There is no shortage of free cultural offerings in New York City in the summertime; it’s just a matter of finding all of them. Running through the 16th of July, be sure to visit one of the city’s various green spaces where the New York Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing its annual series “Concerts in the Parks.”
Presented by Didi and Oscar Shafer, “Concerts in the Parks” has become an iconic New York summer experience. Since 1965, the free concerts performed by the renowned New York Philharmonic Orchestra have been transforming parks throughout the city “into a patchwork of picnickers and providing music loves with an opportunity to hear the best classical music under the stars.”
This concert series isn’t like the myriad others that overwhelm New York during the summer with pop music, and stadium-filling shows from the most famous contemporary bands and performers. Rather, it’s an opportunity to experience classical compositions performed by one of the most beloved orchestras, the oldest and most outstanding American symphonic institution.
This season, “Concerts in the Parks” will visit Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Cunningham Park in Queens, the College of Staten Island (CUNY), the Great Lawn within Central Park, as well as the Bronx’s Van Cortlandt Park, touching many of the city’s boroughs. Some of the shows will be followed by a fireworks display, and all of them are free to the public. The orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5,” among many other classical pieces, which are sure to dazzle you and your companions as you listen to the remarkable New York Philharmonic in one of the city’s beautiful parks.
The event runs through the 16th of July, with its finale show in the Bronx, so be sure to make time for a night out for a concert in the park. For more information about the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the summer concert series, visit its official website.