JUNE 25th CONCERT

The 7th Season of The Parks Concert Series, (formerly The Concerts for City Greens), a free outdoor concert series, continues on Wednesday, June 25th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, June 26th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene.  All performers donate their time and talent for these concerts. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett.

This concert will feature Nightlife, Bistro & BroadwayWorld Award Winner CAROLE J. BUFFORD, Broadway Veteran (original Sandy in Grease) & TV Star (The Magic Garden) CAROLE DEMAS, Bistro, Nightlife & Julie Wilson Award Winner LIAM FORDE, MAC, Bistro, Nightlife Award Winner, NPR host  & Recording Artist STACY SULLIVAN, MAC, BIstro & BroadwayWorld Award Winner, JONATHAN WHITTON and Australian Variety Entertainer of the Year, DARREN WILLIAMS.

Host RAISSA KATONA BENNETT, Broadway’s “Christine” in Phantom of the Opera and MAC & Bistro Award Winner, welcomes back series regulars, MAC & Bistro Award Winner TERESE GENECCO  as sidekick & drummer, MAC & Bistro Award Winner & Windham Hill Recording Artist SEAN HARKNESS on guitar, Composer & Recording Artist, JONATHAN SARAGA on Trumpet, Recording Artist & Arranger  MATT SCHARFGLASS on bass, and MAC Award Winning Composer, Pianist & Musical Director,  BILL ZEFFIRO.

Additional musical direction will be provided by pianists KENNETH GARTMAN & IAN HERMAN and guitarist AARON JONES.

Research shows that time spent in nature makes people healthier, happier and more creative, and that communities are safer where green spaces exist. In 2008, Raissa Katona Bennett had the idea to bring the world of cabaret, jazz, Broadway, and classical music to city green spaces as a way for diverse audiences to enjoy a free event and to broaden the appreciation of both of these amazing artists and the parks we so often take for granted.

Annually since then, hundreds of people who otherwise may never have experienced this cultural art form have enjoyed many nights of amazing music under the trees.  "The Park Concert Series" (formerly known as the Concerts for City Greens) invites you to join us again this summer in the South Park at Tudor City on the selected dates listed below.
The concerts take place at the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park (between 41st & 42nd Streets, and 1st & 2nd Avenues)

Future 2014 concert dates are August 13th (rain date August 14th) and September 10th (rain date September 11th). All at 6:30pm.  For more information, visit:  www.raissakatonabennett.com

First Concert of 2014

The 7th Season of The Parks Concert Series,(formerly The Concert for City Greens), a free outdoor concert series, commences on Wednesday, May 28th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, May 29th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene.  All performers donate their time and talent for these concerts. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett.

This concert will feature Broadway Veteran (Phantom of the Opera) and Award Winning Songwriter, D.C. ANDERSON, Bistro Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, NATHAN CHANG, Recording Artist, PEGGY EASON, Julie Wilson Award Winning Singer, SHANA FARR, Cellist & Composer, ADAM FISHER and Bistro Award Winning Pianist & NPR Host, JON WEBER.
This concert will also feature an original song written by DAVID INGBER and arranged by Broadway Musical Director (Kinky Boots/The Book of Mormon), BRIAN USIFER in celebration of MANHATTANHENGE.

Host RAISSA KATONA BENNETT, Broadway’s “Christine” in Phantom of the Opera and MAC & Bistro Award Winner, welcomes back series regulars, MAC & Bistro Award Winner TERESE GENECCO  as sidekick & drummer, MAC & Bistro Award Winner & Windham Hill Recording Artist SEAN HARKNESS on guitar, Composer & Recording Artist, JONATHAN SARAGA on Trumpet, Recording Artist & Arranger  MATT SCHARFGLASS on bass, and MAC Award Winning Composer, Pianist & Musical Director,  BILL ZEFFIRO.

Additional musical direction will be provided by pianists KENNETH GARTMAN & TRACY STARK.

Research shows that time spent in nature makes people healthier, happier and more creative, and that communities are safer where green spaces exist.   In 2008, Raissa Katona Bennett had the idea to bring the world of cabaret, jazz, Broadway, and classical music to city green spaces as a way for diverse audiences to enjoy a free event and to broaden the appreciation of both of these amazing artists and the parks we so often take for granted.

