Philharmonic Changes Summer Concert Schedule to Protect Central Park Lawn

By Mary Johnson on May 4, 2012 4:22pm 

The New York Philharmonic has announced revised dates for its free summer concert series.
The New York Philharmonic has announced revised dates for its free summer concert series.
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NEW YORK — The New York Philharmonic has changed several dates in its series of free summer concerts — a switch meant to save wear and tear on Central Park’s Great Lawn by eliminating the need to set up its stage more than once.

The new dates push the two Central Park concerts closer together, with scheduled performances on July 13 and 16, instead of July 12 and 17.

The concert in Cunningham Park in Queens has been moved to July 12, and the performance in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx will now take place on July 17.

The show in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park will take place as originally scheduled on July 11.

In a statement, the Philharmonic said the adjustment would allow them to set up the stage in Central Park once, instead of twice, and would therefore spare the lawn a second beating.

This year marks a return for the Philharmonic’s free summer concert series, which was on hiatus last year because of scheduling conflicts.  

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