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Summer Concert Series:
Old, New, & Blue:
A Celebration of Gershwin’s Rhapsody

July 27, 2018

George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a groundbreaking work that defined the melting pot of Jazz Age America, is given a new identity in this specially commissioned arrangement featuring the Catskill Jazz Factory Collective, a multicultural all-star ensemble, led by top trumpeter Dominick Farinacci.

Farinacci’s ensemble features modern jazz masters from Venezuela, Japan, Brazil, France, Afghanistan, and America, embodying a contemporary reflection of today’s America through the lens of George Gershwin’s American classic. Old, New, & Blue presents a night of modern interpretations of traditional American jazz, pop, and rock standards, culminating in the centerpiece of the program, the specially commissioned world premiere tribute performance of Gershwin’s masterful Rhapsody in Blue.

“A trumpeter of abundant poise.” – The New York Times

Evening Schedule

5 p.m. | Doors Open
Until 7 p.m. | LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery open to view Georgia O’Keeffe’s Works
7–8:30 p.m. | Concert
Until 10:30 p.m. | Haupt Conservatory open for viewing of Hawai‘i exhibition

NYBG Shop open until 9 p.m.

Ticket Information

Non-Member $48 / Member $43
Early Bird Rate through March 30: Non-Member $119 / Member $106
Summer Concert Series pass including all three concerts: Non-Member $129 / Member $114

Advance purchase recommended. Events are rain or shine.


Includes Corporate and Patrons


  1. Dominick Farinacci is set to release his Mack Avenue Records debut, Short Stories—a compelling suite of music with a repertoire that spans genres and generations united by the trumpeter/composer’s soulful comception. Bringing together songs from Tom Waits, Horace Silver, Dianne Reeves and the Gipsy Kings as well as original compositions, Farinacci has managed to create his own musical universe, aided by musicians of the highest caliber. A short glance at the artists that he and producer Tommy Lipuma involved speaks for itself: Christian McBride, Steve Gadd, Larry Goldings, Jacob Collier, Jamey Haddad and Gil Goldstein, for starters.

    Farinacci had already achieved enough stature by his mid-teens that Wynton Marsalis offered to help him set his sights on coming to New York, and by 2001, Farinacci was one of only four trumpeters in the world to be selected as the inaugural students in The Juilliard School’s first jazz curriculum. During his school years and afterwards, Farinacci immediately distinguished himself as a soloist/bandleader/composer with a vision.

    Soon thereafter, Farinacci was named the first Global Ambassador for Jazz at Lincoln Center and traveled to Qatar, where his world expanded beyond his wildest dreams. Throughout the two years that Farinacci spent there, he broadened his activities to include dozens of different projects, where the goal was, through his music and outreach activities, to unite communities and overcome barriers of every sort: nationality, religion, musical taste, as well as economic and educational statuses in Qatar and Abu Dhabi. Out of this experience, Farinacci was inspired to write “Doha Blues.”

    Due to his accomplishments in music and wellness, Farinacci was invited to do a Ted Talk in Washington, D.C. and has been invited to perform by the Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Development Company on numerous occasions. Community based campaigns Farinacci has developed and led include a partnership with the U.S. Marines to help children of Hurricane Sandy, a music project working to bring together the jazz and gospel communities in Cleveland (Spirit of the Groove), a fundraiser to benefit victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami and a interdisciplinary visiting artist series bringing national jazz artists into various academic settings.

  2. Dominick Farinacci, bandleader / trumpet
    Braxton Cook, alto sax
    Shenel Johns, vocals
    Orlando Watson, spoken word
    Linda Briceño, trumpet / vocals
    Christian Tamburr, vibes
    Julien Labro, accordion
    Diego Figueiredo, guitar
    Taber Gable, piano
    Jonathan Michel, bass
    Jerome Jennings, drums
    Mathias Kunzli, percussion

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