Annually since then, hundreds of people who otherwise may never have experienced this cultural art form have enjoyed many nights of amazing music under the trees.   The event is called "The Park Concert Series" (formerly known as the Concerts for City Greens) – please come and enjoy the concerts again this season in the South Park at Tudor City on the selected dates listed below.
The concerts take place at the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park (between 41st & 42nd Streets, and 1st & 2nd Avenues)
Future 2014 concert dates are June 25th (rain date June 26th), August 13th (rain date August 14th) and September 10th (rain date September 11th). All at 6:30pm.


Special September 11th Performance

The 6th Season of The Concerts for City Greens, free outdoor concert series, concludes on Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, September 12th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, with a very special tribute concert: “I HEAR AMERICA SINGING – Songs of Hope, Joy & Inspiration,” and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, and jazz scene.  On this important day of remembrance, the spirit of New York and America will be celebrated with a healing and uplifting concert.  The concert will feature 3 special group numbers, including a powerful version of AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, arranged especially for this concert by CFCG Musical Director, Kenneth Gartman. All performers donate their time and talent to benefit MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN.  The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett.

This concert will feature MAC, Bistro & Nightlife Award Winner, KAREN OBERLIN, Bistro Award & MetroStar Winner, BILLIE ROE , Bistro Award Winner,  AMY BETH WILLIAMS, Multiple Award Winner & Recording Artist, ROGER MAPES, Multiple MAC & Nightlife Award Winner, MILES PHILLIPS, Broadway Veteran (Les Miserables, CATS), NINA HENNESSEY, Bistro Award Winner, TANYA HOLT, Multiple MAC Award Winner & Recording Artist, MARCUS SIMEONE, MAC Award Winner, Recording Artist & TV Actor, SHAWN RYAN, Multiple MAC Award Winner, TANYA MOBERLY,  Actor-Own Singer, Actress & Producer, ERIN CRONICAN , and a Special Appearance by the band from the Off-Broadway Revival of WORKING: DAN FEYER, JEFF ROBERTS and MATT SCHARFGLASS.
Host RAISSA KATONA BENNETT, Broadway’s “Christine” in Phantom of the Opera and MAC & Bistro Award Winner, welcomes back series regulars, MAC & Bistro Award Winner TERESE GENECCO  as sidekick & drummer, MAC & Bistro Award Winner & Windham Hill Recording Artist SEAN HARKNESS on guitar, Recording Artist & Arranger  MATT SCHARFGLASS on bass, and MAC Award Winning Composer, Pianist & Musical Director,  BILL ZEFFIRO.

Additional musical direction will be provided by pianists JEFF CUBETA, KENNETH GARTMAN & MARK JANAS.
Conceived and developed by RAISSA KATONA BENNETT,  The Concerts for City Greens is part of a newly forming non-profit, MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN, which has the unique mission of promoting awareness, funding, and community for public green spaces, by creating and producing free professional music and art events for culturally, socio-economically and age- diverse audiences in city settings.  We strive to link with other community groups and organizations dedicated to the greening of cities in various ways, including, but not limited to: fiscal support, educational outreach, fostering environmental awareness, action and volunteerism and identifying, promoting and supporting outdoor/green spaces accessible to specific communities. Educational outreach topics include, but are not limited to, community gardening, recycling, environmental awareness, water conservation, littering awareness, cleaning up parks and partnering with the parks departments, city agencies and schools.  The organization will continue to produce at Tudor City Greens, while actively promoting creative and inclusive uses of other public green spaces.  MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN (www.musicandartforgreen.org)
For more information on the concert series, visit www.raissakatonabennett.com or www.concertsforcitygreens.com.

The concerts take place at the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park (between 41st & 42nd Streets, and 1st & 2nd Avenues)

This is the final concert of the 2013 Season.

August 7th's Performance Coming Up!

