Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry’s floating concert hall which hosts a variety of year round performances of chamber music at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge is offering a free afternoon concert on the 20th of November. The music starts at 1pm, there is no reserved seating and the program is announced on the day. Previous selections have included music by Haydn, Schumann, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff performed by New York based world class musicians.
The venue was founded by violinist Olga Bloom in 1976 who renovated the 100-foot steel barge that had been built in 1899 and had served much of the last century as a working vessel in the New York harbor herself with the help of her brother, sister-in-law and neice. Olga described the arduous process of making the barge acoustically resonant with the addition of paneling, mahogany stripping, and cherry wood benches retired from duty on the original Staten Island ferry, “For a year and a half I made weekly trips from the scrap yard with materials weighing down my VW Beetle until it almost scraped the ground. En route, truck drivers shouted to me, ‘Yo! Mama.'”
Mayor Bloomberg recently declared Bargemusic ”one of our city’s greatest cultural institutions” when Ms. Bloom celebrated her 90th birthday last year with a chamber music marathon held on the barge.