Posted a “Save The Date” back in May and now it’s finally upon us:
After a hiatus in 2011, the free New York Philharmonic “Concerts In The Parks” series returns to Central Park tomorrow night (Friday, 7/13).
The music will be followed by a fireworks show.
Details and music samples can be found at NYPhil.org. Friday’s program includes:
- Symphony No. 4 (Tchaikovsky )
- Fountains Of Rome (Respighi)
- Pines Of Rime (Respighi)
The action kicks off at 8:00 pm on the Great Lawn, although plan on arriving much earlier if you want to snag a prime spot.
I’ve heard various recommendations, but arriving at least two hours early (i.e. by 6:00 pm) seems like the general consensus if you want a shot at being right in the middle of things.
If you don’t plan to picnic or are happy to just be in the vicinity, I gather you can show up closer to the actual start time.
You can enter Central Park from West 81st or West 86th. If for some reason you’re coming from the East Side, use East 79th or East 86th.
If you can’t make it tomorrow (or just can’t get enough), there’s a second concert on Monday (7/16) — also at 8:00 pm on the Great Lawn.
For die-hard fans who are willing to travel, there’s also an 8:00 pm concert in Van Cortlandt Park next Tuesday (accessible via the 1 train).
If you have tips or suggestions about when to arrive, what to bring, etc., please share them in the comments section below.
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