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Free Indoor Concert: Staten Island

Jun 19

St. George Theatre, Staten Island

This year’s Free Indoor Concert, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, takes place in Staten Island on a day of double celebration — Juneteenth and Father’s Day — offering families a performance by an ensemble of the Orchestra’s virtuosos.

There are no available tickets at this time; check back for returned tickets, and there will be in-person distribution of available tickets at the venue on the day of the concert.

Free Indoor Concert: Staten Island


4:00 PM





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St. George Theatre


Libation Ceremony


Jazz Selections

Various / Arr. M. Merriweather

Art Songs and Spirituals

Wynton Marsalis

A Fiddler’s Tale Suite (with the World Premiere of text by Mahogany L. Browne commissioned by the New York Philharmonic)

J.R. Johnson & J.W. Johnson / Arr. M. Merriweather

Lift Every Voice and Sing (with sing-along)


  • Tong Chen


    Tong Chen has quickly established herself as one of her generation’s most promising and exciting young conductors. Currently assistant conductor of the New Jersey Symphony, Chen is a regular guest conductor of numerous orchestras internationally. A protégé of the late Kurt Masur, Chen is the founder of “NOW,” a new music project to commission and perform compositions throughout different cultural backgrounds and genres. A prizewinner of the prestigious International Malko Conducting Competition, she is a proud participant of the 2020 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, postponed to March 2022. Her 2021–22 season highlights including a subscription week with the New Jersey Symphony, her St. Louis Symphony Orchestra debut, and an engagement with the National Symphony Orchestra, of Washington, DC.

  • Rev. Rhonda Akanke McLean-Nur


    Rev. Rhonda Akanke McLean-Nur is an actress, griot, storyteller, arts educator, interfaith minister, and a priestess in the Yoruba cultural tradition. She is a graduate of Howard University, with a BFA in theater, and attended graduate school at New York University and George Washington University, where she studied drama therapy. Rev. Rhonda also attended One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City, where she was ordained as an interfaith minister and spiritual counselor. She has travelled around the world as a performer and motivational speaker. Rev. Rhonda served as the director of Cultural Arts Programs for families living in temporary housing at The NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, and as an arts administrator and professional development facilitator and trainer at HAI and YAI. She currently works as a consultant with Blackberry Productions, Yaffa Arts, and her own company, Mama Akanke Arts and Consulting Services LLC. Her greatest joy is building community and access to healing through culture and the arts.  

    Learn more about Rev. Rhonda Akanke McLean-Nur
  • Elder Mahalet Susann Miles


    Susann Miles is a community-development and financial professional with a unique blend of business and creative acumen. She is a high-energy effective relationship builder with more than 25 years of management experience. Miles is an ordained Deacon at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, where she has also served as the director of the Blue Nile Rites of Passage Program and as a mentor and curriculum instructor. As a vocalist she sings and performs with various groups and choirs around the world; has appeared with Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, Barry Manilow, Carol King, Diana Ross, John Legend, and Jazz at Lincoln Center; and can be heard on a number of CDs. She is been part of the Gospel of Colonus ensemble, which performs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Susann Miles holds true to her Pan-African sprit and performs libations and African centered ceremonies. She an event planner who executed major events, film presentations, and other galas. Her most rewarding work is being a mother and grandmother who, with her family, lives in the Harlem Community.

    Learn more about Elder Mahalet Susann Miles
  • Susan Wagner High School Jazz Ensemble


    Paul Corn, Director
    Jaylin Rosado, Vocals
    Kevin McGetrick, Trombone
    Joseph Maniscalco, Guitar
    Dominic Carnival, Bass
    Antonio Toro Quinones, Drums

  • Laquita Mitchell


    Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim on eminent international opera and concert stages, leading performances with Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Opéra Comique in Paris, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Tanglewood Festival, Cleveland Orchestra, and Musicians from the New York Philharmonic, among many others. She was the soprano soloist in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road at Carnegie Hall with Oratorio Society of New York, a work nominated for a 2021 Grammy for Best Choral Performance. Born in Brooklyn, Mitchell makes her debut with the Spoleto Festival, Caramoor Festival, and the Chautauqua Symphony in the summer of 2022.

    Learn more about Laquita Mitchell
  • Noah Stewart


    Tenor Noah Stewart has performed as a guest artist with many of the most distinguished opera companies, both in the United States and Europe. His roles include Cavaradossi (in Puccini’s Tosca), Don Alvaro (Purcell’s Indian Queen), Don José (Bizet’s Carmen), Faust (Gounod’s Faust), Hoffmann (Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann), Ismaele (Verdi’s Nabucco), Luigi (Puccini’s Il tabarro), Nadir (Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers), Pinkerton (Puccini’s Madama Butterfly), Radamès (Verdi’s Aida), Rodolfo (Puccini’s La bohème), Romeo (Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette), Samson (Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Delilah), and Tamino (Mozart’s The Magic Flute). He has appeared with Atlanta Opera, Bolshoi Opera, Bregenz Festival, English National Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Göteborg Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Nederlandse Reisopera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Holland Park, Opera Perm, San Francisco Opera, Scottish Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Wexford Festival, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

