N.Y. Phil parks concerts at 50, with warm-up acts and food trucks

Posted on: June 8, 2015

The New York Philharmonic “announced a series of ‘Share the Stage’ programs this week that will invite opening acts to several concerts as part of the 50th anniversary of its parks concerts” this month, writes Michael Cooper in Friday’s (6/5) New York Times. “The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir will perform at the Philharmonic’s concert on June 19 … in Brooklyn; Steven Kroon, a jazz percussionist, will perform before the June 22 concert … in Queens; and BombaYo, a group of Afro-Puerto Rican drummers led by Jose Ortiz (also known as Dr. Drum) will perform before a June 23 concert … in the Bronx.… Bob Conroy and Norm Pederson with Bill Doerge, who are folk musicians and story tellers, will play on June 24 at 7 p.m. before a free indoor concert featuring musicians from the Philharmonic” on Staten Island. “This year’s first parks concerts will be held June 17 on Central Park’s Great Lawn with Alan Gilbert, the Philharmonic’s music director, conducting the orchestra in an all-American program featuring the violinist Joshua Bell…. The food truck lineup is set to include Carpe Donut and Nuchas in Brooklyn and Andy’s Italian Ices, Big D’s Grub Truck and Souvlaki in Queens, among others.”

Posted June 8, 2015