New York Philharmonic

Twenty-five musicians from the renowned orchestra kick off the summer season of Picnic Performances

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Picnic Performances kicks off with a four-night run with the New York Philharmonic on June 9, 10, 11, and 12.

The New York Philharmonic connects with up to 50 million people around the world annually through concerts, broadcasts, recordings, education outreach, and free or low-cost performances, including the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer; Phil the Hall; and Young People’s Concerts. In 2019–20, after three consecutive weeks featuring World Premieres as part of Project 19 — the largest-ever all-women’s commissioning initiative — the Orchestra had to cancel concerts due to COVID-19. The Philharmonic responded by launching a portal to hundreds of hours of recorded performances, and NY Phil Bandwagon, free, outdoor “pull-up” concerts presenting small groups of the Orchestra’s musicians. The Philharmonic has commissioned and / or premiered works by leading composers since its founding in 1842, including Dvořak’s New World Symphony; John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning On the Transmigration of Souls, dedicated to the victims of 9/11; and Julia Wolfe’s Grammy-nominated Fire in my mouth. Jaap van Zweden became Music Director of the oldest American symphony orchestra — and one of the oldest in the world — in September 2018, succeeding titans including Bernstein, Toscanini, and Mahler.

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All performances start at 7pm

Wednesday, June 9
Thursday, June 10
Friday, June 11
Saturday, June 12

Livestream info

New this year: thanks to generous support from Bank of America, nearly all Picnic Performances will be livestreamed and available to watch at no cost. We invite you to grab a blanket, get comfortable, and enjoy the show, no matter where you are!

The Wednesday, June 9, New York Philharmonic performance will be livestreamed. Tune in around 6:45pm on Bryant Park’s Facebook and YouTube @bryantparknyc. Watch on Instagram on the Philharmonic’s channel @nyphilharmonic.

In-park attendance

As New York State and City safety guidelines for public gatherings quickly change in response to the ongoing success of NYC’s COVID-19 vaccination program, Bryant Park is adjusting its on-site plans to safely accommodate as many advance registration attendees as possible. Updated audience protocols for June Picnic Performances will be shared in the upcoming weeks well in advance of the first performance on June 9. Free tickets for attending in-person events in June will be available to reserve on Eventbrite approximately 10 days ahead of each show.