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All concerts and events through June 13, 2021 are cancelled. Learn more about our response to COVID-19. Support the Philharmonic by donating your tickets.

Concerts in the Parks @ Home Musician Slideshow

More than 14 million people have attended the free New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks since they began in 1965, but only a select few have experienced them from the musicians’ perspective. As promised, here’s a sample of the view from the stage.

Don’ t forget: tonight is our star-studded broadcast, the culmination of Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, our week-long celebration of the beloved summer series that has brought 14 million New Yorkers together for priceless music under the stars, absolutely free, since 1965. While you watch, recreate the classic Concerts in the Parks experience using this downloadable prep-your-picnic checklist, tonight’s program, and these Zoom backgrounds.

And in case you missed it: check out this slideshow of the past 50+ years of Concerts in the Parks; the virtual archival exhibits Top 10 Concerts in the Parks Moments and Priceless Music, Absolutely Free; and al fresco performances by bass trombonist George Curran and oboist Robert Botti.

Concerts in the Parks @ Home Slideshow

Tonight won’t be just any night. Tonight is our broadcast that is at the center of Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. The superstar soloists are violinist Joshua Bell (performing music from, you guessed it, West Side Story), Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, and the Philharmonic, including selections performed by the musicians at a social distance and led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden. The broadcast culminates our week-long celebration of the beloved summer series that has brought 14 million New Yorkers together for priceless music under the stars, absolutely free, since 1965. 

To set the mood, flip through this slideshow of photos from 50+ years of the Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Parks. (You can check out the musicians’ point of view in their slideshow.)

While we can’t convene with our fellow New Yorkers in person this summer, we can gather virtually — not only with our neighbors, but with anyone across the country and around the world. Where will you be tuning in? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube (#nypparksathome), and we’ll pin your city on our global tune-in map

While you watch, recreate the classic Concerts in the Parks experience using this downloadable prep-your-picnic checklist, tonight’s program, and these Zoom backgrounds.

And in case you missed it: check out the virtual archival exhibits Top 10 Concerts in the Parks Moments and Priceless Music, Absolutely Free, plus al fresco performances by bass trombonist George Curran and oboist Robert Botti.

Concerts in the Parks @ Home Archival Exhibits

Today in Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer — an online celebration of the beloved, free summertime series — we unveil two virtual exhibits by the New York Philharmonic Archives, in partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

We recommend starting with Top 10 Concerts in the Parks:

Then, to learn about how it all began, dive into Priceless Music, Absolutely Free:

In case you missed it: check out outdoor performances by bass trombonist George Curran and oboist Robert Botti; a global tune-in map; a downloadable prep-your-picnic checklist; and Zoom backgrounds.

Stay tuned for photo slideshows and, of course, the star-studded broadcast tomorrow (Thursday, June 25) at 7:30 PM EDT on Facebook and YouTube.

Oboist Robert Botti Plays Outdoors for Concerts in the Parks @ Home


New York Philharmonic oboist Robert Botti performs — what else — Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone, the composer behind iconic films such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Untouchables. Robert is joined by the birds out in Mount Kisco in Westchester, NY. His outdoor performance is part of Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, our way of recreating the magic of the beloved annual series of free outdoor concerts across the city.

In case you missed it: check out bass trombonist George Curran’s outdoor performance; two Concerts in the Parks archival exhibits on Google Arts & Culture (Top 10 Concerts in the Parks and Priceless Music, Absolutely Free); a global tune-in map; a downloadable prep-your-picnic checklist; and Zoom backgrounds.

Stay tuned for photo slideshows and, of course, the star-studded broadcast tomorrow (Thursday, June 25) at 7:30 PM EDT on Facebook and YouTube.

Bass Trombone George Curran Plays Outdoors for Concerts in the Parks @ Home


New York Philharmonic Bass Trombone George Curran heads outdoors, the ideal venue for a performance of Steven Verhelst’s Hymn for Planet Earth (on George’s 2017 album, Vital Signs). His outdoor performance is part of Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, our way of recreating the magic of the beloved annual series of free outdoor concerts across the city.

In case you missed it: the four-day Concerts in the Parks @ Home celebration began yesterday with a downloadable prep-your-picnic checklist, a global tune-in map, and Zoom backgrounds of Central Park, Prospect Park, and fireworks.

Stay tuned for an archival exhibit on Google Arts & Culture, photo slideshows, and the star-studded broadcast this Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 PM EDT on Facebook and YouTube.

Welcome to Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer

Concerts in the Parks @ HomeSince the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks began in 1965, more than 14 million people across New York City have gathered for free classical music concerts under the stars. While we can’t convene with our fellow New Yorkers this summer, we can gather virtually — not only with our neighbors, but with anyone across the country and around the world.

So no matter where you are in the world, join us for Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, four days celebrating this beloved summertime tradition, culminating in a star-studded broadcast on Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. EDT featuring Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, and greetings from some of our biggest supporters and fans.

Concerts in the Parks @ Home begins today with this checklist to start prepping your picnic for the broadcast, and these Zoom backgrounds courtesy of the Central Park Conservancy and Prospect Park Alliance:


We also introduce this global tune-in map. Let us know on Facebook or Twitter what city you plan to tune in from:


Coming up in Concerts in the Parks @ Home:

  • Videos of Philharmonic musicians performing outdoors as part of the We Are NY Phil @ Home series (UPDATE: check out videos from George Curran and Robert Botti)
  • New York Philharmonic Archives exhibits in partnership with Google Arts & Culture (UPDATE: view the two exhibits)
  • Photo slideshows covering the Concerts in the Parks’ 50+ year history
  • The culminating broadcast (June 25 at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Facebook and YouTube) featuring tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli, violinist Joshua Bell, and newly recorded performances by Philharmonic musicians from home
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