NY Philharmonic to Return to Prospect Park This Summer

03/21/2012 2:56 PM |

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Because of scheduling conflicts and issues with Central Park’s Great Lawn, the New York Philharmonic canceled its free outdoor parks-concerts across the city last summer. They were roundly criticized for robbing New Yorkers of a much beloved tradition. (The Metropolitan Opera has scaled back its similar summer concert series in recent years, making the Philharmonic’s that much more important.) Back in June, the orchestra announced the dates for 2012’s concerts, and today more details have emerged.

The Philharmonic will play Prospect Park on July 11. The orchestra’s music director, Alan Gilbert himself, will conduct a program that will pair Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. (Hey, that’s a good one!)

The program will be repeated the following evening in Central Park, after which Andrey Boreyko takes over for concerts in Queens, the Bronx, and Central Park that’ll feature Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Brahms’ First Symphony. (NY Phil Brass will play a free indoor concert in Staten Island.)

“I have come to the Concerts in the Parks since I was a boy growing up in New York City,” Gilbert, the orchestra’s first native New Yorker music director, said in a press release. “I have always felt deeply that these concerts are an incredibly important aspect of what the Philharmonic can give to this city. I can’t wait to return to the parks and feel that overwhelming connection with the tens of thousands of people who, like me, love New York, love the New York Philharmonic, and love the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks.” Consider me among them; it’s my favorite event of the year, and I’m glad it’ll be back.

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