The 6th Season of The Concerts for City Greens, free outdoor concert series, continues on Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, August 8th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, with “AND THE WINNER IS…Featuring Songs from the Songwriting Contest Winner – LARRY KERCHNER”, and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and comedy scene.  All performers donate their time and talent to benefit MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN.  The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett.
This concert will feature Singer & Bandleader, DENNIS CHICCINO, Singer, Radio Personality, LYNN DIMENNA, Theatre &Cabaret Reviewer, Publisher & Producer, SANDI DURELL, Stand Up Comedian &Tudor City Resident, FRANCOISE GORDON, Bistro & Broadway World Award Winner, COLLEEN MCHUGH , MAC Award Nominated Singer & Actress, BARBARA PORTEUS and Cabaret Newcomer & Tudor City Resident, ROBIN WESTLE.
Host RAISSA KATONA BENNETT, Broadway’s “Christine” in Phantom of the Opera and MAC & Bistro Award Winner, welcomes back series regulars, MAC & Bistro Award Winner TERESE GENECCO  as sidekick & drummer, Recording Artist & Arranger  MATT SCHARFGLASS on guitar, MAC Award Winning Composer, Pianist & Musical Director,  BILL ZEFFIRO, and Carnegie Hall Violinist NICHOLAS PERRY.

Additional accompaniment will be provided by TEX ARNOLD & JEFF CUBETA on piano and TOM HUBBARD on bass.
Conceived and developed by Raissa Katona Bennett, The Concerts for City Greens is part of a newly forming non-profit, MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN, which has the unique mission of promoting awareness, funding, and community for public green spaces, by creating and producing free professional music and art events for culturally, socio-economically and age- diverse audiences in city settings.  We strive to link with other community groups and organizations dedicated to the greening of cities in various ways, including, but not limited to: fiscal support, educational outreach, fostering environmental awareness, action and volunteerism and identifying, promoting and supporting outdoor/green spaces accessible to specific communities. Educational outreach topics include, but are not limited to, community gardening, recycling, environmental awareness, water conservation, littering awareness, cleaning up parks and partnering with the parks departments, city agencies and schools.  The organization will continue to produce at Tudor City Greens, while actively promoting creative and inclusive uses of other public green spaces.  MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN (www.musicandartforgreen.org)
For more information on the concert series, visit www.raissakatonabennett.com or www.concertsforcitygreens.com.
The concerts take place at the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park (between 41st & 42nd Streets, and 1st & 2nd Avenues)

Final 2013 Concert Date is September 11th at 6:30pm (rain date September 12th at 6:30pm).

June 26th's Concert Features All Star Performers!

“One Life to Live’s” ILENE KRISTEN and Award-winning performer MARK NADLER join the Concerts for City Greens!

The 6th Season of The Concerts for City Greens, free outdoor concert series, continues on Wednesday, June 26th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, June 27th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, with “Summer Sambas, Showmen & Sirens ,” and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, and classical scene.  All performers donate their time and talent to benefit MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN.  The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett.

This concert will feature the Emmy Award Nominated Star of RYAN'S HOPE & ONE LIFE TO LIVE,  Broadway & Off Broadway Veteran and Recording Artist,  ILENE KRISTEN,  and fresh from his triumphant Off-Broadway star turn at the York Theatre of “I’m A Stranger Here Myself,”  Drama Desk & Lortel Award Nominee,  Broadway & Off-Broadway Veteran ,  Multiple MAC, Bistro & Nightlife Award Winner  MARK NADLER.    MAC Award Nominated Recording Artist, ANNIE KOZUCH and Bistro Award Winner, PARKER SCOTT complete this eclectic evening of entertainment.
Host RAISSA KATONA BENNETT, Broadway’s “Christine” in Phantom of the Opera and MAC & Bistro Award Winner, welcomes back series regulars, MAC & Bistro Award Winner TERESE GENECCO  as sidekick & drummer, MAC & Bistro Award Winner & Windham Hill Recording Artist SEAN HARKNESS on guitar, Recording Artist & Arranger  MATT SCHARFGLASS on bass, MAC Award Winning Composer, Pianist & Musical Director,  BILL ZEFFIRO, and introduces Carnegie Hall Violinist NICHOLAS PERRY.

Additional musical direction will be provided by pianist, Multiple MAC and Bistro Award Winner MARK JANAS.

