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Free Society

One of the great perks of summer in the city is lots of free music and dance.

  1. 1. Audra McDonald and Liz McComb

    June 29 at Central Park Summerstage

    Carnegie Hall marks 30 years of bringing music out into the city streets, with the Broadway songstress and the gospel and blues vocalist.

  2. 2. Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

    June 29, July 6, and July 13 at Cedar Lake Theatre

    Photographer Annie Leibovitz’s former studio, now the troupe’s, is transformed into an unusual gallery-like setting for a casual evening of new choreography, music, and video.

  3. 3. Naumburg Orchestra

    July 11 at Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park

    The “Naumburg Orchestral Concerts” series has been offering free music in the park for a staggering 101 years. This week it’s Stravinsky, Mozart, and Beethoven.

  4. 4. New York Philharmonic

    July 11 and 12 at Prospect and Central Parks

    Annual “Concerts in the Parks” series begins with Dvorák and Tchaikovsky, featuring the acclaimed violinist Jennifer Koh, led by the orchestra’s wonderful assistant conductor Xian Zhang.


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