New York Pops Gives Free Concert in Bryant Park

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The New York Pops will give a free concert in Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan tonight at 8 p.m.

The concert, led by founder and music director Skitch Henderson, will include anthems such as "God Bless America" and "American the Beautiful" and songs by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and George M. Cohan. Titled "America the Beautiful: Celebrating the 4th," the concert marks the Fourth of July holiday and pays tribute to the effort to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to New York City.

The Pops, which plays its main season at Carnegie Hall, has been playing free outdoor concerts since 1995.

"We sat around for the first ten years [of the orchestra's history], saying, 'How do we get out of Carnegie Hall?'," Henderson joked in a statement. "It's funny, because everyone else wants to get into Carnegie Hall! But our mission was to get out—just for the summer—so we go to Bryant Park."

No tickets are required for the concert. Tickets for a benefit dinner before the concert are $250; for information, call 212-765-7677.

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