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The Museum of Modern Art established Summergarden in 1971. In keeping with MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden, this year’s concert series once again welcomes the participation of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Titled New Music for New York, the series comprises four evenings of adventurous contemporary music, with premieres each night. Juilliard concerts are performed by members of The New Juilliard Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Joel Sachs, who has assembled two distinctive programs of recent compositions, all of which are enjoying their New York premieres. Jazz at Lincoln Center has selected two up-and-coming jazz ensembles whose concerts emphasize original works, each with one world premiere.

Tonight's Musical Performance
The pianist and composer Aaron Diehl is committed to unearthing the treasures of the jazz aesthetic through collaborative efforts with musicians across generations. The 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association, he has won many other accolades and awards. His trio displays the delightful, easygoing confidence of an ensemble whose personalities are in perfect harmony. Mr. Diehl will premiere a new composition at Summergarden. He writes, “My compositions focus on the musicians with whom I perform, featuring them in various contexts while continuously highlighting the ensemble dynamic. My personal aesthetic draws on a broad range of influences in the language of jazz.”

Summergarden is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sculpture Garden may close if attendance reaches maximum capacity. Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West 54 Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The Sculpture Garden opens at 7:00 p.m., and concerts start at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately one hour to 90 minutes. The Sculpture Garden closes at 10:00 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, and the Museum’s 54 Street entrance will open at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition galleries are closed during Summergarden. The Garden Bar sells gelato and seasonal sorbetto from Il Laboratorio del Gelato, with sweet and savory treats from Cafe 2. Prosecco, New York State wines, American craft beer, specialty coffees, and bottled water are also available for purchase. In the event of rain, refreshments are not available.

Volkswagen of America

Summergarden is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Major annual support for Summergarden is provided by The Ethel P. Shein Fund for Music at MoMA, which is generously funded by Agnes Gund and by Paul D. Shein and family, in memory of Ethel P. Shein.

For more live music at MoMA this summer, visit during MoMA Nights.