tenor, Songwriter, and Producer

Michéal Castaldo performs selected songs from his various classic Italian recordings live with a string quartet. A spectacular performer, he takes music to the highest of heights. His stage presence is enormous and he performs with majesty and grace. Listening to Castaldo, one feels transported, as if on an exotic journey to his beloved homeland—Italy. As a bonus, he is an olive oil connoisseur and will host an olive oil tasting.

Castaldo won the Indie Award in 2011 and his star has risen ever since. He has performed at Citi Field, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. His most recent CD, "Olive You," reached#1 on Amazon. He recently performed at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, opening for celebrated film, TV, and Broadway star Tony Lo Bianco. He appeared live on the Red Carpet at the 2012 Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue, televised on WABC-TV from NYC. He currently has more than 240,000 views on YouTube. His 6th CD, "Bergamot," just released this summer, has charted at #1 on He is also working on his own PBS special, airing in 2014.

Specialty Cocktails:

Botanically inspired cocktails are provided by Crème Yvette.

Crème Yvette is an all-natural blend of four berry fruits—mûre, framboise, cassis, and fraise sauvage— blended with dried violet petals from Provence. Only the finest fruits and violets are selected for the Crème Yvette infusion.

June 27
A perfect fruity, herbal, botanical blend for a summer evening with friends made with gin, Crème Yvette and paired with ginger, cucumber, lime and mint.

Did you know? Mint not only stimulates your taste buds but it is also known to relieve headaches, help with digestion, and calm your tired nerves.

July 18
Experience the rich berry fruit taste of Crème Yvette and tart lime juice paired with the smoky character of tequila or mezcal for a smooth, refreshing treat.

Did you know? Black currant is an antioxidant powerhouse that combats sore throats, bacterial infections, and wards off the common cold.

August 15
A surprising pairing of bourbon, Crème Yvette and a touch of bubbly ginger ale and lime resulting in a light, yet bold taste.

Did you know? Ginger aids digestion, soothes the stomach, relaxes muscles, and can even alleviate arthritic aches and pains.

Learn more about the medicinal properties of other plants featured in the exhibition at

Taste of Little Italy:

Enjoy samples from:

Mike's Deli

Mike's Deli, located in the heart of Little Italy here in the Bronx, offers Italian specialties made from products straight from Sicily including caponata crostini, orange-infused oil for dipping, and more!

The Bronx Beer Hall

Teaming up with David Greco of Mike's Deli, the Bronx Beer Hall offers samples from their collection of Jonas Bronck's Beer Company's original craft beers which are brewed right here in the Bronx.

Restaurant Partner Offers:

More offers coming soon!

Ann and Tony's

2407 Arthur Avenue
Offer: 10% off your check with your same day Wild Medicine ticket
Restrictions: Not available with any other discounts, coupons, or gift certificates

Antonio's Trattoria

2370 Belmont Avenue, Bronx, N.Y.
Offer: Diner will receive 10% off check
Restrictions/Details: Offer valid through September 7.

Bistro Rollin

142 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, N.Y.
Offer: 20% discount off any meal
Restrictions: Discount does not include alcohol and is only valid with a Wild Medicine ticket. Tip should be calculated on check before the discount.

Le Perigord

405 East 52nd Street, New York, N.Y.
Offer: 20% off your bill


Public programming during Wild Medicine is made possible with support from the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc., and the New York Council for the Humanities.