NY musicians rally tonight for Nice in Times Square

NY musicians rally tonight for Nice in Times Square


norman lebrecht

July 21, 2016

Be there if you can. Message received:

TONIGHT 5:30PM: “New York Musicians Pray and Play for Nice”—Broadway Performers and Professional Musicians to Honor Victims of Bastille Day Attack

Times Square performance, led by Nice native, calls for courage and community

NEW YORK, NY—July 20, 2016—A week, almost to the hour, since the horrific Bastille Day tragedy in Nice, France, Broadway musicians and other NYC professional musicians will gather TOMORROW AT 5:30PM to play French anthems in Times Square.

This tribute will take place at the George M. Cohan statue in Times Square (47th Street and Seventh Avenue)—a gathering place like Nice’s Promenade des Anglais. Musicians will perform a repertoire including the French national anthem “La Marseillaise” and “Nissa La Bella,” the hymn of the city of Nice.

The event is being organized by trumpeter Dominic Darassee, an immigrant from Nice, currently playing inAn American in Paris, with involvement of the Consulate General of France in New York.

WHAT: A grassroots “flash mob” performance of La Marsaillaise, on the one week anniversary of the Bastille Day tragedy on the Nice Promenade.
WHO: 50-plus brass musicians currently performing on Broadway and elsewhere in NYC Organized by trumpeter and Nice native Dominic Darassee, currently playing in An American in Paris and founder of the FILMharmonic Orchestra, a 92-piece orchestra dedicated to the live performance of music written for film and television. His career on Broadway includes over 25 shows.
WHEN: Thursday, July 21, 2016, at 5.30 PM
WHERE: George M. Cohan statue, Times Square (47th Street and Seventh Avenue)