Save the Date: The world-renowned New York Philharmonic returns in June for its popular annual FREE Concerts in the Parks series, offering music lovers the chance to hear the word’s best classical music under the stars in parks all five boroughs, with fireworks following the performances.
Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these iconic concerts, which have been an annual treat for New Yorkers and visitors since 1965, which makes 2019 the 54th year for this iconic NYC event, transforming parks throughout NYC into a patchwork of picnickers, and providing music lovers with an opportunity to hear classical music under the stars.
More than 15 million listeners have attended and enjoyed the FREE performances since their inception.
This is the first year that new Music Director Jaap van Zweden is leading the Orchestra in the historic series, the week of June 11th.
The program will include Rossini’s La gazza ladra Overture, Copland’s Hoe-Down from Rodeo, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, and works by Very Young Composers of New York City.
In addition, former Principal Trumpet Philip Smith returns to conduct, host, and perform with the New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion in highlights from the brass repertoire, American classics, and music by a Very Young Composer of New York City at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island (June 16).
All New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks performances begin at 8pm, except the event in Staten Island, which begins at 4pm. And that’s the only one without fireworks, since it is in daytime and indoors.
For weather and other updates, call the Concert Information Hotline at (212) 875-5709.
New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks Schedule
- Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.
- MetLife Foundation, Citi, and Emirates Airline are Major Corporate Sponsors
- Concerts in the Parks are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.