On a crisp, cool late spring night under clear skies with the setting sun draping the Great Lawn shrouded in the city’s glorious skyline, there was Wagner in the air, majestic sound filling the night and a sea of over 50,000 New Yorkers soaking it all in, in perfect harmony.
“Just being able to enjoy the beauty of a free concert with the best musicians in the world,” said Sigrid Aarons. “You couldn’t ask for anything more.”
The New York Philharmonic concert in Central Park has become a staple in this city, but has been canceled for the past two years due to COVID.
So, in addition to the rhythmic patterns, there was a reminder of what it was before.
Grapes and cheese, pizza and wine – all of these memories were worth capturing.
“I’m just enjoying New York,” Elijah Bach said. “It’s one of the great things we have in the city, so we love it.”
And of course, it’s not just special for the public. It’s special for musicians too.
Unlike a dark theater, the musicians can see every face on the large lawn.
“I see people holding lights and balloons and I see people singing and it makes me so happy,” said violinist Qianqian Li.
Deborah Borda, president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, said the event is a mirror of New York’s resilience.
“When I look at that crowd, it reminds me why I love New York so much,” Borda said.
Find future Concert in the Park dates on the New York Philharmonic website.
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