Pam Goldberg


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Pam Goldberg is a true pioneer in the way we listen to live classical music today. She is a concert pianist who felt passionately about the way people were experiencing the typical classical music concert. With an emphasis on presentation & location Pam has been a forerunner in the alt-space classical music movement.

Life isn’t about finding
Life is about creating

- George Bernard Shaw

Pam's Bio

Described by The New York Times as a “fine pianist,” Pam Goldberg has performed on many of New York City’s preeminent stages both as a soloist and chamber musician. Widely acknowledged by many to have created the blueprint for venues like Le Poisson Rouge and SubCulture, Pam created a unique environment for both performer and audience in 2000 with Classical Café – a not for profit concert series under the auspices of the 92nd Street Y where classical music was enjoyed in a subterranean café setting. The results were highly encouraging and led to a focus on an even larger audience base with Governors Island becoming the perfect venue. The Rite of Summer Music Festival had its inaugural concert in July of 2011 and is entering its 10th season this summer.

In addition to her entrepreneurial skills and concertizing, Pam also teaches privately in New York, having served on the piano faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music for 10 years. She has also recorded two CDs -a solo album featuring Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Mozart’s Sonata in Bb Major, K.570, and an album of Mozart Sonatas for piano & violin with violinist, Christine Sohn. Her recording of solo Schubert works will be out later this year.

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The Rite of Summer Music Festival on Governors Island was founded in 2011 by pianists Pam Goldberg & Blair McMillen. Rite of Summer features free outdoor concerts of classical and cutting-edge contemporary music, performed by many of New York’s best-known soloists and ensembles.

The Rite of Summer Music Festival on Governors Island was founded in 2011 by pianists Pam Goldberg & Blair McMillen
Pam Goldberg, Esther Noh, Caitlin Sullivan and Allison Charney at Rite of Summer 2014

About Rite of Summer

These musicians, all of whom perform on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages, are excited about reaching a younger and more eclectic audience base on Governors Island. The festival’s “concert hall” is Nolan Park – a huge shaded grassy field where listeners are encouraged to sprawl out on blankets, picnic, and take in the great outdoors. Audiences of all ages are captivated by the series, the setting, the music, and the full Governors Island experience.

Read more on the Rite of Summer website