Conceived and developed by Raissa Katona Bennett, The Concerts for City Greens is part of a newly forming non-profit, MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN, which has the unique mission of promoting awareness, funding, and community for public green spaces, by creating and producing free professional music and art events for culturally, socio-economically and age- diverse audiences in city settings.  We strive to link with other community groups and organizations dedicated to the greening of cities in various ways, including, but not limited to: fiscal support, educational outreach, fostering environmental awareness, action and volunteerism and identifying, promoting and supporting outdoor/green spaces accessible to specific communities. Educational outreach topics include, but are not limited to, community gardening, recycling, environmental awareness, water conservation, littering awareness, cleaning up parks and partnering with the parks departments, city agencies and schools.  The organization will continue to produce at Tudor City Greens, while actively promoting creative and inclusive uses of other public green spaces.  MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN (www.musicandartforgreen.org)

For more information on the concert series, visit www.raissakatonabennett.com or www.concertsforcitygreens.com.

The concerts take place at the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park (between 41st & 42nd Streets, and 1st & 2nd Avenues)

Future 2013 Concert Dates are August 7th (rain date August 8th) & September 11th (rain date September 12th). All at 6:30pm.

First Concert of the 2013 Season on May 29th!

The 6th Season of The Concerts for City Greens, free outdoor concert series, commences on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, May 30th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, with “I Feel So Much Spring,” and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene.  All performers donate their time and talent to benefit MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN.  The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett.

This concert will feature multiple MAC, Bistro & Nightlife Award Winner BABY JANE DEXTER, Singer/Pianist ERIC YVES GARCIA, Forbidden Broadway Alumni & Recording Artist JAMES DONEGAN, Opera Singer JULIE DINIZ, Opera and Symphonic Singer JIMI JAMES, Singer-Songwriter, Pianist & Recording Artist KAREN KARSH and Metro Star Winner & Recording Artist MARISSA MULDER.
Host RAISSA KATONA BENNETT, Broadway’s “Christine” in Phantom of the Opera and MAC & Bistro Award Winner, welcomes back series regulars, MAC & Bistro Award Winner TERESE GENECCO  as sidekick & drummer, MAC & Bistro Award Winner & Windham Hill Recording Artist SEAN HARKNESS on guitar, MAC Award Winning Composer, Pianist & Musical Director,  BILL ZEFFIRO, and introduces Carnegie Hall Violinist NICHOLAS PERRY.
Additional musical direction will be provided by pianists DAVD CALDWELL and MARK JANAS with MATT SCHARFGLASS on bass.

Conceived and developed by Raissa Katona Bennett, The Concerts for City Greens is part of a newly forming non-profit, MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN, whose mission is to expose culturally and socio-economically diverse audiences of all ages to free, professional live music and art events in city settings, while linking with other community groups and organizations to promote the “greening” of cities in various ways including, but not limited to: fiscal support, educational outreach, fostering environmental awareness, action and volunteerism. The organization will continue to produce at Tudor City Greens, while actively promoting creative and inclusive uses of other public green spaces.  www.musicandartforgreen.org

For more information visit www.raissakatonabennett.com

The concerts take place at the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park (between 41st & 42nd Streets, and 1st & 2nd Avenues)

Future 2013 Concert Dates are June 26th (rain date June 27th), August 7th (rain date August 8th) & September 11th (rain date September 12th). All at 6:30pm.

 


All-Star Concert at Beechman Theater on April 23rd!

CONCERTS FOR CITY GREENS PRESENTS ALL-STAR CONCERT AT BEECHMAN ON APRIL 23

FINALE OF 2012 SONGWRITING CONTEST CROWNS ONE OF THREE FINALISTS -- CHARLES BLOOM, LARRY KERCHNER AND WILL REYNOLDS

RAISSA KATONA BENNETT HOSTS NEWLY FORMED NON-PROFIT’S FIRST GALA EVENT

(April 5, 2013) The Concerts for City Greens hosts a celebratory retrospective of its first five seasons in a gala concert at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, on Tuesday April 23 at 7pm. The show marks both the finale of last summer’s Songwriting Contest, and the launch of a new non-profit Music and Art for Green, which will incorporate Concerts for City Greens within its umbrella.