    Learn more about Noah Stewart
  • Katherine George


  • Quan Ge


    Violinist Quan Ge joined the New York Philharmonic in June 2009. She is a top prize winner at the China National Violin Competition and Jeunesses International Music Competition in Romania, and has served as guest concertmaster with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

    Learn more about Quan Ge
  • Kuan Cheng Lu


    Violinist Kuan Cheng Lu joined the New York Philharmonic at the start of the 2004–05 season — the first Taiwanese classical musician to earn a seat in the Philharmonic in its 170-year history. Lu has received numerous awards and scholarships that include the top prize in the Taiwan National Violin Competition, first prize in the ASTA string competition, the Raphael Bronstein Award, and the Taiwan Chi-Mei Corporation’s Outstanding Young Artist award. He received his bachelor’s in music degree from Oberlin College, his master’s in music from the Manhattan School of Music, and his doctor of musical arts from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, and has studied with former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, Lisa Kim, Associate Principal, Second Violin Group, and Yoko Takebe. Other teachers have included Roland and Almita Vamos, Daniel Phillips, Julia Bushkova, as well as his father, Chung Chih Lu.

    Learn more about Kuan Cheng Lu
  • Andi Zhang


    Violinist Andi Zhang joined the New York Philharmonic in January 2019 while studying at the Manhattan School of Music with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. She has appeared as soloist with the Beijing, Qingdao, Harbin, and Hong Kong symphony orchestras; Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra; and Munich Radio Orchestra. She has performed in recital in the US, Canada, Germany, and Austria; recorded for film and television, CDs, and the China Central Television program Music Tells You; and led master classes.

    Learn more about Andi Zhang
  • Robert Rinehart


    Robert Rinehart, who joined the New York Philharmonic’s viola section in 1992, is a familiar figure on the New York chamber-music scene. He has appeared at the Spoleto, Vancouver Chamber Music, and Santa Fe Chamber Music festivals, and with Chamber Music Northwest and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A founding member of the Ridge String Quartet, Rinehart has performed in every major music center in the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Japan, and in Europe. He has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Rudolf Firkusny, and the Guarneri String Quartet, among others, and his chamber music recordings have received a Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations, and the Diapason d’Or.

    Learn more about Robert Rinehart
  • Nathan Vickery


    Lauded as a “formidable cello soloist” (The New York Times), cellist Nathan Vickery appears regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and at music festivals around the country. In a 2016 performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, he was celebrated for his “talent and artistry” and his “fresh and appealing account” of the work (The New York Times).

    Learn more about Nathan Vickery
  • Timothy Cobb


    Bassist Timothy Cobb joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Bass in May 2014, after serving as principal bass of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and principal bass of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra since 1989. He has appeared at numerous chamber music festivals worldwide, including the Marlboro Music festival, through which he has toured with the Musicians from Marlboro series. A faculty member of the Sarasota Music Festival, he is helping to launch a new bass program for the Killington Music Festival in Killington, Vermont. Cobb also serves as principal bass for Valery Gergiev’s World Orchestra for Peace, an invited group of musicians from around the world who donate their time biannually and perform to promote international harmony. Cobb has been designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace from his affiliation with the World Orchestra.

    Learn more about Timothy Cobb
  • Danny Mui


    Danny Mui is the second clarinet and bass clarinet of the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Prior to joining that ensemble, he served as principal clarinet of the Baton Rouge Symphony and third clarinet and utility clarinet in the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Mui has won prizes and received awards in numerous solo and chamber competitions, such as The Fischoff National Music Competition, National Arts and Letters Mid-Michigan Wind Competition, American Opera Society of Chicago Competition, Chicago Chamber Winds Competition, Evanston Music Club Competition, Jacqueline Event Concerto Competition, and Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition. 

    Learn more about Danny Mui
  • Sarah Bobrow


  • Matthew Muckey


    Matthew Muckey joined the Philharmonic in June 2006. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in music, studying with Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler. A native of Sacramento, California, he has appeared as soloist with the Omaha Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, California Wind Orchestra, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, and on NPR’s program, From the Top. He has also played with the Boston Pops Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Chicago Civic Orchestra. Muckey was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center during the summers of 2003 to 2005, and was the recipient of the Roger Voisin Award in 2004 and 2005.

    Learn more about Matthew Muckey
  • Daniel Schwalbach


  • Christopher S. Lamb


  • Nancy Allen


    Hailed by The New York Times as “a major artist” following her New York recital debut in 1975, Nancy Allen joined the New York Philharmonic in June of 1999 as Principal Harp. She maintains a busy international concert schedule as well as heading the harp departments of The Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and teaching at Stony Brook University. In addition, Allen appears regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In May 2000 Allen was featured in the Philharmonic’s US Premiere of Siegfried Matthus’s Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra, with Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur and Principal Flute Robert Langevin.

    Learn more about Nancy Allen
  • Sara Griffin


    Sara Griffin joined the New York Philharmonic as Assistant Principal Librarian in September 2009. A native of Springfield, Missouri, Griffin earned a bachelor of music and a doctor of musical arts degree in oboe from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a master in music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Learn more about Sara Griffin

Special Thanks

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

Major support for the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program is provided by Susan and Elihu Rose.

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. Activities are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


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