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PHOTOS: 50th Anniversary of Concerts in the Parks Continues in Central Park and Brooklyn

38,000 music lovers gathered in Manhattan’s Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for two of this summer’s New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, celebrating 50 years of priceless music, absolutely free. The 50th anniversary festivities included a Share the Stage pre-show performance by the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir and an exhibit exploring the Philharmonic’s history in Brooklyn. Charles Dutoit led both Philharmonic concerts, with soloist Renaud Capuçon and music by Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, and Ravel.

PHOTOS: 50th Anniversary of Concerts in the Parks Begins in Central Park

The New York Philharmonic and 55,000+ of its fans gathered in Central Park Wednesday for a night of musical fireworks (and actual fireworks) celebrating 50 years of the beloved New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. Music Director Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra played Barber, Rodgers, and Sousa, plus Bernstein with violinist Joshua Bell.

What Made Joshua Bell's 'Classical Music New York' for New York Post?

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Our good friend Joshua Bell has given a tour of his "Classical Music New York" to the New York Post, and we were a couple of the points on his map!

First up: the Great Lawn of Central Park, about which he recalled:

The New York Philharmonic has a series there in the summer — it was probably the largest audience I ever played for…. In August, 2001 I was going to play the 'West Side Story Suite' — quintessential New York — and it was thunderstorming like something out of 'The Wizard of Oz.' Literally five minutes before the concert, the sky cleared…Kristin Chenoweth was singing at that concert and we did a duet together. She and I ended up dating after that for a year.

Then, there's our home, Lincoln Center, where he joined in our Opening Gala Concert this past September:

At the after-dinner party, there was Alec Baldwin, and Kathleen Turner. Woody Allen was sitting behind me. I always thought he must be neurotically reclusive or something, but he was easy to talk to. I told him my parents saw him doing stand-up in New York [decades ago]. He seemed pleased.

Josh returns to Lincoln Center to perform with us starting Wed. (the run is Nov. 12–15 & 18) — he'll be the soloist in Glazunov's Violin Concerto. Join him, and us!

PHOTOS: Philharmonic Al Fresco

More than 144,000 New Yorkers and visitors gathered in NYC's five boroughs to hear the Philharmonic during the ever-popular Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Audiences were rapt for Principal Cello Carter Brey's stirring performances of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra delivered powerful accounts of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, and beautiful sunsets and Bay Fireworks accompanied the New York skyline.

Re-live highlights from the Concerts in the Parks through the Virtual Tour.

PHOTOS: Casey and Carey at the Bat

On Saturday, the Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert headed to Central Park to share the stage with pop sensation Mariah Carey and baseball legend Joe Torre for the MLB All-Star Charity Concert benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief.

Who's on First?

Mr. Met

Alan Gilbert on the mound … Behind him, the New York Philharmonic … Skipper Joe Torre looks on from the dugout … Mariah Carey steps into the batter’s box … Home run! Everyone wins when this stellar lineup assembles for the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity Concert — especially Superstorm Sandy Relief, the event’s beneficiary. The concert — on Central Park’s Great Lawn on Saturday, July 13, three days before the All-Star Game at Citi Field — is free, but tickets are required. Visit AllStarGame.com/Concert for general-admission seating beginning this Wednesday, June 26.

If you can’t wait, you can get V.I.P. tix today by showing some love for the Phil. New donors giving $500 or more to the New York Philharmonic can receive two (or more) seats in a special section close to the stage. Tickets are limited so step up to the plate now! Check out the details here.

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