“In all probability” last performance of Washington Square Music Festival on favored stage at Washington Sq Park

Charles Mingus Orchestra at Washington Sq Park '08

Charles Mingus Orchestra at Washington Sq Park

Peggy Friedman, long-time executive director of the Washington Square Music Festival, sent in this photo from the final performance of this season with this note:

“On July 29, members of the world-famed Charles Mingus Orchestra played jazz by the master on the stage in Washington Square. In all probability it was the last concert for the Washington Square Music Festival on this stage, a perfect site for musical and theatrical performances because of its height and railing. Mr. Mingus’ widow, Sue Mingus is on stage audience left.”

To read about what New York City’s redesign as it stands now does to this stage area, read Part II of our Update on NYC’s Redesign of Washington Square Park. This includes a report back from the Washington Square Park Task Force meeting in which the community and board members of the WSP Music Festival discussed why the new design doesn’t work. The NYC Parks Department took in no input from those who use the stage. But there’s still time! And, ideally, the suggestions offered at the Task Force meeting will be implemented and the Parks Department will turn over a new leaf, so to speak.


In case you were wondering, Part VII, the final piece in the “update” series, is coming tomorrow!


Photo credit: Nan Melville