See 50 Cellists Perform on a Hillside on Governors Island

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50 cellists will perform on a hillside by Fort Jay on Governors Island this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)


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If you’ve been spending the summer huddling by your air conditioner, watching True Detective despite the fact that we all know it’s not what it once was, well, this is your day to get out. Grab your keys, get some bottled water, and hop on the ferry to Governors Island. There, you’ll find “50 Cellos: Sonic Perspectives” being performed on a hillside by Fort Jay. The piece, written by Matthew Robinson and Serena Jost, allows visitors the freedom to wander amidst the cellos while enjoying their exquisite sounds. There will also be a photo and video installation component to the piece, and, if all of that gets boring, you can wander the scenic island, which, in itself, will at least yield some pretty good Instagram shots. Governors Island, Fort Jay, 3-4 p.m., free

SUNDAY July 26

They say that New York is a great place to be very rich, or a great place to be very poor. Or, at least, they used to say that? Today it’s mostly just a great place to be very rich. But every once and a while something happens that makes you realize, “I could probably not get access to this in any other city, and here I am accessing it completely free!” Like the Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert series. Tonight they’re featuring Judy Collins. She’ll be performing songs from her upcoming album Strangers Again, which includes interpretations of songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, Randy Newman and James Taylor. You can also expect some special guests like Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Don McLean, Jeff Bridges, Glen Hansard and Willie Nelson. Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, 7 p.m., free

See 50 Cellists Perform on a Hillside on Governors Island