By the Way: Could GatherNYC Make Your Sundays Sing?

Written by | Entertainment, Music, Stage


Is GatherNYC’s mindful combination of classical music and spoken word at SubCulture the new Sunday tradition to soothe your LGBTQ soul?

Children, we are living in some dark times. And as the seasons change, we need something to replace summer Sundays of boozy brunches and tipsy shopping. So, in addition to your place or worship or drag performance of choice, consider penciling in a music experience that’s sure to wow: the critically-acclaimed concerts of GatherNYC, as they mark their second season as a New York City institution.

Founded by cellist Laura Metcalf and guitarist Rupert Boyd, GatherNYC has been steadily gaining notoriety for their diverse, inclusive, multifaceted approach to the classical concert-going experience by providing a weekly Sunday morning musical reprieve from the uncertainty of our current times.

To complement its musical performances, GatherNYC’s one-hour weekly concerts also feature unique spoken word performances by winners of the international Moth StorySLAM, which has long promoted the art of storytelling and honors the diversity and commonality of human experience; as well as a brief celebration of silence – a practice that informs community, togetherness, and empathy. Guests are also served artisanal coffee and pastries before the concert, for a nominal $20 per person.

GatherNYC’s weekly “mindful musical mornings” – in residency at SubCulture at 45 Bleecker Street – launched with a performance by the Attacca Quartet. Hailed by The Washington Post as a quartet that “epitomizes the string quartet ideal,” Attacca Quartet presented their signature repertoire, which deftly blends beloved classical string quartet works with electrifying new compositions.

The season continued with performances from artists including dynamic cellist and senior TED fellow Joshua Roman with pianist Conor Hanick; followed by Russian Renaissance, the 2017 winners of the M-Prize, America’s most significant honor for chamber music; virtuosic, genre-crossing super group Founders, and acclaimed classical guitarist and GatherNYC co-Founder Rupert Boyd and Friends.

November saw performances from Magda Giannikou, the vibrant vocalist and accordionist performing music from around the world; harpist Bridget Kibbey, who has been hailed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as “The Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” and notable woodwind quintet Imani Winds (“What triumph sounds like”- Philadelphia Inquirer).

The season draws to a close with performances from the internationally renowned violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine on December 2nd, followed by the final December 9th performance from one of the leading piano trios of its generation, Claremont Trio.

And if you think Byron has his ear to the music scene, wait until you hear what he got a whole bunch of designers to say about Benjamin Moore’s color of the year for 2019.

Last modified: November 28, 2018