Catch the New York Philharmonic at a free gig in Prospect Park, fireworks included

Get a dose of highbrow culture for free at a Wednesday night concert featuring a stunning fireworks display.

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Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in Central Park

Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in Central Park Photograph: Chris Lee

Like Manhattanhenge and the Brooklyn Flea, the venerable New York Philharmonic's free concerts-in-the-park series—presented by the orchestra since 1965—has become a summer icon. The beloved seasonal ritual kicks off this Wednesday night in Prospect Park's Long Meadow ball fields, with Alan Gilbert conducting Dvorak's Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.


These alfresco gigs are rightfully popular, so arrive early and with supplies in hand (a big blanket, snacks et al.) to claim a good spot. You'll want to make a night out of it to catch the round of fireworks over the park that will conclude the evening.


The soiree goes down this Wednesday, July 10, at 8pm in Prospect Park's Long Meadow ball fields. The NY Phil will perform in all five boroughs; click here for the full summer schedule.



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