The Story We See - 2015

Philharmonic in the Park

Emer Hughes
by Emer Hughes
Since 1965, the New York Philharmonic has performed a series of free concerts in New York City parks every summer for 50 years. The series connects the famous orchestra with its city, and brings classical music to a much wider audience than usual. It has become a constant presence on the city’s social calendar.

This year’s golden anniversary series was billed as ‘Parks50’, and featured a number of special events and celebrations. The summer season kicked off with a spring Gala concert at Avery Fisher Hall, and the Concerts in the Parks began a month later with concerts in Central Park, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Cunningham Park in Queens, Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island.

These shows all featured ‘Share the Stage’ performances, which allow local musicians an opportunity to perform in their home boroughs before the Orchestra’s performances. Each borough also hosted a social media scavenger hunt in the days before their concerts, with regular season Philharmonic tickets offered as the Grand Prize.

The orchestra performed an ‘All-American’ program on the first night of the concerts in Central Park, featuring star violinist Joshua Bell.


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The night of Gershwin and Bernstein was delayed by rain, but the clouds cleared in time for the firework finale.