Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic with Joshua Bell at Central Park, 6/17/15. Photo by Chris Lee.

The New York Philharmonic will continue its popular concert in the parks series this summer, staging its Central Park concert on June 14 at 8 p.m. on the Great Lawn. (There appears to be just one concert this year, versus two in prior years).

This year there’s also a fun twist: you can participate.

At this year’s New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, we invite you to join the Orchestra in a community performance of the “Goin’ Home” theme from the Largo movement of Dvořák’s New World Symphony before the concerts in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, June 13–16. Music Director Alan Gilbert — in his final New York performances as Music Director — will conduct the crowd before leading the Orchestra in the complete symphony during the concerts.

Bring any instrument, and/or your voice. Novices are just as welcome as professionals. The simple, beautiful theme will be taught to the crowd beforehand, and vocal and instrumental parts will be available online before the concerts at

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    1. ScooterStan says:

      Re: “Bring any instrument, and/or your voice. Novices are just as welcome as professionals.”

      Oh, wowzer! Just think: YOU can play or sing-along with the PROFESSIONALLY-TRAINED musicians of the NY Philharmonic !

      So who needs Juilliard? Who needs YEARS of practice?? Who needs the rigorous self-discipline that makes any professional so special?

      That’s all so last-year! Everybody is as good as everybody else! Standards are racist/classist/exclusionary. Everybody is special, or so say-eth the New Populists.

      And after you play with the Philharmonic why not try your hand at Brain Surgery, Race Car Driving, or running a Fortune-500 company.

      • EGF says:

        Wow! I think you’ve missed the point of this. God forbid we insert a little frivolity in life.