The New York Philharmonic orchestra began their summer series of free concerts in the five boroughs Wednesday night, and they dedicated their first performance to the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.
Before the Central Park concert, Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert said, "It's a joyous occasion when we can all gather on such a wonderful night. Unfortunately, the entire country is suffering in the aftermath of the horrific attacks in Orlando a few days ago... We would like to dedicate the concert not just to the memory of the victims but to the idea that we are all part of a shared humanity." The orchestra then performed "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber, a haunting, moving piece.
You can see the rest of the free Concerts in the Parks on Monday in Queens' Cunningham Park, Tuesday in the Bronx's Van Cortland Park and Wednesday in Staten Island's Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.