Hosted by the Broadway actress and cabaret headliner Raissa Katona Bennett, the show will welcome alumni of the past five seasons of Concerts for City Greens, the free outdoor series at Tudor City produced by Bennett that has featured hundreds of accomplished singers, comedians and instrumentalists from a variety of backgrounds.

From the world of Broadway, the evening features: Tony Award nominee Willy Falk; “Sweeney Todd’s” original Johanna, Sarah Rice; Eric Michael Gillett; T. Oliver Reid; Rosemary Loar, and KT Sullivan.  From the world of jazz: pianist Barry Levitt; vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt; band leader Terese Genecco, and bassist Matt Scharfglass.  From the classical realm: pianist Mark Janas; violinist Nicholas Perry, and Maureen Taylor.  From the comedy corner: Stone & Stone. And from cabaret the award-winning: Scott Coulter; Jenna Esposito; Kenneth Gartman; Marquee Five; Tanya Moberly; Julie Reyburn; Lennie Watts, and Bill Zeffiro.

Among those performing will be special guest David Friedman, the quadruple-platinum songwriter and Today Show regular. Friedman, who composes for television, film and Broadway, served on the jury for the songwriting contest and will introduce the winner.  The contest’s finalists are veteran tunesmith Charles Bloom, the two-time Grammy nominee Larry Kerchner, and the musical theatre writer and actor Will Reynolds.

Serving on the jury with Friedman were rock ‘n roll legend Neil Sedaka; the Golden Globe-winning singer-songwriter Amanda McBroom; the multi-platinum singer, songwriter and pianist Ann Hampton Callaway; the Tony-nominated composer Michael John LaChiusa, and the two-time Emmy-winning MTV Networks executive Matthew Parillo.

Tickets for the April 23 retrospective gala concert are $65 person for an evening that includes a cocktail-hors d’oeuvres reception at 7pm followed by a show at 8:15pm. The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café, 407 West 42nd Street.  For reservations call 212/695-6909, or to book online visit www.westbankcafe.com.

The event benefits Music and Art for Green, a new non-profit which strives to expose culturally and socio-economically diverse audiences of all ages to free, professional live music in city settings, while linking with other community groups and organizations to promote effective dedication to the “greening” of cities. Founded this year by Bennett, who won the 2010 Bistro and 2011 MAC Award for producing the Concerts for City Greens series, the organization will continue to produce at Tudor City while actively promoting creative and inclusive uses of other public green spaces. This year’s 6th annual concert series at Tudor City begins on May 29th, with subsequent dates in June, August and September.  For information visit www.raissakatonabennett.com


THE 2013 SEASON STARTS MAY 29th!

Concert Schedule

The Concerts for City Greens, the free outdoor concert series, brings the sounds of live music to diverse urban audiences in unique, privately maintained public green spaces across the city.

TUDOR CITY – MAY 29th
TUDOR CITY – JUNE 26th
TUDOR CITY – AUGUST 7th
TUDOR CITY – SEPTEMBER 11th

UPCOMING CONCERT OCTOBER 3rd

CONCERTS FOR CITY GREENS SALUTES MICHAEL JOHN LACHIUSA IN SEASON FINALE “A GIANT, WILD PARTY” OCTOBER 3

LACHIUSA MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE WITH GUESTS STARS D.C. ANDERSON, LEAH HOCKING, KT SULLIVAN, AND KATIE THOMPSON

HOST RAISSA KATONA BENNETT WELCOMES SERIES REGULARS TERESE GENECCO AND BILL ZEFFIRO; INSTRUMENTALISTS JEFF CUBETA, MARK JANAS AND MATT SCHARFGLASS, AND SPECIAL GUESTS INLAND TRAVELER

(September 23, 2012) The Concerts for City Greens, the free outdoor series that brings the sounds of music to the heart of Midtown, hosts “A Giant, Wild Party,” a musical tribute to the celebrated composer/lyricist/librettist Michael John LaChiusa, on Wednesday October 3 at 6:30pm at Tudor City Greens. (Rain date: Thursday October 4 at 6:30pm.)  Fêting the 2-time Emmy winner and 5-time Tony nominee, whose new musical “Giant,” opens at the Public Theater this fall, will be the Broadway veterans D.C. Anderson (“Queen of the Mist,” “Rebecca,” “Phantom”) and Leah Hocking (“Wild Party,” “Billy Elliott,” “Mama Mia,” “Hairspray”); the cabaret legend and Broadway star KT Sullivan; and the singer/songwriter and actress Katie Thompson (who is featured in LaChiusa’s “Giant”). “A Giant, Wild Party” brings to a close The Concerts for City Greens’ fifth annual season of free outdoor summer concerts.

