NY Philharmonic Announces Concerts in the Parks 2024

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The New York Philharmonic has announced the schedule for its free Concerts in the Parks series, presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer and conducted by Thomas Wilkins.

The series runs June 11-14, with the concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park taking place on June 12 at 8 p.m. (with a fireworks display to follow!).

This summer, Thomas Wilkins conducts the Orchestra in a program that ranges from classics by Beethoven, Elgar, and Rimsky-Korsakov to Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, with Randall Goosby as soloist, to new music by Carlos Simon and NY Phil Very Young Composers.

Though this marks Wilkins’ first time conducting the Concerts in the Parks, he made his NY Phil debut in 2015, when he led a subscription program titled “Great African American Singers and Their Legacy.: Wilkins has since conducted and hosted numerous Young People’s Concerts, and returns in October 2024 for the Philharmonic’s exploration of Afromodernism on a program that features a New York Premiere by Nathalie Joachim and a reprise of Carlos Simon’s Four Black American Dances.

The New York Philharmonic’s free parks concerts have become an iconic New York summer experience since they began in 1965, transforming parks throughout the boroughs into a patchwork of picnickers and music lovers, providing the city an opportunity to hear classical music for free. More than 15 million listeners have been delighted by the performances since their inception.

Admission is free and tickets are not required. Learn more here.


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