Philharmonic in Central Park 2014

Concerts in the Parks 2012Concerts in Central Park — July 11th+14th, 2014 Priceless Music, Absolutely Free

The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, have become an iconic New York summer experience since they began in 1965, transforming parks throughout the city into a patchwork of picnickers and providing music lovers with an opportunity to hear the best classical music under the stars. This summer, Music Director Alan Gilbert leads five free outdoor concerts, including a program featuring violinist Joshua Bell performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and New York Philharmonic musicians give a Free Indoor Concert at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Fireworks by Bay Fireworks will follow the performances in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. Major corporate support for the 2014 New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks and the Free Indoor Concert has been provided by Time Warner Inc.

July 4th weekend in Central Park 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014 Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden at Conservatory Garden (in Central Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Learn about the thousands of trees, flowers, shrubs, and perennials that decorate the Garden from the Conservancy horticulturalists who take care of this special place within the Park. Category: Nature, History, Tours Free!

July 5th Central Park Tour: North Woods at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan

12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m. View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the “Manhattan Adirondacks.” Category: Nature, History, Tours Free!

July 5th Central Park Tour: Belvedere’s Kingdom at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan

2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m. Take a walk around the landscapes dominated by historic Belvedere Castle, situated high on Vista Rock. Category: Education, History, Tours

July 5th SummerStage Presents: Teddy Afro / Noura Mint Seymali / HaHu Dance Crew at Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park), Manhattan

3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Raised by musical parents, it was apparent at an early age that Tewodros Kassahun, (now know as Teddy Afro) had a deep love of music. Category: Concerts, Dance Free!

July 5th Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing at Delacorte Theater (in Central Park), Manhattan

8:00 p.m. Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado… Category: Theater, Free Summer Theater, Shakespeare in the Parks Free!

Sunday, July 6, 2014 Pier Kids: Wildlife Theater at Pier 6 (in Brooklyn . . . → Read More: July 4th weekend in Central Park 2014

Shakespeare in the Park 2014 – Much Ado About Nothing

A brilliant new production of “Much Ado About Nothing” opened at the Delcorte Theater in Central Park this week starring Hamish Linklater and Beatrice Rabe. Along with John Glover, Paco Lozano, David Manis, Kathryn Meisle, Ismenia Mendes, Brian Stokes Mitchell, John Pankow and Pedro Pascal they light up the summer night as Beatrice and Benedick treat each other with mocking disdain that transforms into true love by plays end.

Central Park becomes sun-drenched Sicily at the turn of the last century, where the heat of summer ignites the fevered passions of lovesick ladies in corsets and pining gentlemen spying from the verandah. Three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien directs this delightful skirmish of wit between two self-declared bachelors tricked by their mischief-making friends into falling in love against their will and in spite of their own hearts. John Lee Beatty’s orchard-estate set frames Belvedere Castle as a skyline for the Italian city, while Jeff Croiter’s lighting takes us from day to dreamy night.

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Summerstage Gala 2014 – the Music of the Beatles!

On Tuesday, June 3, City Parks Foundation presented the 2014 SummerStage Gala in Central Park. Honoring Andrew Tisch with the 2014 People and Parks Award, the evening helped raise significant funds to support CPF’s year round free arts, sports, and education programs. The clouds broke right on schedule and the crowd was treated to a brilliant rainbow to start the evenings festivities, This year’s concert featured the music of THE BEATLES. An all star line up of GE Smith and his all star band, Jon Batiste, David Broza, Paula Cole, Marshall Crenshaw, Philip Bailey, Southside Johnny, Willie Nile & Teddy Thompson ripped through a fast paced set that immediately had the crowd on its feet dancing the entire evening.

GE Smith kicked off the show with a rocking version of 8 Days A Week and laid down the gauntlet for the rest of the following artists to bring their A game – and they did! Highlights included downtown music legend Willie Nile‘s killer rendition of A Hard Days Night followed by Israeli singer-songwriter, David Broza’s igniting the crowd with Twist and Shout. Paula Cole kept the party going with Get Back with Marshall Crenshaw‘s inspired version of a lesser known gem from the Yellow Submarine Album – It’s All Too Much. The first half of the show finished with Wille Nile joining Crenshaw on Some Other Guy.

After GE got the second set started with She Said, She Said . . . → Read More: Summerstage Gala 2014 – the Music of the Beatles!

Central Park Summerstage Schedule for 2014

Central Park Summerstage Schedule for 2014 . . . → Read More: Central Park Summerstage Schedule for 2014