One of the jewels in the crown of NYC-summer is NY Philharmonic’s free outdoor concerts in the city’s parks. Thankfully they make their return soon, here are all the dates you need to mark in your calendar.
As if NYC music month couldn’t get any better, the NY Philharmonic announced it’s superlative summer schedule and we couldn’t be more excited. The performances stretch across all five boroughs, with four outdoor performances and one indoor (Staten Island, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden). Sadly, there is limited seating at the central park show (Great Lawn) so get there EARLY. If you’ve never experienced the power of one of the world’s greatest orchestras playing under the stars, then now’s your chance.
The concerts dominate mid-June, here’s the schedule:
June 13th @ 8:00 pm
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
June 14th @ 8:00 pm
Central Park, Great Lawn, Manhattan
June 15th @ 8:00 pm
Cunningham Park, Queens
June 16th @ 8:00 pm
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
June 18th @ 3:00 pm
The Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island
Stick around after each show for the fireworks that end-cap each performance in a truly spectacular fashion.
One important addition to this year’s show is a dash of audience participation. To bring a close to The New World Initiative, the Philharmonic will invite audiences to join them in community performances of “Goin’ Home” from the Largo movement of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, before the outdoor concerts in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn (June 13–16, 2017 see above… oh yeah, sorry Staten Island). Bring any instrument, including your vocal chords, parks to join in the performances, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, before the Orchestra performs the full symphony. Participation is encouraged for amateurs and professionals alike. Here’s “Going Gome” as performed by the HCHS Concert Choir …imagine this, but with the power and grace of the NY Philharmonic and a crowd of musical NYers!: