Two Orchestral Treats

(Photo: Michael Tilson Thomas. Source: SF Symphony)

Classical music fans can revel in free online treats today and tomorrow, courtesy of the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony respectively.

For the past 55 years, the NY Philharmonic has presented Concerts in the Parks. That event goes online tonight, June 25, at 7:30 pm ET, on YouTube and Facebook.  It will feature highlights from past Concerts in the Parks with Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, and Joshua Bell, plus newly recorded performances by Philharmonic musicians from their homes

Visit for lists of performers and musical selections, but not who’s playing which piece. We suspect, however, violinist Joshua Bell’s exquisite performance (we were there!) of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story Suite” from Central Park will be included:

For the past 25 years, Michael Tilson Thomas has led the SF Symphony. Tomorrow night, June 26, at 5 pm PT (8 pm ET), Audra McDonald and Susan Graham will host MTT25: An Online Tribute Event for Michael Tilson Thomas on YouTube. The tribute promises “performances…by musicians of the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, an array of distinguished guest artists, and many surprises.”

For now, you can check out an MTT25 YouTube playlist. Alas, one of the videos contains excerpts of Thomas conducting, yes, “West Side Story,” also from 2013:

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About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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