NYC Life:  River to River Festival, Free Opera, Tango, and Pianos in the Streets

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If you love opera, dance, theatre, music and tango, just head into the streets and parks Tomatoes. Met opera stars are the parks. The River to River Festival is back. The pianos are in the streets and free Tango lessons are yours in Union Square.

June 14-25. River to River Festival

Join us for the 16th annual River to River Festival, June 14–25! The 2017 edition presents 12 days of dance, music, theater and the visual arts — 100 + performances and events spanning 17 projects at 31 unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island. The Festival also offers opportunities for audiences to interact with artists, socialize and experience multiple facets of artists’ work and the creative process.  Get the full schedule.

Starts June 12. Met’s Summer Recital Series

The Met’s popular concert series in New York City parks in all five boroughs kicks off at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets from a variety of operas. The first two recitals feature soprano Susanna Phillips—a Met favorite who recently appeared in the exciting new production of L’Amour de Loin—alongside enchanting mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong and exciting tenor Petr Nekoranec. Recitals are free.  Get the full schedule.

The Sing for Hope Pianos Are Back!

If you’re lucky, you’ll run across one of the several artist-designed pianos that have been placed throughout NYC’s parks and public spaces for anyone and everyone to play.  It is so cool to experience the street pianos, and it’s all for a great cause too.  After their time on the streets, Sing for Hope will transport the instruments in NYC public schools, where they will become hubs for Sing for Hope’s ongoing creative programs and enrich students’ lives for years to come. Learn more about this wonderful program.

Tango in Union Square Park

Always wanted to visit Argentina, the land of the sensual, romantic Tango? Spend a special evening with a Taste of Tango. Enjoy live music, tango stories, dance demonstrations and tango classes! Head to Union Square Park any Friday this month from 6 to 8 PM, for free tango lessons, presented by NYC Parks. Two Free lessons and dancing. Live music and performance classes on the last Friday June 30th.  Everyone will learn, dance and have fun. It will be a night full of surprises. Don’t miss it!

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