The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, have become an iconic New York summer experience since they began in 1965, transforming parks throughout the city into a patchwork of picnickers and providing music lovers with an opportunity to hear the best classical music under the stars.
This year, Music Director Alan Gilbert conducted Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill as soloist; Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, featuring Concertmaster Frank Huang in concertmaster solos; and works by Wagner, Beethoven, and Rossini. And Staten Island audiences enjoyed a Free Indoor Concert featuring a chamber version of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, with Huang as soloist.
Central Park Concerts took place on June 15, and 16.
All performances were followed by fireworks by Bay Fireworks in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx.