This coming Thursday, in addition to the beautiful changing leaves and the crisp feeling of autumn, Central Park goers will be treated to music by thirty different ensembles spread out throughout the park. They’ve all been given the same set list with songs by Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Billy Strayhorn, Dizzy Gillespie and more. The idea being that as you move throughout the park you’ll experience a seamlessly shifting soundtrack. This beautiful idea is called Jazz and Colors and it’s sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The music starts at noon on Thursday, November 7th and goes all the way to 4pm. It just so happens, we’re giving a park tour during the concert… bonus! But even if you don’t join us, head over to the park. It’s going to be magical.
For many, Central Park conjures up images of woodlands, meadows, and lakes. But some people associate the park with something else, drum circles, saxophonists playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to children, and diehard hippies strumming out Beatles songs. On June 21, there will be even more street musicians in the park though. Or perhaps we should call them lake musicians.
Each year on the first day of summer Make Music New York takes to the streets with over a thousand free open air musical performances. When we say music, we’re talking anything and everything: funk, punk, jazz, you name it. The festival is showing Central Park some love too, bringing two classical concerts to The Lake, five folk music performances at The Great Hill, traditional Indian music at The Dairy, three free for all concerts that anyone can join, a string orchestra, and a French hip-hop concert by IAM.
At 7:30am and 8:15pm, six trombones standing on opposite sides of The Lake will face their conductor situated in a boat in between them to play Canadian Composer R. Murray Schafer’s Music for Wilderness Lake. At 5pm, a 144 singers will perform Schafer’s 50 minute piece Credo which was intended to be sung by twelve separate but coordinated choirs. As if that wasn’t spectacular enough, the will do this while sitting in boats on The Lake. The Lake is found in the center of the park at 72nd Street. If you need more help, check out our map of the park.
At 11:00am, singer/song writer Cynthia Goddeau kicks things off, guitar in hand with an hour set. Then at 12 noon, singer Elaine Romanelli, who’s been compared to Sarah McLachlan, switches things up when she steps behind the piano. Later at 2:00pm, Joe Miller brings some country flair to his folk music in an acoustic guitar and vocals set. Immediately after at 3:00pm, coffeeshop and bar veteran Paul Tabachneck will share covers of his favorite pop-rock songs and some originals of his own. Finally at 4:00pm, The Folk Music Society of New York and NYCStreetsingers shares an hour and a half of old fashioned folk goodness. The Great Hill is found on the West Side of the park at 104th Street. If you need more help, check out our map of the park.
Never Too Late To String
The New York Late Starters String Orchestra claims The Great Hill at 6:30pm to perform chamber music. Their chamber orchestra is comprised of amateur adult performers who discovered their passion for music later in life. Stop by and hear this unique group comprised of players from 18 to 80 years of age give an hour and a half concert. The Great is found on the West Side of the park at 104th Street. If you need more help, check out our map of the park.
That Time You Performed In Central Park
Throughout the day there are three “mass appeal” concerts. In other words, anyone can join one of these concert if they want to. At 4:00pm, flutists will gather at Wollman Rink (approximately where 63rd Street and Sixth Avenue would be) for a two hour concert of prepared pieces with sightseeing performances. For more info contact email@example.com. At 6:00pm, you can bring a harmonica to Stranger’s Gate (106th Street and Central Park West) even if you’ve never played one before in your life. After a quick harmonica lesson, everyone will perform in an interactive concert. Contact Jia-Ye He at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Lastly, at 7pm, accordionist Melissa Elledge will lead an all-accordion performance of “In C” (1964) by Terry Riley which anyone may join at Dalehead Arch (64th Street on the west side of the park). To sign up, and get sheet music, email email@example.com. If you need more help, check out our map of the park.
Journey Through India
Experience India in front of a Swedish Cottage with ensembles directly from India. Featured performers include vocalist Falu and group at 4:00pm. At 5:30pm, Jin Won, Woman of Tabla from Taalika, followed by Taalim Tabla Trio/men of Tabla (Kaumil Shah, Michael Lukshis, and Archit Krishna) Lastly, at 6:45pm the Hindustani Vocalist Samarth Nagarkar. If you need more help, check out our map of the park.
Summer Stages Makes Music Again
Maybe it was planned or maybe it was serendipity, but it just so happens that French Hip-Hop group IAM is performing at Rumsey Playfield (in the center of the park below 72nd Street) at 7pm. The group incorporates the sounds of Ancient Egypt, Africa, China, Japan, India and American music. They’re recent album, Paid in Full, was called “the greatest Hip-Hop album of all time” by Rolling Stone. If you need more help, check out our map of the park.
You might be tempted to say something like “only in New York” but Make Music NY happens simultaneously with similar festivities in over 500 cities globally. If you feel like doing more than just watching, MMNY is looking for some volunteers for the day to help row singers into location, hand out programs and other such things. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to volunteer.
