Twice this month, Park Slope’s portion of Fifth Avenue will become a sprawling, open-air music festival.
From Dean Street to 18th Street on Oct. 22 and 29, musicians will perform New Orleans jazz, classical music, folk and, in one case, the Balkan flute. The 32 performers, including Hasan Bakr (pictured), will be spaced far enough apart so that the chamber music doesn’t become world music, or vice-versa.
The night of street music is one of a growing list of conferences, readings, concerts and other events put on by the Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, which is hoping to give a boost to the local Mom and Pop stores.
The better news is that the music will actually be good, said Irene LoRe, executive director of the BID. The musicians are faculty members of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, which is, dare we say it, based on Seventh Avenue.
“These are accomplished musicians,” said LoRe. “It won’t be like a bad karaoke night where you have to order a drink to dull the sound of the music.”
“Music on the Streets,” Oct. 22 and 29, 6:30-8 pm on Fifth Avenue between Dean and 18th streets in Park Slope. For info, call (718) 768-0001. — Sabrina Jaszi