I know I owe a lot of post about my trip to London, but here’s a quick one as a warm up…
Last Friday night, the NYC Philharmonic played a free show in Central Park. This is part of their annual concerts in the park series where they play free shows in parks in all 5 boroughs.
I had had this night on my calendar for a long time and was very excited. Getting ready for a night like this required a lot of planning:
1. Blanket (check, AKM brought one from home)
2. Chairs (I found some at Duane Reade for $15 each, score)
3. Wine (AKM: “I’ll get two bottles”. JAX: “we will be there for like 5 hours – we need three at least”)
4. Food (Beyoglu – probably my second favorite restaurant on the UES – perfect Turkish food)
5. Ideal Spot in Park (more strategy here – want to be near speaker, but also near path for easy exit and bathroom runs)
Well, needless to say, AKM and I easily accomplished all of the above tasks and made a perfect picnic in the park. We got there a little over an hour before the show – which was just about right.
Now for the show … Meh. I’m a classical music fan (especially when it is free and live and on a beautiful summer night), but the Phil picked a terrible set (can you call it that?).
Yes, we were in an ideal sound location (I do work in av) – but we couldn’t hear anything. Yes, the loud dramatic moments were great — but they picked pieces that had way too many quiet moments. No matter how may announcements you make before the show – people are going to chat. I’m fine with that and expected as much. The Phil should too.
After a brief rain scare, the show continued in its muted awesomeness – but I wasn’t going to go anywhere, because the end involved fireworks. I’m a sucker for fireworks — and this night did not disappoint. My only issue was that the fireworks were stages behind the audience, not the stage. It would have been so much more dramatic if the fireworks had started behind the stage while the Phil was still playing … Anyway …. The fireworks were pretty awesome and a perfect cap to the evening…
Sorry about the street light.
Anyway, perfect night and cannot wait until next year — I just hope they pick more dramatic pieces – maybe some marches or something….