August 21, 2013 was a great experience to see a free classical music concert in Central Park hosted by The Chamber of Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Naumburg Bandshell. The night not only contained relaxing music but beautiful weather as well.
The talented musicians played a series of songs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Antonin Dvorák. The Mozart and Beethoven pieces were done with the flute, violin, viola, and cello while the Dvorák was performed using the aforementioned as well as the piano. The musicians included Wu Han, piano; Kristin Lee, Sean Lee, violin; Daniel Phillips, viola; David Finckel, cello; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute.
The bandshell itself even has a long and proud history in Central Park. Built in 1862, it is now known for its many summer concerts. But historically, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech and a eulogy for John Lennon was read. Since last night's concert went on past nightfall, the concert goers and any passing people got to see good lighting, which gave Central Park a magnificent glow to accompany the soothing music.
There was plenty of seating for the first one thousand people, and enough standing room and benches to the side. Being Central Park, there was also plenty of room to spread a blanket and have a picnic under the stars with the music in the background. It was a good atmosphere as everyone listened with intense appreciation. In between the musical pieces and the audience applauding, one could hear the sounds of crickets chirping, which made having a night concert in Central Park a diverse experience. Maybe the crickets were chirping to show admiration as well?
This was their first concert in Central Park. Luckily for everyone, it will not be their last! They plan to play again next year. But the great news is that no one has to wait until next year to hear them play again. For those who missed the concert, or even if they did not and want to hear it again, New York's classical radio station, WQXR will stream online and broadcast on 105.9 FM on Monday September 2, 2013 at 9pm with host Elliott Forrest.