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Garden Sets: Musical Performances at NYBG

Join us for short musical sets, centered in some of the Garden’s most stunning locations. Enjoy inspiring performances, paired with the beauty of NYBG in summer.

From the Native Plant Garden:
Harold O'Neal

Recorded for Make Music New York 2020, O’Neal performs a mix of improvisations as well as variations on Imagine by John Lennon surrounded by water, trees, grasses, and wildflowers native to our area.

From the Home Gardening Center: Doreen Montalvo

Updated 10/18/20: The New York Botanical Garden acknowledges with great sadness the passing of Broadway musical actor Doreen Montalvo. We invite you to remember her talent and celebrate her life and career with this special Garden Set recorded at NYBG on September 28 to commemorate Fiesta de Flores.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Doreen Montalvo plays selections from her album American Soul/Latin Heart against the lush backdrop of the Home Gardening Center.

From the Wetland Trail: Endless Field and Meera Dasgupta

As part of Climate Week NYC, NYBG’s second annual Climate Change Arts Exchange goes virtual with video by the acclaimed Biophilia Records duo, Endless Field, and the 2020 National Youth Poet Laureate, Meera Dasgupta.

From the Edible Academy:
Ali Dineen

This three-song set, filmed on a perfect summer day at the Edible Academy, is the ideal introduction to a stirring new voice on the American music scene.

From the Stone Mill: Judith Insell and the JOTB Collective

Violist Judith Insell and her ensemble of piano, trumpet, and percussion weave improvisations on jazz standards and spontaneous works inspired by the sounds of nature.

From the Haupt Conservatory: Amanda Gookin, Leila Adu, & Jessica Meyer

Surrounded by orchids, GRAMMY-nominated cellist Amanda Gookin performs classical selections intercut with interviews by acclaimed contemporary female composers Leila Adu and Jessica Meyer.

From the Haput Conservatory plaza: The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

Renowned dancer and choreographer Arthur Avilés and co-founder Charles Rice-Gonzalez of BAAD! present Alone Together, a dance by Arthur Aviles and performers Alethea Pace and Richard Rivera with music by Retumba, a moving performance that honors the resilience of the human spirit.

From the Conservatory Courtyard: Anthony McGill and Nancy Allen

Two stars from the New York Philharmonic, principal clarinetist Anthony McGill and principal harpist Nancy Allen, performed surrounded by brilliant water lilies and lotuses at their peak.

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Harold O'Neal

Inspired by the sights and sounds of nature, Jazz pianist Harold O’Neal‘s music invites us to connect with our emotions and work to create the beauty we imagine in the world.

Harold O'Neal wearing a black and blue plaid suit jacket and a purple patterned scarf while playing piano

Ali Dineen

Lin Manuel Miranda said, “If I’m alone on [an] island, I’d pick Ali Dineen because it would give me hope.” Indeed, Dineen’s songs, rooted in American folk, speak to our moment perfectly. Her lyrics highlight the intersections between personal experience, larger histories, and systems of power.

A headshot of Ali Dineen holding a guitar by the headstock and looking off to the side.

Garden Set: Alone Together
The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

Co-founded in 1998 in Hunts Point’s historic Banknote Building by award-winning dancer/choreographer Arthur Avilés and writer/activist/publicist Charles Rice-Gonzalez, BAAD! (The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance) began as a home for Arthur Avilés Typical Theatre, a contemporary dance company that explores works on the margins of Latinx and queer cultures.

Photo of three dancers posted from BAAD