An innovative opera and musical theater composer, lyricist and librettist, LaChiusa is best known for “Hello Again,” “Marie Christine,” “The Wild Party,” “See What I Wanna See,” and “Chronicle of a Death Foretold.” The Public’s upcoming production of “Giant” stars Brian d’Arcy James and Kate Baldwin.

A Broadway veteran (Christine in “Phantom of the Opera”) and Bistro & MAC award-winning cabaret artist, Raissa Katona Bennett is the evening’s creator host and producer.  Returning as series regulars are Bennett’s side-kicking drummer -- multiple MAC and Bistro award-winning little big band innovator  Terese Genecco, and the MAC Award-winning composer-pianist Bill Zeffiro.  The concert’s featured instrumentalists are Jeff Cubeta and Mark Janas on piano, and Matt Scharfglass on bass.

Making special guest appearances to premiere 2 of the eight semi-finalist songs competing in The Concerts For City Greens song-writing are KT Sullivan, who introduces Larry Kerchner’s “Winter in Manhattan”,  and the Brooklyn-based songwriting collective Inland Traveler (consisting of Katie Locke, Lucas Madrazo and Gerald Edward), who will debut their entry, “City Wild.”


SEPTEMBER 12th CONCERT

Concert Schedule:

October 3rd

CONCERTS FOR CITY GREENS SALUTES ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY ON SEPTEMBER 12

CALLAWAY MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE WITH GUEST STARS CHRISTINA CONNORS, SCOTT COULTER, THE MAGIC GARDEN, (CAROLE DEMAS & PAULA JANIS), KENNETH GARTMAN, SHAYNEE RAINBOLT, AND T. OLIVER REID

HOST RAISSA KATONA BENNETT JOINED BY SERIE’S REGULARS TERESE GENECCO, SEAN HARKNES, BILL ZEFFIRO AND INSTRUMENTALISTS, IAN HERMAN, KENNETH GARTMAN AND MATT SCHARFGLASS

(August 30, 2012) The Concerts for City Greens, the free outdoor concert series that brings the sounds of music to the heart of Midtown, dedicates the fourth concert of this year’s summer series to the singer-songwriter and actress Ann Hampton Callaway, on Wednesday September 12 at 6:30pm at Tudor City Greens. (Rain date: Thursday September 13 at 6:30pm.)  With a special guest appearance by Callaway, “Finding Beauty” stars the singer-actress Christina Connors; the MAC, Bistro and Nightlife award-winner Scott Coulter; The Magic Garden’s Carole Demas & Paula Janis; the MAC and Bistro-winning jazz vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt, and the Julie Wilson Award-winning Broadway veteran T. Oliver Reid.

Callaway, the multi-platinum tunesmith, Tony-nominated actress, accomplished jazz pianist, singer and TV and film star, makes her 54 Below debut with a string of primetime dates from September 25 to 29.

The Broadway veteran (“Christine” PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) and Bistro & MAC Award winning cabaret artist, Raissa Katona Bennett,  is the evening’s creator,  host and producer.  Returning as series regulars are Bennett’s side-kicking drummer --  multiple MAC Bistro Award-winning little big band innovator Terese Genecco; the Windham Hill recording artist Bistro & MAC Award winner Sean Harkness on guitar and the MAC Award winning composer-pianist Bill Zeffiro.  The concert’s featured instrumentalists are Kenneth Gartman and Ian Herman on piano, and Matt Scharfglass on bass.

