As in previous seasons, the New York Philharmonic’s outdoor free concerts will take place this summer in parks throughout New York City, with venues to include Central Park (July 14, 17), Prospect Park, Brooklyn (July 15), and Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx (July 16). Concerts on July 18 in Staten Island and on July 20 in Queens will take place at the indoor locations of Center for the Arts at College of Staten Island, and Colden Auditorium at Queens College. “As with many cultural institutions, we are compelled to carefully consider ways in which we can be financially prudent without infringing on our core artistic values,” said Zarin Mehta, the Philharmonic’s president and executive director in a statement. “The decision to move two of the concerts indoors allows us to preserve a citywide slate of free summer concerts. We hope to resume our traditional Concerts in the Parks schedule as soon as is financially feasible.”

Posted March 31, 2009