If you enjoy listening to world-class musicians, munching savory hors d'oeuvres and maybe sipping a theme cocktail—all in a super-secret location—then the New York Philharmonic has a treat for you. The august institution has announced the second season of Off the Grid, a pop-up concert series put on by NY Phil players in unexpected places. Of the Grid’s 2016–17 season starts Oct 18, and you can get in on the action by entering the lottery here. If you get in, you’ll be notified of the time and location 24 hours before the event. The lottery is open now. This free event is inspired by the Nov 3-5 Philharmonic performances of Ravi Shankar’s Rāgā-Mālā, Concerto No. 2 for Sitar and Orchestra, with sitar player Anoushka Shankar as soloist, conducted by Zubin Mehta at David Geffen Hall. Given the Indian origin of the composer, we’d guess the paired snacks will include samosas and curry dishes.
According to the press release: “Off The Grid was inaugurated in January 2015 at Eataly’s Italian Alps pop-up restaurant, Baita, with an Italian theme inspired by Respighi’s Roman Trilogy. After a chamber program of works by Vivaldi, Berio, and Rossini, guests mingled with the musicians over charcuterie, cheeses, and Italian-themed hors d’oeuvres as well as curated drinks that were paired with the musical works. Other Off The Grid events last season took place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation—inspired by the Philharmonic’s Spanish Nights program with works by Bizet, Yuste, and Turina and featuring tapas, a sangria bar, and cerveza in the Gothic Revival synagogue—and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, with a modernized Viennese coffee house theme featuring music by Schumann and Mahler and a menu of schnapps, wine, beer, and sweet treats.”