10 August 2012
Ludwig vs. Lennon
On this date in 1965, the Philharmonic performed its first concert in Central Park, a fact trumpeted by sponsor Schlitz beer. (Although the Orchestra, unlike the Beatles, did not have to arrive in an armored car.) On the program: a new fanfare by William Shuman, Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger (reprised in Central Park this summer) and Beethoven’s Ninth.
13 July 2012
Free Concerts, Priceless Memories
Philharmonic Concerts in the Park have been part of Music Director Alan Gilbert’s life for, well, all his life. One day, it was VIP seats with sister Jennifer, as they watched their parents and other members of the Orchestra in rehearsal, and the next this native New Yorker was leading the band. Join Alan and the Orchestra on their return to the Great Lawn of Central Park, tonight at 8 p.m.
And yes, there will be fireworks!
10 July 2012
Sometimes an extraordinary night does not require house music. The New York Philharmonic is delivering free concerts in Brooklyn and Central Park this week!
Here are the programs and details.
5 July 2012
Share Your Summer Stories
Do you have a great story from one of the New York Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Parks — like violinist James Ehnes (set to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in the Parks July 12, 16, and 17), who proposed to his then-girlfriend following his 2003 Parks performance and Philharmonic debut? (The happy couple married the next summer and recently had their first child.) We want to hear your stories! Post them on the wall of the NY Philharmonic’s Facebook timeline.
And while you’re there, enter our ticket giveaway for the chance to win four VIP lawn tickets for the July 13 and 16 concerts in Central Park.