Last week Trussardi and I went to see the New York Philharmonic in Central Park. Normally, if you were to come to NYC and buy tickets for the orchestra, you would end up spending quite a bit of $$$. However, every summer since 1965, the NY Philharmonic has transformed the parks of NYC into a musical wonderland of picnickers under the stars. A performance is put together in every borough, although we decided to go to the “oh so classic” Central Park performance.
The concert doesn’t start until 8pm, but the park allows people to start setting up their spots at 3pm and for good reason. We arrived around 5pm and half of the seating area was already filled with people and picnic blankets. We set our blanket down and then proceeded to walk to Trader Joes to pick up supplies for our own picnic. We reminisced of picnics in Paris and decided to indulge in a baguette, fruit, cheese, chocolate and wine (although we also got healthy snacks too like carrots, hummus and avocado!).
As we settled down before the music began, we talked with neighboring new yorkers, watched as thousands of people filled the Great Lawn and of course, took a few photos. At 8pm the music began and the same thousands of people who filled the lawn, quickly fell silent as the conductor raised his baton and the music begun to dance through the air. The weather was perfect, no humidity, just pure warmth. The sunset quickly, turning the sky pink and orange as the music played in the air.
After the concert finished and the sky had turned dark. Fireworks exploded in the air with the NYC skyline peaking out behind them. The night was truly one of the best NYC nights of our life. In a time where there seems to be so much chaos constantly surrounding us, it was truly beautiful to see so many different people come together, fall quiet, listen and enjoy beautiful music under the stars(of the few that you can see). And to top it all off, it was all free (besides the groceries). So if you didn’t get the chance to go this year then we encourage you to go next year. We for sure will be there!
At one point they encouraged any audience to play along with the orchestra. This guy was only a few feet away from us and he played beautifully.