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Mid-Summer Music: Premiere of composer Ben Neill's MANITOGA, July 26, 5-7pm
Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center
Garrison, NY
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Mid-summer Music at Manitoga has ended. Walk-in welcome. No credit cards accepted at door. Cask or checks only. Please mark you calendar for the Palmas Performance on September 27.


Mid-Summer Music: Premiere of composer Ben Neill's MANITOGA, July 26, 5-7pm
Experience the premiere of composer Ben Neill's MANITOGA for brass quintet and electronics on the terraces and Quarry Pool edge of Dragon Rock - the modernist home, studio and woodland garden of designer Russel Wright (1904-1976), 5-7pm.

Free for Manitoga members; $25 donation for non-members. $10 for children 15 and under. Reservations required. Space is limited!

Park at the public lot at 584 Route 9D and walk the Quarry Pool path. Rain or shine. Please wear walking shoes. Informal seating.


Neill's MANITOGA will begin with players widely dispersed in the woodland garden who will gradually move closer to the Quarry Pool and waterfall, playing sculptor Carol Szymanski's brass horns. Through his electronic Mutantrumpet, Neill will engage in musical dialogues with them, shaping the acoustic and electronic textures in real time.

Instrumentalists: Jason Covey, James O'Connor, John Charles Thomas, Peter Zummo
Audio engineer: Theo Metz

Manitoga, the composition, will draw upon sources as varied as the Native American spiritual connection to nature, the region's Revolutionary War history of battle cries and bugle calls, and Mahler's use of the horn call as a pastorale. A Hudson Valley resident, Neill's work reflects the experience of hearing Taps played from across the river at West Point and the rhythmic and melodic processes of insects and birds in the Hudson Highlands.


Composer and trumpeter, Ben Neill has been called "a creative composer and genius performer" by Time Out London. Neill's music blends influences from electronica, jazz and minimalism. His music theater work Persephone was presented at the 2010 BAM Next Wave Festival, and he has performed extensively in a variety of international settings. Neill has recorded nine CDs and has been featured on numerous compilations. The composition Manitoga by Ben Neill is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artists Program.


A masterful synthesis of architecture, landscape and the decorative arts, Manitoga uniquely conveys Russel Wright's enduring ideas on good design and harmony with nature. Tours, events, and programs continue to celebrate this most important design legacy and the poetry of daily living.

One of the few 20th century modern homes open to the public in New York State, Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark, an affiliate member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a World Monuments Watch Site.

TOURS: May through November 10 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11am and 1:30pm. Tours are limited to 12 people. Purchase tickets on Group Tours are available by calling 845-424-3812.


Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center (View)
584 Route 9D
Garrison, NY 10524
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Ambient
Music > Experimental
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center
On BPT Since: Feb 27, 2008
Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center

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