Concerts in the Parks - June 22

The New York Philharmonic

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Concerts in the Parks – Cunningham Park, Queens


Cunningham Park

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Jun, 2015

Monday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer

Cunningham Park, Queens
Enter at 193rd Street, near 81stst Avenue or Union Turnpike. Concert site is at 193rd Street Field

Share the Stage* performance by Steven Kroon, 6:30–7:00 PM

*As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Concerts in the Parks, we will present Share the Stage in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island, an opportunity for local musicians to perform on the stage in their home boroughs before the Orchestra’s performances.



The School for Scandal Overture



Appalachian Spring






Carousel Waltz



West Side Story Concert Suite No. 1



Lullaby for String Orchestra



The Washington Post


Alan Gilbert


Alan Gilbert


Alan Gilbert


Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Julia Bullock


Julia Bullock



Equally at home with opera and concert repertoire, soprano Julia Bullock won first prizes in the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, and is recipient of a 2015 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Richard F. Gold Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, and Lincoln Center’s 2015 Martin E. Segal Award. This season, she gives recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco Performances; and she appears in the New York Festival of Song’s Harlem Renaissance program, the Mondavi Center’s Rising Stars of Opera, and as soloist with the New World Symphony. She sang the title role in Purcell’s The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars, at the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Perm Opera House in Russia, and reprises the role at English National Opera this season. Ms. Bullock has performed the title roles in the Juilliard Opera productions of Massenet’s Cendrillon and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. She toured South America as Pamina in Peter Brook’s award-winning production of Mozart’s A Magic Flute, as well as China, singing with the Bard Music Festival Orchestra. Other opera roles include Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Monica in Menotti’s The Medium, and the title role in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges. In 2013 she made her San Francisco Symphony debut in Bernstein’s West Side Story, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; an album of the concert is available on the orchestra’s label. Festival appearances include at the Ojai, Marlboro, and Caramoor festivals. Ms. Bullock earned her bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and her master’s degree from Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. For more information, visit


Ben Bliss


Ben Bliss


Ben Bliss New York Philharmonic


In the 2017–18 season American tenor Ben Bliss will sing the role of Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at The Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, and Oper Frankfurt. He also makes his Opera Philadelphia house debut as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and sings the role of Cassio in Verdi’s Otello with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he also returns to Santa Fe Opera in his role debut as Robert Wilson in John Adams’s Dr. Atomic in a production directed by Peter Sellars, and performs Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic.

Ben Bliss’s 2016–17 season included a U.S. recital tour with pianist Lachlan Glen, with stops at Carnegie Hall, the Folly Theater in Kansas City as part of the Harriman-Jewell series, and the Theater of the Arts at the University of District of Columbia as part of the Vocal Arts DC Emerging Artists series. Mr. Bliss’s operatic appearances included returns to The Metropolitan Opera, first as Tamino and then as Steuermann in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other opera appearances included Belmonte in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio with Atlanta Opera; Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in his role and house debuts with Boston Lyric Opera; and Camille, the Count de Rosillon, in Lehár’s The Merry Widow in concert for his house and role debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

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Special Thanks
The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks are presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Concerts in the Parks and Share the Stage are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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