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Concerts in the Parks

Concerts in the Parks – Prospect Park


Prospect Park

Price Range



1 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Jun, 2018

Friday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Long Meadow Ballfields, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Enter at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West at 9th Street, or Bartel-Pritchard Circle at the intersection of Prospect Park West, Prospect Park Southwest, and 15th Street.

For weather and other updates, call the Concert Information Hotline at (212) 875-5709.

YAI will be operating an accessibility section for all Concerts in the Parks. This does not include the Free Indoor Concert in Staten Island. Please call (212) 273-6181 or email ulli.fenninger@yai.org for details.



Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah


Jordan Millar

Boogie Down Uptown


Camryn Cowan

Harlem Shake



Three Dance Episodes from On the Town





James Gaffigan


James Gaffigan


James Gaffigan


Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. He is currently chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (where he will conclude his tenure in 2021) and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (a post recently extended for the third time). Since joining the Lucerne Symphony, Mr. Gaffigan has made a very significant impact on the orchestra’s profile, both nationally and internationally, through a number of highly successful tours and recordings. Passionate about music education, he was recently appointed music director designate of the Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra, effective 2021.

Mr. Gaffigan is in high demand with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. The 2019–20 season features re-invitations to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, and Czech Philharmonic, as well as debuts with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He undertakes three major opera productions in the United States: Rossini’s La Cenerentola at The Metropolitan Opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at Santa Fe Opera.

Recent symphonic highlights include appearances with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Vienna Symphony, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In North America he has worked with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Toronto symphony orchestras, among others. Opera highlights include conducting at the Bavarian Staatsoper, Dutch National Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Festival, Hamburg Opera, and Opernhaus Zürich.

In 2004 James Gaffigan was named First Prize winner of the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. In 2009, he completed a three-year tenure as associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, a position specially created for him by Michael Tilson Thomas. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Gaffigan served as assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra under music director Franz Welser Möst.

Learn more about James Gaffigan
Special Thanks

The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks are presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

MetLife Foundation, Citi, and Emirates Airline are Major Corporate Sponsors of Concerts in the Parks.

Concerts in the Parks are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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