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Preview: Rite of Summer Music Festival Performs John Cage on Governor's Island

Now that the remnants of tropical storm Cindy seem to have sailed out to sea, the remainder of the weekend looks ripe for spending some quality time outdoors. And, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather spend a summer afternoon than Governor's Island, the former military installation a 10 minute ferry ride away from the Battery, where you can stroll and bike along tree-lined paths with stunning vistas of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. 

For the past seven years, the Rite of Summer music festival has offered a gentle soundtrack for these daytrippers with free outdoor performances of contemporary/new music.  Concerts take place in Nolan Park – a shaded grassy field near Officer's Row where listeners can sprawl out with some some food and BYOB.

Tomorrow's show (which was rain delayed from today) features pianists Phyllis Chen, Anthony De Mare, Blair McMillen and Pam Goldberg performing John Cage's "Sonatas and Interludes" for prepared-piano, alongside four companion pieces commissioned for the occasion by Angélica Negrón, Daniel Felsenfeld, Justin Hines, and Eleonor Sandresky. Shows at 1pm and 3pm; more info on the Rite of Summer website