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New York Philharmonic's Free Concert in Central Park Pays Tribute to Maestro Lorin Maazel with Barber's 'Adagio for Strings'

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Jul 14, 2014 12:27 PM EDT

Since 1965, the New York Philharmonic's Concerts in the Parks have been a must-do for all Gotham residents.

This summer, music director Alan Gilbert leads five free outdoor concerts, including a grand program which features the expertly sound violinist Joshua Bell performing Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1.

Major corporate support is provided by Time Warner, Inc. (Don't worry, there will also be some pyrotechnics.)

But in light of the recent death of former NY Phil music director Lorin Maazel, tonight's concert in Central Park will be a bit more somber.

Per the Phil's website:

The New York Philharmonic mourns the passing of Lorin Maazel, music director of the New York Philharmonic from 2002 to 2009. The Philharmonic will dedicate its free concert in Central Park on Monday, July 14 to Maestro Maazel, performing Barber's Adagio for Strings, conducted by music director Alan Gilbert, in honor of the late conductor, composer, violinist, and friend of the Philharmonic. Our thoughts are with Lorin Maazel's family and friends at this time. 

Can't make it to Central Park? You still have Staten Island and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

Here's a clip from last year (bad video, good audio).

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TagsNew York Philharmonic, Central Park, Van Cortlandt Park, College of Staten Island CUNY, Concerts in the Parks, Joshua Bell, Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel