Every summer, the New York Philharmonic leaves its Lincoln Center home for its free Concerts in the Parks series, held outdoors throughout the city. This year marks the 50th installment of the tradition, and will hit four of New York’s five boroughs in June. Here is the lineup of this summer’s can’t miss concerts:
June 17th and 18th: Central Park, Manhattan
The lungs of Manhattan, Central Park hosts the orchestra for two evenings in June. The first program includes Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite, featuring renowned violinist Joshua Bell, as well as Barber’s School for Scandal Overture and Gershwin’s Lullaby for string orchestra. The following evening, the Philharmonic will play Petrushka by Stravinsky and La Valse by Ravel. Bring a picnic and listen to the classic pieces with the city’s skyline as a backdrop.
Wednesday, June 17th at 8pm Thursday, June 18th at 8pm Great Lawn, Central Park, Manhattan
June 19th: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
A regular destination for free outdoor concerts, Prospect Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same landscape architect behind Central Park. Conveniently located near the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Nu Hotel, the Philharmonic’s Brooklyn performance will feature the Stravinsky and Ravel pieces, as well as Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture.
Friday, June 19th at 8pm Prospect Park Band, Brooklyn
June 22nd: Cunningham Park, Queens
This 358-acre park in Queens is one of the borough’s largest, and features bike trails, cricket fields, and tennis courts. The Philharmonic will repeat their All-American performance from the first night.
Monday, June 22nd at 8pm Cunningham Park, Queens
June 23rd: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Van Cortlandt Park is a whopping 1,146 acres (far larger than Central Park’s 843 acres), has miles of trails, bike paths, and the country’s first public golf course. For their last performance in the series, the Philharmonic will continue with their lineup from the previous night in Queens.
Tuesday, June 23rd Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx image via flickr