Making a special guest appearance to premiere one of the eight semifinalist songs competing in The Concerts for City Greens song writing contest, are Carole Demas (Original “Sandy” in Broadway’s GREASE) & Paula Janis, of the hit TV show, The Magic Garden, who will premiere “Village Green of New York City” by Lauren McCall,  a music educator and composer from Georgia.
The semifinalist tunes, all of which celebrate the different roles green spaces play in the lives of New Yorkers, are being performed by prominent guest artists from the worlds of Broadway, jazz, cabaret and classical music. The contest’s finalists, chosen after the summer, will be showcased at a special gala concert at Feinstein's at the Loews Regency, in the fall or winter of 2012. (TBA)

Conceived and developed by Raissa Katona Bennett, The Concerts for City Greens is dedicated to exposing diverse audiences of all ages to free, professional live music in city settings, while linking with other community groups and organizations to promote effective dedication to the “greening” of cities.  Bennett won the 2010 Bistro and 2011 MAC Award for hosting the concerts.

The series’ current 5th annual season concludes on Wednesday October 3, at 6:30pm.  Four of this summer’s concerts are being dedicated to the music of four of the song contest judges: Amanda McBroom (May 30), Neil Sedaka (August 1), Ann Hampton Callaway (September 12) and Michael John LaChiusa (October 3).  (The other judges are the quadruple-platinum songwriter and Today Show regular David Friedman, and the two-time Emmy Award-winning MTV executive Matthew Parillo).  For information visit www.raissakatonabennett.com

The concerts take place at the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park (between 41st & 42nd Streets, and 1st & 2nd Avenues)
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AUGUST 1st CONCERT

Concert Schedule:

August 1st, September 12th, October 3rd

Wow – we have big news for the August 1st Concerts for City Greens - our third concert of the season is a tribute to the music of rock ‘n roll legend, Neil Sedaka, with an appearance by the man himself!!!

You’d better come early and bring your own chair on:  Wednesday August 1 at 6:30pm at Tudor City Greens. (Rain date: Thursday August 2 at 6:30pm.)  Paying tribute to the Brooklyn-born hit maker “Love Will Keep Us Together -  the Songs of Neil Sedaka” stars the ASCAP Award-winning singer-songwriter Jim Van Slyke, the MAC-winning harmony group Marquee Five, and the actress Carole Demas, co-star of TV’s Magic Garden, and the original Sandy in “Grease.”  Also appearing in this special tribute to Sedaka’s six decade-long career will be his niece, newcomer Holland Grossman, who makes her Broadway debut in “Rebecca.”

The Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett is the evening’s host and producer.  Returning as series regulars are Bennett’s side-kicking drummer -- the 4-time MAC & 2-time Bistro Award-winning big band innovator Terese Genecco; the Windham Hill recording artist Sean Harkness on guitar (2012 MAC Recording of the Year), and the composer-pianist Bill Zeffiro.  The concert’s featured instrumentalists are David Caldwell, Kenneth Gartman and Ian Herman on piano, and Skip Ward and Matt Scharfglass on bass.

One more of the eight semifinalist songs competing in the Concerts for City Greens song contest receives its concert premiere: the musical theatre writer and actor Will Reynolds performs his “If the World Looked Like You.” The semifinalist tunes, all of which celebrate the different roles green spaces play in the lives of New Yorkers, are being performed throughout the season. The contest’s finalist songs, chosen after the summer, will be showcased at a special gala concert at Feinstein's at the Loews Regency, in the fall or winter of 2012. (TBA)

Conceived and developed by Raissa Katona Bennett, Concerts for City Greens (formerly The Concerts for Tudor City Greens) is dedicated to exposing diverse audiences of all ages to free, professional live music in city settings, while linking with other community groups and organizations to promote effective dedication to the “greening” of cities.  Bennett won the 2010 Bistro and 2011 MAC Award for hosting “The Concerts at Tudor City Greens.”

The series’ current 5th annual season continues September 12 and October 3, both Wednesdays at 6:30pm.  Four of this summer’s concerts are being dedicated to the music of four of the song contest judges: Amanda McBroom (May 30), Neil Sedaka (August 1), Ann Hampton Callaway (September 12) and Michael John LaChiusa (October 3).  (The other judges are the quadruple-platinum songwriter and Today Show regular David Friedman, and the two-time Emmy Award-winning MTV executive Matthew Parillo).  For information visit www.raissakatonabennett.com

The concerts take place at the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park (between 41st & 42nd Streets, and 1st & 2nd Avenues)

