Philharmonic Concerts in the Park

Philharmonic Concerts in the Park

If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you know that a constantly recurring theme is the opportunity to experience the culture of our beautiful city for free!

So if you’re a fan of classical music, check this out.

The free Philharmonic Concerts in the Park series begins this week!

It’s truly an only-in-New-York experience, residents and tourists alike have been toting baskets and blankets to listen to music under the stars since 1965. Over 5 days in this annual event, concerts are performed in parks in all 5 boroughs.

Here’s a listing of the whos, whats, and wheres of this iconic New York event:

  1. Tuesday’s performance (June 12th) will be in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
  2. Wednesday the orchestra heads to the Great Lawn in Central Park.
  3. On Thursday, folks will be spreading their blankets in Cunningham Park in Queens.
  4. Prospect Park in Brooklyn plays host on Friday night.
  5. Finally on Sunday, the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island will serve as the venue.

James Gaffigan, an internationally renowned conductor, will take the helm for this series. Composers include Cameron Cowan, Jordan Miller, Saint-Saëns, Bernstein, and Rimsky-Korsakov.

All concerts are outdoors and begin at 8:00 p.m. and are followed by a beautiful fireworks display. (Except for the Staten Island show, which is at 3 p.m. and indoors.)

A few tips! Aside from food, drink and a blanket, bring bug spray and a jacket or sweater because the temperature can dip in the later evening.

If you want a seat up close to the orchestra, plan on arriving at about 6 p.m. (Honestly, it’s just as lovely in the back.)

Happy Monday, everyone!

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