The New York Philharmonic is New York City’s hometown orchestra, so who better to kick off WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert — the August 21 star-studded concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn, produced by New York City, Clive Davis, and Live Nation that begins at 5:00 p.m. ET — celebrating the Big Apple’s comeback after the pandemic.
After the Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, opens the concert with a new New York Medley, arranged by William Ross, and Bernstein’s Candide Overture, they’ll be joined by two stellar vocalists. Tenor Andrea Bocelli, who last performed with the Orchestra in Central Park in 2011, will sing ’O sole mio and You’ll Never Walk Alone from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. The Philharmonic closes its set with its first-ever collaboration with Jennifer Hudson — winner of honors including Academy and Grammy Awards and the star of the new Aretha Franklin biopic — singing Nessun dorma from Puccini’s Turandot, which the queen of soul herself once sang on the Grammys.
WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert is a highlight of NYC Homecoming Week, August 14–22, which also features cultural events, free movie screenings, Restaurant Week, and more. Learn about the week’s activities as well as concert VIP packages (with premium location, VIP entrance, private restrooms, concessions with specialty food and drink options, and more) at nyc.gov/homecomingweek.
Can’t make it in person? No worries! You can catch the five-hour extravaganza live beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español; you can also watch it without a cable login on CNN.com and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Chromecast, and Roku.
Nessun dorma from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Adami, and Renato Simoni, arranged by Steven Mercurio published by Casa Ricordi, a Universal Music Publishing Classical company