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Most free summer concerts include music that’s either crowd-pleasing or familiar - or both. More challenging works are saved for the regular season.

Although that’s certainly the case with the New York Philharmonic’s July 11 concert in Prospect Park, there’s an added attraction: violinist Jennifer Koh - who performs the old reliable warhorse concerto by Tchaikovsky - is a versatile, supremely accomplished musician as much at home making modern music by luminaries like the recently deceased Hungarian master Gyorgy Ligeti (you should hear her rip through his difficult-to-play concerto!) who makes her long-awaited New York Philharmonic debut.

The Prospect Park concert is the second in the orchestra’s annual Concerts in the Parks series, which features eight concerts throughout the city’s boroughs, Long Island and New Jersey.

New York Philharmonic Associate Conductor Xian Zhang (pictured at left), who was elevated to that post by Music Director Lorin Maazel around the time she conducted the Philharmonic in last summer’s Parks series, will again be on the podium, opening the performance with another work by Tchaikovsky, "Coronation March." Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 will be the final work on the bill.

As always, the New York Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Parks are free, and each evening ends with a fireworks display).

The New York Philharmonic performs Tchaikovsky and Dvorak at 8 pm on July 11 in Prospect Park’s Long Meadow. Enter the park at 9th Street and Prospect Park West. Admission is free. For more information, call (212) 875-5709 or visit, which has a mini-site detailing the orchestra’s summer 2006 activities.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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