Art, Astoria, Long Island City, Music
Jun 16, 2014

Socrates Sculpture Park’s 10th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration is Saturday

If you can believe it, the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, is just a handful of days away on Saturday. One of the highlights of Solstice in Astoria/LIC is (…)

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Scene from the Summer Solstice celebration at Socrates, 2010

If you can believe it, the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, is just a handful of days away on Saturday. One of the highlights of Solstice in Astoria/LIC is the Summer Solstice celebration at Socrates Sculpture Park. There’s always art to participate in and look at, lots of green space on which to have a picnic, a Solstice ritual, not to mention great views across the East River. It’s an overwhelmingly excellent event!

This year the creative art-making is produced in partnership with Free Style Arts Association, Materials for the Arts, The Noguchi Museum, and the Queens Museum. Face painting will be done by Agostino Arts. And the aforementioned Solstice ritual will be performed by Urban Shaman Mama Donna.

You’ll also get to enjoy free public sound performances. More:

For this season’s Solstice celebration, Norte Maar presents an evening of site-specific sound performances encompassing the entire park. Noted sound artists will create unique sound platforms through traditional instrumentation, amplification of objects, juxtaposition of voices, and experimental electronic sound. Among the featured performers are Tristan Perch; the trio of Lesley Flanigan, Maria Chavez, and MV Carbon; Audra Wolowiec; and a special performance of David Tudor’s Rainforest I by Composers Inside Electronics. Additional performers will include Andrew Hurst and Shona Masarin, with others to be announced.

The Solstice Celebration takes place at Socrates from 5 p.m. to dusk. See you there!

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About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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