It’s official! Bon Jovi will be performing a free concert in Central Park at the Great Lawn on July 12th at 8pm.
“We’ve gotten the chance to bookend what is the most successful tour in the world this year with a free concert for anyone in New York,” frontman Jon Bon Jovi said at a news conference alongside New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials. “I just travelled the world again, and New York is still the greatest city in the world.”
Fans can start entering the Great Lawn area at 2 p.m. 60,000 tickets have been made available at the city’s ballparks. Though the event is free, concert go-ers must have tickets.
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Amazing guided tour with Kelsey! If you're visiting New York, you HAVE to take this tour of Central Park. Our guide, Kelsey, was absolutely amazing. She's funny, witty and, most of all, she knows her Central Park inside out. She answered all of our questions,...read moreIf you're visiting New York, you HAVE to take this tour of Central Park. Our guide, Kelsey, was absolutely amazing. She's funny, witty and, most of all, she knows her Central Park inside out. She answered all of our questions, showed us all the places where movies had been made and places that locals might not even know about. We really enjoyed every minute of it. Oh, don't forget to bring your camera. It was one of the highlights of our trip to NYC. Thanks again Kelsey! We had a great time!read less
Matthew did a great job leading a bunch of old ladies around the park and providing education on the history & architecture of the park. Very interesting and we saw all the great parts of the park on this tour!...read moreMatthew did a great job leading a bunch of old ladies around the park and providing education on the history & architecture of the park. Very interesting and we saw all the great parts of the park on this tour! Totally recommend. There's a lot to see in a short period of time, so if you want to lounge around and take a bunch of pics, you may have to go back later when you have more time.read less
I cannot speak highly enough of this lovely tour and it's knowledgable guide! As a local, I have been on my fair share of tourist activities when hosting out of town guests. This was by far the best NYC tour...read moreI cannot speak highly enough of this lovely tour and it's knowledgable guide! As a local, I have been on my fair share of tourist activities when hosting out of town guests. This was by far the best NYC tour I have been on to date. The guide was incredibly well organized and friendly and had a very engaging and thoughtfully planned stroll through Central Park. There were ample opportunities to rest, if desired, and I was amazed by the guide's ability to answer off the cuff questions. I wish I would have taken this tour sooner, as I now see Central Park in an entirely new light. Take this tour! And bring a camera for the sunset :)read less
The Sunset Tour in Central Park 10/22/18 It was very interesting and professional tour with guide Matt.He knows everything about Central Park, he walked us through the areas we never been before. He gave us a history of everything we saw during our walking (about 3 hours).If...read moreIt was very interesting and professional tour with guide Matt.He knows everything about Central Park, he walked us through the areas we never been before. He gave us a history of everything we saw during our walking (about 3 hours).If you live in NYC or just visiting , this tour should be on the list of a " must to do" thinks.Thank you, Matt.read less
Even though I've lived in NYC (Manhattan) for 31 years, I found the Sunset tour as led by Matt very educational, and interesting. I went to parts of the park I'd never visited before, and I learned lots of history...read moreEven though I've lived in NYC (Manhattan) for 31 years, I found the Sunset tour as led by Matt very educational, and interesting. I went to parts of the park I'd never visited before, and I learned lots of history about the making of the park and what it was like to visit in the 19th century. Could I have read that in some book? Sure! But I wouldn't and didn't, and it's more memorable when you are actually there. My FitBit loved how much walking I did that day, so comfortable shoes are a must! Tour included a brief pitstop, which was much appreciated. I would definitely recommend this for native NY'ers and visitors. Many of the stops included park benches as well. Matt crammed alot into this tour.read less
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Wow, not a lot of reviews here, are there? If you want to know what I thought about the park itself, that'd be in my other review. This is for the Central Park Sunset Tour company specifically.We purchased this deal...read moreWow, not a lot of reviews here, are there? If you want to know what I thought about the park itself, that'd be in my other review. This is for the Central Park Sunset Tour company specifically.We purchased this deal through...Living Social or Groupon (don't remember which) in preparation for our trip to New York. My first impression of their quality came the first day in New York, when the ever shifting winter weather patterns made it a better idea to switch the tour to the next day. In a panic, I emailed the company asking if it were alright to switch the reservation on such short notice, and received a speedy reply in the affirmative. So plus there.Our tour guide showed up on time at the designated spot (unfortunately the site's page showing a picture of the meeting spot was down, but they were detailed enough I was able to find it no problem), and the entire 2.5 hour tour was full of great information and what I can only assume was all of the major points of interest in the park. I won't go over everything we saw, but it was definitely a good tour and the guide was very knowledgeable about every bit of the park (I'm sorry, I wish I could remember his name, but it escapes me).At times it did feel like the tour moved too quickly, but considering the area we had to cover I'm not surprised or upset about the pace.While I wouldn't use the tour again (not sure why someone would), I definitely encourage anyone visiting or living in the area to check them out.read less
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