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PHOTOS: 2017 Concerts in the Parks

The 52nd summer of the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, brought almost 100,000 music lovers to hear the New York Philharmonic perform for free in every New York City borough. In his final appearances in New York as Music Director, Alan Gilbert led masterworks by Dvořák, Bernstein, and Gershwin — all written in New York and premiered by the Philharmonic. Local bands gave pre-concert performances, and audiences joined the Orchestra in community performances of the “Goin’ Home” theme from Dvořák’s New World Symphony, all part of The New World Initiative and the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season celebration of its hometown.

The New York Philharmonic Wants YOU

The New World Initiative — the Philharmonic’s season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvořák’s New World Symphony through performances, community outreach, and education projects on the occasion of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season — is heading for an exciting finale.

At this year’s New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, we invite you to join the Orchestra in a community performance of the “Goin’ Home” theme from the Largo movement of Dvořák’s New World Symphony before the concerts in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, June 13–16. Music Director Alan Gilbert — in his final New York performances as Music Director — will conduct the crowd before leading the Orchestra in the complete symphony during the concerts.

Bring any instrument, and/or your voice. Novices are just as welcome as professionals. The simple, beautiful theme will be taught to the crowd beforehand, and vocal and instrumental parts will be available online before the concerts at newworldinitiative.com.

Throughout the 2016–17 season, 114 musical ensembles from all five boroughs, totaling more than 1,000 musicians, participated in The New World Initiative by performing the New World Symphony, selections from it, arrangements of it, or reinterpretations of it. The New World Symphony was introduced to 15,000 students and teachers at the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts for Schools, and the Philharmonic’s Facebook Live broadcast of its Opening Gala Concert featuring the New World Symphony received 150,000 views.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Touring New York City

After back-to-back performances in Central Park, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic took the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer — with major corporate support from MetLife Foundation, Citi, and Emirates Airline — on the road, bringing priceless music, absolutely free, to Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Before the Orchestra performed works by Rossini, Mozart, Richard Strauss, and others, each concert was preceded by an appearance by a band from each borough through Share the Stage, the Philharmonic’s initiative to salute the diversity of New York City's resident musicians.

2016 Concerts in the Parks Begin in Central Park

The New York Philharmonic's Concerts in the Parks are back for another summer of beautiful music under the stars. The 51st season kicked off this week with two concerts on Central Park's Great Lawn, drawing more than 63,000 music lovers over two nights. The first night opened with a tribute to the victims of the Orlando tragedy. Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill was the soloist in Mozart's lyrical Clarinet Concerto, and Music Director Alan Gilbert led the New York Philharmonic — plus four New York Philharmonic Global Academy students having the opportunity of a lifetime — in music by Beethoven, plus R. Strauss and Wagner. 

PHOTOS: Concerts in the Parks Conclude in Queens and Staten Island

The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, wrapped up this week with an all-American program led by Music Director Alan Gilbert in Queens's Cunningham Park, and a Free Indoor Concert in Staten Island featuring Musicians from the New York Philharmonic. Special for the 50th anniversary was Share the Stage pre-show entertainment: jazz percussionist Steven Kroon warmed up the crowd in Queens, and folk musicians Bob Conroy and Norm Pederson with Bill Doerge welcomed the Staten Island audience.

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.

Concerts in the Parks Scavenger Hunt: Staten Island Clues

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Last week we launched the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks 50th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt with five clues each for Manhattan and Brooklyn. Congrats to sisters @mauiiwowwie (on Twitter) and @jilliansadsad (on Instagram), joint Grand Prize winners for Manhattan, and @sim_inthecity (on Instagram), Grand Prize winner for Brooklyn!

Staten Island, you're up! The Grand Prize includes two VIP passes for the Free Indoor Concert in Staten Island on June 24, a deluxe Picnycs basket, and two tickets to a subscription concert next season. Full details and instructions.

Staten Island Clues

  1. The first Staten Island venue for Concerts in the Parks was this park in the Sunnyside neighborhood. Take a photo there and post with #nypparks50!
  2. On March 12, 1957, the Philharmonic, led by Dimitri Mitropoulos, performed at this grand Art Deco theater on Bay Street, which has been shuttered for more than 25 years. Take a photo there and post with #nypparks50!
  3. From 1995 to 2002, the Philharmonic performed at this former Army Air Corps base, now a recreational area. Take a photo there and post with #nypparks50!
  4. This year the Philharmonic performs at the Music Hall of this former “haven for aged, decrepit and worn out sailors.” Take a photo there and post with #nypparks50!
  5. As part of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Concerts in the Parks, this summer local musicians open for the Philharmonic in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. The Staten Island opening act are folk musicians from this living history village and museum complex. Take a photo there and post with #nypparks50!

Happy hunting!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

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