Throughout the food drive, concertgoers are invited to donate non-perishable food items at parks concerts throughout the city. In New York City, representatives will be stationed at white-and-orange food bins (orange is the color of hunger awareness) located at the main entrances to each park hosting a concert and next to the program stands located throughout each of the parks (see concert schedule below). On Long Island and in New Jersey, marked collection bins will be available at each venue. For more information, visit www.nyphil.org or www.foodbanknyc.org.
The Philharmonic's 2007 Concerts in the Parks run July 9-17. The first performance of the series is a special appearance by the New York Philharmonic Brass Ensemble in Holmdel, New Jersey. The week's main concert program, to be conducted by Ludovic Morlot, includes Berlioz's Le Corsaire Overture; Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, with Stefan Jackiw making his Philharmonic debut; and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6. A second program, to be performed on July 17 only, features soprano Measha Brueggergosman (in her Philharmonic debut) singing arias by Puccini, Massenet, Catalani and Weber; in addition, Andrew Davis will conduct Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and the Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition.
The concert schedule is as follows:
Monday, July 9 - PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Tuesday, July 10 - Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Wednesday, July 11 - The Great Lawn, Central Park, Manhattan
Thursday, July 12 - Cunningham Park, Queens
Friday, July 13 - Snug Harbor, Staten Island
Saturday, July 14 - Heckscher State Park, East Islip, Long Island
Monday, July 16 - Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Tuesday, July 17 - The Great Lawn, Central Park, Manhattan
All of the Concerts in the Parks begin at 8 p.m.; the full orchestra programs will be followed by fireworks.