An annual tradition for the New York Philharmonic, its annual Concerts in the Park series, returns this June with four concerts conducted by maestro Alan Gilbert. They'll be the departing musical director's last shows leading the orchestra in NYC.
Head to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on June 13; the Great Lawn in Central Park on June 14; Cunningham Park in Queens on June 15; and Prospect Park on June 16 to hear Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 (From the New World), Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Gershwin's An American in Paris. To top it off, the shows will end with a fireworks display.
Before each performance, the orchestra invites audience members to join in performing the Largo movement of Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Dust off the French horn (or warm up your vocal cords), brush up on the score here and come ready to play or sing.
And for anyone in Staten Island, fret not, the NY Phil will perform a free show, albeit indoors, at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden on June 18.