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Bryant Park Is Hosting 25 Incredible Free Outdoor Concerts This Summer

Featuring the New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub and the Classical Theater of Harlem!

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

Bryant Park Is Hosting 25 Incredible Free Outdoor Concerts This Summer

If you’re still missing iconic NYC cultural institutions, don’t worry, they’ll be back this summer — just moving outdoors!

Lincoln Center is bringing performances from the New York City Ballet and Metropolitan Opera out to its giant lawn, the NYC “Open Culture” program is hosting pop-up performances on city streets, and now Bryant Park will be the home of 25 stunning concerts this summer.

The Park first announced the news in the New York Times, saying that from June to September they will welcome programs from the likes of the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, the Classical Theater of Harlem, Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Town Hall.

“Thinking ahead to the summer, we thought, the concert halls are probably still going to be closed,” Dan Biederman, the president of the Bryant Park Corporation, told the Times. “Let’s play the same role, making Midtown more cheerful and drawing people to whatever extent we can.”

The capacity of the concerts will be 2,000 people, and though they are free to attend, reservations will be required to attend (though many will be livestreamed as well). In addition to a reserved ticket, attendees will need to be either fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be able to present a negative COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated guests under 16 years old will be allowed to enter if they are accompanied by a vaccinated guardian, but they will also need a ticket.

Besides the big-name New York institutions shared above, other performances will be from: Elisa Monte Dance, Harlem Stage, National Sawdust, New York Chinese Cultural Center, Limón Dance Company and Greenwich House Music School.

And, New York City Opera singers will perform a Pride concert on June 18.

Below is the full schedule (all performances start at 7 p.m.). Free tickets will be available to reserve approximately 10 days ahead of each show.

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June
June 09: New York Philharmonic
June 10: New York Philharmonic*
June 11: New York Philharmonic*
June 12: New York Philharmonic*
June 18: New York City Opera – Pride in the Park
June 25: New York Chinese Cultural Center
June 26: Joe’s Pub – Mykal Kilgore

July
July 02: New York City Opera – Carmen
July 09: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely
July 16: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Spanish Harlem Orchestra
July 23: Carnegie Hall Citywide – The Knights
July 30: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Adrienne Warren and Friends
July 31: Greenwich House Music School – Riley Mulherkar and Ella Bric (Linda Briceño)

August
August 06: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Terence Blanchard and The E-Collective
August 12: Harlem Stage – Craig Harris’s Nocturnal Nubian Ball…: A Tribute to Sun Ra
August 13: Jazz at Lincoln Center – Dizzy’s Club: Artists TBA
August 14: Jazz at Lincoln Center – Dizzy’s Club: Artists TBA
August 16: The Limón Dance Company and Music from the Sole
August 20: Paul Taylor Dance Company and Elisa Monte Dance
August 21: New York City Opera – Now That’s What I Call Opera!
August 27: Save the Date – Dance Performance TBA

September
September 03: New York City Opera – Rigoletto
September 10: Classical Theatre of Harlem
September 17: National Sawdust – Allison Loggins-Hull’s Diametrically Composed
September 20: The Town Hall – Centennial Concert featuring Chris Thile and special guests

*The New York Philharmonic performance will be livestreamed only on Wed, June 9

See their website for any further details. We can’t wait!

featured image source: Bryant Park / Ryan Muir – Emerging Music Festival

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