New York Philharmonic in Central Park 2012

This year’s scheduled performance by the New York Philharmonic on Central Park’s Great Lawn promises to be another great opportunity to enjoy great music under the stars at the center of Manhattan.Performances begin at 8 p.m., so if you want seating close to the stage, plan to arrive about 2 hours early — if you’re less particular, and depending on the size of your group, you can arrive up until the show begins.

Great Lawn in Central Park, Manhattan
Friday, July 13, 2012

New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert
– Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4
– Respighi – Fountains of Rome
– Respighi – Pines of Rome

Great Lawn in Central Park, Manhattan
Monday, July 16, 2012

New York Philharmonic conducted by Andrey Boreyko
James Ehnes on Violin

– Lyadov – Polonaise in Memory of A.S. Pushkin
– Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto
– Brahms – Symphony No. 1

Directions:Westside entrances: West 81st or 86th Streets at Central Park West; Eastside entrances: East 79th or 85th Streets at Fifth Avenue

Things to Bring:

  • Food and drink (alcohol is generally tolerated, but there are police around, so keep it low-key)
  • Candles (it gets dark as the night goes on and it can be difficult to see your companions)
  • Jacket or Sweater (after the sun sets, the temperature can drop and you’ll be happy to have it)
  • Bug spray to keep mosquitoes away (citronella candles can also do double duty)
  • Balloons are a good way to help you find your friends (cell phones work too) [Please dispose of your balloons in the trash — releasing them into the air is essentially littering and can be harmful to wildlife.]
  • Blankets to sit on (a plastic garbage bag makes a great liner between your blanket/beach towel and the moist ground)

New York Philharmonic in Central Park 2010

This year’s scheduled performance by the New York Philharmonic on Central Park’s Great Lawn promises to be another great opportunity to enjoy great music under the stars at the center of Manhattan.Performances begin at 8 p.m., so if you want seating close to the stage, plan to arrive about 2 hours early — if you’re less particular, and depending on the size of your group, you can arrive up until the show begins.

2010 Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks Schedule
Concerts in the Parks – Great Lawn in Central Park, Manhattan
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 8 PM
Program:
New York Philharmonic
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
• Tchaikovsky – Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
• Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
• Ravel – Boléro
• Intermission
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Long Yu, conductor
Lang Lang, piano
Ying Huang, soprano
Changyong Liao, baritone
• Wagner – Overture to Tannhäuser
• Rossini – Largo al factotum della città from The Barber of Seville
• Gounod – “Je veux vivre” from Romeo and Juliet
• Mozart – “La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni
• Jin Fizai – Go and See the World
• Gershwin – Rhapsody in BlueConcerts in the Parks – Great Lawn in Central Park, Manhattan
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 8 PM
Program:
New York Philharmonic
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Branford Marsalis, saxophone*
• Liadov – Baba-Yaga
• Glazunov – Concerto for Alto Saxophone
• Schulhoff/Bennett – Hot-Sonate for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
• Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet (selections)
Directions: Westside entrances: West 81st or 86th Streets at Central Park West; Eastside entrances: East 79th or 85th Streets at Fifth Avenue

Things to Bring:

  • Food and drink (alcohol is generally tolerated, but there are police around, so keep it low-key)
  • Candles (it gets dark as the night goes on and it can be difficult to see your companions)
  • Jacket or Sweater (after the sun sets, the temperature can drop and you’ll be happy to have it)
  • Bug spray to keep mosquitoes away (citronella candles can also do double duty)
  • Balloons are a good way to help you find your friends (cell phones work too) [Please dispose of your balloons in the trash — releasing them into the air is essentially littering and can be harmful to wildlife.]
  • Blankets to sit on (a plastic garbage bag makes a great liner between your blanket/beach towel and the moist ground)

New York Philharmonic and Mahler on the Great Lawn

Last Friday’s performance of the Philharmonic on the Central Park’s Great Lawn may not have offered the perfect weather and balmy breezes of Tuesday’s performance, but the orchestra, under the direction of Alan Gilbert, more than compensated – with dramatic, if ultimately unwanted, special effects supplied by an eminent summer storm.

The first set featured Nathan Gunn with an assured and evocative vocal interpretation of Copland’s “Old American Songs”.  As the light waned the crows settled back and enjoyed the music, gray skies notwithstanding.  By the beginning of the second set, Mahler’s First Symphony, the sun had set.  The slow build up of the orchestral work was mirrored by the dropping pressure and rising wind.  One dramatic crescendo was reached almost simultaneously as a impressive bolt of lightning cracked across the south end of the Great Lawn.  Unfortunately this also heralded the coming onslaught of summer showers and soon afterwards Mr. Gilbert was forced, grudgingly to give o’er to the growing storm.  This also meant no fireworks, besides those provided by nature.

The event, as ever, amazed me by the almost effortless manner in which 40,000 plus people enter the park, settle themselves and share one of New York City’s most special traditions.  Special kudos also to the New York Philharmonic  organization for their brilliant management of the event.

Philharmonic in Central Park Program Update

The program has changed for the July 17th performance of the New York Philharmonic in Central Park.

Alan Gilbert, Music Director Designate- the Philharmonic in Central Park

Alan Gilbert, Music Director Designate- the Philharmonic in Central Park

The orchestra will be performing Copland’s Old American Songs, with the second set featuring Nathan Gunn and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. There will not be any Mozart Arias. The Philharmonic is also inviting audience members to “Vote for Your Encore” via text message. The winning selection will be announced by Alan Gilbert and performed for the conclusion of the concert. As always the fireworks display will immediately follow.

New York Philharmonic In Central Park 2009

The schedule for this year’s concerts in Central Park has been announced – there will be two concerts in July on the 14th and 17th. Both will be followed by the annual fireworks display above the Great Lawn.

The 14th will feature Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, Jupiter – Mozart finished his Symphony No. 40 in late July, 1788; a mere 16 days later, he had completed the present Symphony No. 41—an amazing achievement by any measure.  The second piece featured will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 – Beethoven’s most instantly appealing symphony was first performed in Vienna in 1813, at a benefit concert for Austrian soldiers who had been wounded in the Napoleonic wars.  The driving energy and sheer exuberance of Beethoven’s Seventh sweeps everyone along before it—from the suspenseful opening to the whirlwind ending, where every part of you will feel like dancing.

July 17th will feature selections by Copland as well as selected arias from Mozart with baritone Nathan Gunn.  The concert will finish with Symphony 1 by Mahler.   

Both performances will be conducted by Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, beginning in the 2009-10 season, the only native New Yorker to hold the post.

Performances begin at 8 p.m., so if you want seating close to the bandshell, plan to arrive at least 2 hours early — if you’re less particular, and depending on the size of your group, you can arrive up until the show begins.

Things to Bring:

* Food and drink (alcoholic beverages are not permitted in Central Park)
* Candles (it gets dark as the night goes on and it can be difficult to see your companions)
* Jacket or Sweater (after the sun sets, the temperature can drop and you’ll be happy to have it)
* Insect repellent to keep the bugs at bay away (citronella candles can also do double duty)
* Blankets to sit on (a plastic garbage bag makes a great liner between your blanket/beach towel

The Philharmonic Concerts end with a brilliant fireworks display and this year’s promises to be one of the most spectacular ever.