Get ready to sit back and relax on the lawn at Bryant Park as Picnic Performances returns this summer for a series of free music, dance and theater events.
Presented by Bank of America, the lineup consists of more than 20 shows, each beginning at 7:00 p.m., and kicks off May 27 with “The Barber of Seville,” a musical performance by New York City Opera.
“‘The People’s Opera’ is thrilled to be back at our summer home in Bryant Park, where we can continue our mission of providing free performances to New York audiences,” said Michael Capasso, General Manager of The New York City Opera at NBC New York.
The schedule currently runs from mid-May to mid-September. Besides the New York City Opera, other participating organizations include Carnegie Hall, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Asian American Arts Alliance, and the Classical Theater of Harlem.
Outdoor shows are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with no tickets required. Although customers can bring their own food and drink, on-site options will be available near the lawn for a rotating selection of New York vendors.
“To see the emotional reaction the public has had to the return of live performances over the past year has been deeply moving for all of us in the Hall. Music and culture are the heart and soul of New York City, and we we’re thrilled to be a part of bringing everyone together to enjoy it,” Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall, told News 4.
This year, Bryant Park celebrates its 30th anniversary since its reopening and revamp in 1992. This summer series incorporates a variety of genres, such as broadway, Afro-Latin jazz, electro, soul and more.
Highlights of the season also include the annual LGBTQ+ Pride in the Park concert, the emerging music festival, and the first-ever open rehearsal residencies with dance companies Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet and Athomasproject.
“Through the commitment of Bank of America, Picnic Performances brings world-class music, theater and dance to more than a quarter of a million people each summer – both in person on the lawn and via live streams,” said the chairman of Bryant Park Corporation. , Dan Biederman.
Free picnic blankets will be available for members of the public to borrow during the occasions. Performances can also be viewed on the park’s social media via live stream.