JUNE 20th CONCERT

Our next CONCERTS FOR CITY GREENS will be a bit of a departure when we invite several of NYC's popular commedians to join the musical mix on Wednesday June 20 at 6:30pm at Tudor City Greens. (Rain date: Thursday June 21 at 6:30pm.) "Comedy Tonight... with a Splash of Jazz" welcomes these featured guests: the jazz-jesting bandleader Joan Crowe; the MAC and Bistro Award winning story-singer Faye Lane; songwriter, singer and author Bobbie Horowitz; the singer-songwriting duo of Ritt Henn and Mary Liz McNamara; Comedy Central's Stone and Stone; beloved cabaret raconteur and dandy Sidney Myer, and the molten-voiced jazz heartthrob Gregory Generet.

 

The Windham Hill recording artist, Sean Harkness (2012 MAC Recording of the Year), and the composer-pianist Bill Zeffiro return as series regulars. The concert's featured instrumentalists are Kenneth Gartman, Tracy Stark and Mark Janas on piano (who join Zeffiro as the concert music directors), Ritt Henn on bass, and Rex Benincasa on percussion. The Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett is the evening's host and producer.

 

Two more of the eight semifinalist songs competing in the Concerts for City Greens song contest** receive their concert premieres, as the MAC and Julie Wilson Award-winning singer Julie Reyburn debuts the song "This Lake" by Charles Bloom (music and lyrics) Karl Gadjusek (lyrics), and the Houston-based singer-songwriter Kristine Mills introduces her "Patch of Green". The semifinalist tunes, all of which celebrate the different roles green spaces play in the lives of New Yorkers, are being performed throughout the season (two per concert) by prominent guest artists from the worlds of Broadway, jazz, cabaret and classical music. The contest's finalist songs, chosen after the summer, will be showcased at a special gala concert at Feinstein's at the Loews Regency, in the fall or winter of 2012. (TBA)


Songwriting Contest Finalists

Congratulations to the Eight Semi-Finalists:

WILL REYNOLDS, JUDY KELLERSBERGER, BEN BONNEMA & ARIANNA ROSE, KRISTINE MILLS, CHARLES BLOOM & KARL GADJUSEK, LAUREN MCCALL, LARRY KERCHNER, and INLAND TRAVELER

Concerts for City Greens has been hosting a songwriting contest of songs celebrating the roles parks and green spaces play in the lives of New Yorkers. Numerous songs by professional and amateur songwriters, from an array of styles and points of view, were submitted. Eight semifinalist songs were performed during this season’s concert series. Through a combination of online and jury voting, three top songs will be chosen at the end of the summer. The three finalist songs will be performed at a special concert at a venue, TBA early in 2013.

Serving as judges for the contest are: Neil Sedaka, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway, David Friedman, Michael John LaChiusa, and MTV executive Matthew Parillo.

Vote for your favorite song!

How to vote for your favorite song:

1. To listen to the audio, click on one of the songs on the left.
2. To vote, select one of the songs on the right and hit the vote button. Your browser will only allow you to vote once, so choose carefully.

In a perfect world, we would ask that you listen to at least a portion of all the songs before voting. This will be easy, since once you click on one of the selections to play, it will continue as a playlist going from one song to the next, to make it very easy for everyone. Enjoy!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SONG!

  • Chose Your Favorite Song

    • Winter in Manhattan - By Larry Kerchner (23%, 345 Votes)
    • If the World Looked Like You - By Will Reynolds (19%, 284 Votes)
    • This Lake - By Charles Bloom (17%, 257 Votes)
    • Village Green of New York City - By Lauren McCall (15%, 231 Votes)
    • In Gail's Garden - By Judy Kellersberger (9%, 136 Votes)
    • It's Just My Park - By Arianna Rose & Ben Bonnema (7%, 102 Votes)
    • Patch of Green - By Kristine Mills (6%, 91 Votes)
    • City Child - By Inland Traveler (4%, 16 Votes)

    Total Voters: 1,491

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Community Outreach

Supporting the greening of New York, Concerts for City Greens links with a range of community groups, organizations and individuals. Our mission is two-fold -- to increase and diversify the audience for live music in New York, while encouraging public and private stewardship of green spaces across the City.