Summergarden: New Music for New York

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden
Sunday evenings, July 9, 16, 23, 30
Sculpture Garden opens at 7:00 p.m.; concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE

Summer Thursdays

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, and August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.; Museum stays open until 9:00 p.m.
FREE with Museum admission


The Museum of Modern Art announces its lineups of live music events in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden for summer 2017. The annual Summergarden: New Music for New York free concert series returns for four Sunday evenings beginning July 9. A tradition since 1971, Summergarden is part of the Museum’s long history of presenting contemporary classical music and jazz. The Museum once again welcomes the collaboration of its programming partners, The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Members of the New Juilliard Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Joel Sachs, perform on July 9 and 23, offering two distinctive programs of contemporary compositions that are receiving their New York premieres. Juilliard concerts are performed by members of the New Juilliard Ensemble, which, under the artistic direction of Joel Sachs, specializes in presenting new music in the most diverse styles from all over the world, and the Verona Quartet, which has just concluded a two-year residency at Juilliard. Jazz at Lincoln Center has selected two jazz groups whose concerts on July 16 (Marquis Hill Project) and July 30 (Patrick Bartley’s Dreamweaver Society) emphasize original works. Each Jazz at Lincoln Center evening features one world premiere.

On Thursday evenings in July and August, the Museum presents Summer Thursdays, a series of musical performances free with Museum admission, organized in collaboration with PopRally, a cross-departmental committee that programs events at the Museum and MoMA PS1. Beginning July 6, the Museum will remain open until 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays and present concerts in the Sculpture Garden. The 2017 Summer Thursdays series features performers who cross geographical and stylistic borders in every sense, blending genres as wide-ranging as punk, jazz, Afro-beat, and electro, and claiming cultural influences and heritage from around the globe. They include groups as diverse as ¡Aparato!, Alsarah and the Nubatones, and Banda Magda. The series begins with the “neo-Sufi” sounds of the Pakistan-born Arooj Aftab, and closes with Helado Negro’s idiosyncratic fusion of Latin pop and synth-rock. This year, Summer Thursdays performances are presented in conjunction with the digital
exhibition Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Culture. The series is also presented in conjunction with Citizens and Borders, a series of projects at MoMA related to works in the collection that offer critical perspectives on histories of migration, territory, and displacement.


Summergarden is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West 54 Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The Sculpture Garden opens at 7:00 p.m., and concerts start at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately one hour to 90 minutes. The Sculpture Garden closes at 10:00 p.m. In the event of rain, Summergarden concerts will be held in The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, and the Museum’s 54 Street entrance will open at 7:30 p.m. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, sells a selection of homemade snacks as well as wine, craft beer, and cocktails. In the event of rain, the Garden Bar is closed. The exhibition galleries are closed during Summergarden. See for details.

Summer Thursdays

Summer Thursdays performances are free with regular Museum admission, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sets begin at 6:30 p.m. and run approximately 45 minutes to one hour. The exhibition galleries are open during Summer Thursdays. The Sculpture Garden and the Museum galleries close at 9:00 p.m. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and Summer Thursdays concerts will be held in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1. Homemade snacks, specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase from the Garden Bar (weather permitting) until 9:00 p.m. The espresso bar on Floor 2 is also open until 9:00 p.m. See for details.

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SPONSORSHIP: Major annual support for Summergarden is provided by The Ethel P. Shein Fund for Music at MoMA, which is generously funded by Agnes Gund.