What is Bargemusic in Brooklyn & Why You Need To Go

Cellist playing at Bargemusic in BrooklynFloating gently on the East River in Brooklyn, New York, Bargemusic invites visitors to enjoy a night of wonderful sights and sounds right on the water. Founded in 1977, this 102-foot long coffee-bean barge was transformed into a concert hall and now offers year-round performances of classical chamber music, complete with a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Featuring wood paneling, a fireplace, and only 125 seats, Bargemusic offers a relaxing, comfortable, and intimate atmosphere that’s ideal for enjoying a show. The next time you visit the borough, treat your special someone to a romantic and musical evening at Bargemusic in Brooklyn.

What You’ll See at Bargemusic in Brooklyn

Located just 20 minutes from At Home in Brooklyn, a trip to this ship is the perfect way to spend an evening. Whether you’re a classical music lover or just want to experience a night out on the town, Bargemusic offers an eclectic mix of music for audiences of all ages and is open all year long. Here are some things you should know about the Barge.

History of Bargemusic

In 1976, 57-year-old Olga Bloom gave up her career as a violinist and decided to create New York City’s floating concert hall. She chose a steel barge that had been built in 1899 and had served as a working vessel in the New York harbor, delivering sacks of coffee. She spent a year refurbishing the boat (changing its color from a dismal railroad green to sparkling white), then had it towed to its current home at the Fulton Ferry Landing.

Years later in 2005, Olga turned the business over to Mark Peskanov and made him the president and artistic director of Bargemusic, who has since curated over 3,000 chamber concerts in a vast range of genres and styles. Today, under the leadership of Bloom and Peskanov, Bargemusic continues to evolve as an influential and integral part of the cultural life in New York.

Upcoming Events

With more than 200 chamber concerts annually, Bargemusic offers tons of opportunities for visitors to enjoy a night on the river. More than 100 artists perform here each year, with an expansive roster of regulars as well as visiting ensembles and soloists presenting contemporary and traditional music. The Barge also features admission-free Neighborhood Family Concerts on Saturday afternoons, where guests can enjoy a one-hour performance as well as a post-show Q&A session with the musicians. Be sure to check the Bargemusic schedule for more information on upcoming events and concerts.

Book Your Stay with At Home in Brooklyn

After the show, indulge with a delicious dinner at the River Café in Brooklyn, an award-winning waterfront eatery that’s one of the best restaurants near Bargemusic. Then, take the short trip back to our Brooklyn bed and breakfast and rest up in one of our beautiful rooms or suites, or enjoy a nightcap on our spacious patio. We can’t wait to hear about your night on the barge!

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