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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Bargemusic

Bargemusic, a small venue for classical music with its roster of internationally renowned musicians, is one of the true gems of NYC and is still relatively unknown to most New Yorkers. The 102-foot barge is docked in Brooklyn in the East River at the Fulton Ferry Landing. Founded by Olga Bloom (now 87) in 1977, she is still at the helm as its chairman. Bloom, originally from Boston, was a professional violinist, as was her late husband Tobias; she playing under Stokowski, he under Toscanini. After her retirement as violinist, Bloom purchased 108-year old coffee barge (originally used by the Erie Lackwanna Railroad) for $10,000. The space, with cherry paneling and fireplace, seats 125. Perhaps its most distinguishing feature is the magnificent view of the Manhattan skyline through the picture window behind the stage, providing a spectacular backdrop during performances. (Note: the performers in the photo who graciously allowed me to photograph during their rehearsal were: Mark Peskanov, violin; Bracha Malkin, violin; Anat Malkin-Almani, violin; and Clancy Newman, cello). During intermissions, audience members are free to go outdoors and atop the barge itself, enjoying the sea air and views of water, city and bridges. As so aptly stated on their website, "Our present cargo in this small floating room is sound: potent, ephemeral and magical." I don't know of a space with more ambiance or is more intimate and better suited for chamber music...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beuatiful photos ans a great story. Thanks for all you do!

Ita said...

Great pictures...this website makes me feel like I was there. I'm taking note of every place you write about, so I'll have a lot of things to see when I'll be there..someday! :) Thanks a lot!

mumbgy said...

Great blog, beautiful pictures, your commentaries are very well written as well. This makes me want to visit New York.