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The Bandsell in Central Park - Photo: The Metropolitan Spirit
In Here is New York, E.B. White tells of strolling the Mall and attending a concert at the Bandshell (left).   |    Photo: The Metropolitan Spirit

Classical Music at the Bandshell in Central Park

Free Classical Music Concerts have been presented at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park since 1905. Performances have included Enrico Caruso, Irving Berlin, and the famous Goldman Orchestra, attended and described by E. B. White in Here is New York.

The Bandshell is located at the northern reach of the Mall and up the stairs from Bethesda Terrace or can be reached from 72nd Street.

Summer 2017 Schedule for Naumburg Concerts at the Bandshell

Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 - 9:45 p.m.

The Havana Lyceum Orchestra playing Farinas, Mozart and Copeland.

Tuesday, June 27, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Ensemble LPR playing Montgomery, Williams, Hindson, Britten, and Stravinsky.

Tuesday, July 11, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

The Knights playing Purcell, Adams, Greenstein, and Bernstein.

Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra playing Bach and Theofanidis.

Tuesday, August 1 at 9:30 p.m.

Ecco playing Holst, Shostakovich, Bach, and Greig.

~ Intimations of The Metropolitan Spirit ~
           ~ About Us ~

Celebrating the culture and life of New York and the people who have relished the city in their work and in their lives.


~ F. Scott in New York ~

F. Scott Fitzgerald recalls his experience of New York, defining the Metropolitan Spirit and his three symbols of the city.


~ Glad Tidings ~

We send you glad tidings from New York.  Van Morrison returned to the city to play Forest Hills Stadium.

        ~ Walks ~

Some of the most magical walks in New York begin at Cedar Hill in Central Park near 5th Av. and 79th St.


  ~ Writers of New York ~

E. B. White and Paul Goldberger stand with F. Scott Fitzgerald as perhaps the most enchanting writers of New York.


   ~ Films of New York ~

Ric Burns’ The Center of the World is one of the most brilliant and moving films ever made.

~ The Metropolitan ~

The Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue at 82nd Street breathes life and joy to visitors from around the world.


       ~ Opera ~

The Metropolitan Opera's 2016 - 17 season will include beloved works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, and Bizet.


     ~ September 1l ~

In the days after September 11 thousands of flyers and blletins went up in public places around New York City.