For over thirty years Music for Montauk has hosted world renowned classical performers for their outdoor music concerts. Now under the direction of Lilah Gosman, a Montauk native and vocalist who has performed at the Kennedy Center and Avery Fisher Hall, among many other venues, and her husband, Milos Repicky, a conductor and pianist at the Metropolitan Opera and also on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.“My wife Lilah Gosman and I took over the operation two years ago,” Miloš Repicky said. “At that time Lilah and I were approached by Music for Montauk founder Bill Akin, and he said, “If the two of you would like to carry this well-loved tradition forward it’s all yours; otherwise were going to have to close the books.”
Cuban roots band Funky Guajiros, featuring vocals, guitar and percussion, will start things off on August 16th at Solé East Garden. “We’ve been trying to broaden the experience of our concerts embracing a younger demographic, while continuing to provide the level of performance quality for those who have been long time supporters.” Mr. Repicky explained. Tickets for this event are $20, while the rest of the Music for Montauk concerts are free, and open to all ages.
A new venue to the festival this year is Fort Pond House. The program, Songs by the Pond, features harp, voice and strings, and is inspired by Shakespeare. “The main point of the summer music series is to celebrate the outdoor spaces in Montauk, our parks and community spaces. So, we’re always scouting, looking for beautiful settings for our concerts.” Mr. Repicky said.
Taking place under the ‘Big Tent’ that is set up every year at Third House/Montauk County Park, is a chamber orchestra performing Appalachian Spring, and Rodeo, by legendary composer Aaron Copland. “This year the event will be rodeo-themed, which is going to be a lot of fun, so we’re going to make the space festive in that regard.” Mr. Repicky explained. “The performances at Third House are very family friendly; spreading out a blanket and listening to music as the sun sets. That’s what summer is all about.” Mr. Repicky said enthusiastically.
On August 22nd, as the sunlight shifts, and summer begins to wind down, Music for Montauk presents its final concert at Third House, Schubert’s String Quintet, with a special guest appearance by cellist Fred Zlotkin. All of the performances for this year’s Music for Montauk will start at either 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. and will last for about an hour. musicformontauk.com
For information about the Music for Montauk concerts visit: www.musicformontauk.org