New York Philharmonic and Food Bank for NYC to Collaborate on Food Drive at Parks Concerts

Classic Arts News   New York Philharmonic and Food Bank for NYC to Collaborate on Food Drive at Parks Concerts
The New York Philharmonic will collaborate with the Food Bank for New York City, FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and Long Island Cares—the Harry Chapin Food Bank next month on a week-long, region-wide food drive in conjunction with this summer's New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

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 or

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.

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