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For the opening night of its 41st annual season of Concerts in the Parks - in which the orchestra presents a week’s worth of performances throughout the five boroughs, Long Island and New Jersey - the New York Philharmonic performs July 12 in Prospect Park.

The concert opens with Richard Wagner’s "Flying Dutchman" overture, always a great orchestral showpiece. Next is Edouard Lalo’s beloved "Symphonie espagnole," which features 23-year-old Canadian violinist Karen Gomyo (pictured) making her Philharmonic debut.

The final work on this Romantic-era program is Piotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, unjustly overshadowed by the composer’s sixth symphony, the celebrated "Pathetique," but an overpowering experience in its own right.

Conducting the Prospect Park performance (and five of the other six orchestra concerts in the Parks) is the Philharmonic’s Assistant Conductor Xian Zhang. (Music Director Lorin Maazel will conduct the finale of the orchestra’s summer series - a program of music by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, including his sublime "New World" Symphony - on July 19 in Central Park.)

As always, the free Concerts in the Parks give New York City music lovers the chance to hear wonderful, timeless music under the stars; each evening ends with a fireworks display.

The New York Philharmonic performs Wagner, Lalo and Tchaikovsky at 8 pm on July 12 in Prospect Park’s Long Meadow, near the Ballfields. Admission is free; for more information, call (212) 875-5709 or visit www.newyorkphilharmonic.org, which has a mini-site detailing the orchestra’s entire summer 2005 activities.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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