Tunes amid the trees at the Lloyd Center

Sep 27, 2021

Beethoven and banjos and sheet music blowing in the wind. On Sunday, “Music in the Woods” at the Lloyd Center for the Environment had it all.

The outdoor concert with four groups of musicians positioned along the Lloyd Center’s trails was a collaboration between the center and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. Rain delayed from Sept. 25 to 26, the event drew an audience of all ages.

Under a pop-up tent along a winding woodland path, cellist Peter Zay and violinist Travis Rapoza, dressed in jeans rather than symphony formal wear, played Beethoven. Briefly interrupting the concert, an autumn gust grabbed Rapoza’s sheet of music. Listeners offered no objection — it was simply part of the experience.

Across the grounds on another trail, a second duo from the symphony offered up a collection of classical, tango, and Celtic music.

Elsewhere, the Spindle Rock River Rats performed a range of bluegrass, folk and Western standards as kids ran about picnic tables and adults feasted on lobster rolls from the Oxcart food truck. Up in a marsh-side pavilion, Mattapoisett’s Jeff Angeley and a group of fiddlers, guitarists and banjo players – hailing from as far away as Greenfield and as close as Horseneck Road in Dartmouth — struck up tune after tune.