Central ParkSummerStage concerts will kick off in June with concerts by TV on the Radio, Dirty Projectors and a free performance that will pair up Josh Ritter with the New York Pops, the City Parks Foundation announced this week.
The full-season's lineup covers concerts to comedy to film, spoken-word and dances commissioned especially for SummerStage.
“As so many throughout New York City and the country face financial hardships, we feel, more than ever, the importance of presenting free, high-quality performing arts programs to our residents and visitors alike. We are proud to be able to bring such outstanding, culturally diverse programs again this year to Central Park SummerStage,” City Parks Foundation Executive Director David Rivel said in a statement announcing the full list of performers.
SummerStage will also feature a free July 13 performance starring Paulo Szot (currently of "South Pacific" on Broadway,) as part of the Met Opera Summer Recital Series. The Met series will continue on at city parks in all five boroughs.
The New York Philharmonic earlier announced its lineup of free summer concerts, which start July 14 in Central Park.