Welcome to the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks 50th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt!
Here’s how it works. For each borough, we’ll post five clues here on What’s New and on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr leading you to places of special significance to classical music, the Concerts in the Parks, or to the borough itself.
Today’s borough is Manhattan (the clues are below). We’ll post clues for Brooklyn June 12, Queens June 15, Bronx June 16, and Staten Island June 17.
When you solve a clue, go to the location and post a photo with the hashtag #nypparks50 to complete the clue. (Yes, go there! Enjoy the weather, take a walk; Google Images submissions won’t count!) The first fan to get all five for a given borough will win:
• a pair of VIP tickets to that borough’s Concerts in the Parks
• a deluxe Picnycs basket, complete with blanket, featuring gourmet delicacies
• a pair of tickets to a Philharmonic concert in the 2015–16 season
The first four runners-up for each borough will win a 2015 Concerts in the Parks t-shirt.
- In Central Park, at East 71st Street near the Rumsey Playfield, there is a statue of a beloved children’s character whose name is also a piece by Ravel. Take a photo of it and post with #nypparks50!
- In Central Park, near the Delacorte Theater, there is a statue with a connection to Tchaikovsky. Take a photo of it and post with #nypparks50!
- Bartók lived in midtown Manhattan for the last year of his life. A bust and plaque adorn the building’s façade. Take a photo of it and post with #nypparks50!
- On the west side of Central Park, near 69th Street, stands a war memorial that would be a fitting backdrop for a performance of Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, which the Philharmonic performed in Central Park on July 4, 1976, to help celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial. Take a photo of it and post with #nypparks50!
- Leonard Bernstein lived in Apt. 4B in this building in the 1950s, when he wrote West Side Story, the second-most performed work performed at Concerts in the Parks since 1965. Take a photo of the awning and post with #nypparks50!
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr to participate, and happy hunting!