The New York Times
Compiled by LAWRENCE VAN GELDER
March 23, 2006
In the midst of wintry cold at the start of spring comes a reassuring harbinger of summer: the announcement of the 42nd season of New York Philharmonic concerts in the parks. The series of eight concerts, from July 10 through 18, will start with a performance by the orchestra's Brass Ensemble and will feature Xian Zhang, the orchestra's associate conductor, leading six performances of works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, with the violinist Jennifer Koh in her Philharmonic debut. Marin Alsop will conduct the final concert, a program of John Adams, Prokofiev and Beethoven, with the violinist Leila Josefowicz in her Philharmonic debut, on July 18 on the Great Lawn in Central Park. The music, presented by Time Warner and CIT, begins with a performance by the Brass Ensemble on July 10 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. Besides the finale, the full orchestra will be heard in concerts on July 11 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; July 12 on the Great Lawn; July 13 in Cunningham Park, Queens; July 14 at Snug Harbor on Staten Island; July 15 in Heckscher State Park in East Islip, N.Y.; and July 17 in Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx. All concerts are to begin at 8 p.m., and all, except the one in Holmdel, will be followed by fireworks.
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