MAY 27, 7:00PM.




The Rites of Spring Music Festival returns to Custer Observatory,
presenting this 8th edition live performance outdoors under the NoFo sky!
New Music Under the Big Sky will take you on a journey to create an immersive musical evening like nothing you have experienced before. The performance features an exceptional trio, “Wild Tapestry” with Travis Laplante, saxes, Charles Overton, harp, and Eduardo Leandro, percussion. This group embodies the spirit of the new music culture and is dedicated to performing innovative, collaborative, and exciting works of living composers and the contemporary works from composers of the recent past. Whether you’re a classical lover or a lover of extraordinary experiences, this performance pushes the boundaries of a traditional music event and presents a very exciting evening of music and stargazing! New Music Under the Big Sky aims to bring people together and focus on what is happening today in the global arts world. Come and slow down with us, be immersed with music, lights and stars!

Following the concert, Observatory staff will provide guided tours of the night sky (weather permitting) through the many telescopes on site, including the apochromatic Zerochromat telescope in the Institute’s historic observation dome. 


$45 Adult, $30 Custer Observatory Members and Friends of R o S, Children Under 16 FREE. Attendance to this in-person performance will be limited – reserve your seats early! Due to the outdoor nature of this program, a rain date is scheduled for June 3 at 7:00pm. Register at


Please bring a blanket or chair to enjoy this outdoor presentation.


Note on the program by Travis Laplante

The initial spark for Wild Tapestry was lit during late April of 2021 after a conversation regarding the relationship and mutual inspiration between two musical luminaries: Miles Davis and Karlheinz Stockhausen. More specifically, the story of Davis citing Stockhausen as a prominent influence for his 1972 recording On the Corner, and how Stockhausen records were allegedly in regular rotation at Davis’s house during the early 1970s.

This program is about the beauty and mystery of how direct inspiration between musicians is translated into sound; from direct musical quotes to the intangible.

Wild Tapestry is one of the countless compositions that are publicly inspired by an important artist’s work. It warms my heart to actively give thanks to one of the great musical masters who has come before me and given their life to sound, reminding me that music is a tradition that has been passed from the ears of one person’s heart to the ears of another person’s heart for thousands of years.


The Rites of Spring Music Festival

presents New Music Under the Big Sky

Tickets, Sat, May 27, 2023 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite


1115 Main Bayview Rd., Southold, NY 11971



ON-GOING: Custer Observatory is open to the public for stargazing every Saturday from 7pm until midnight. Staff provide guided tours of the night sky through powerful telescopes (weather permitting). Suggested donation: $5 Adults, $3 Children under 12.

Note: Memorial Day through Labor Day our public stargazing hours will be Saturday nights from 8pm until midnight. 



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