Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Philharmonic in the Park

Once a year the New York Philharmonic gives a free concert in the park. This is a big deal and a lot of people show up (This year was estimated at 150,000 people on the great lawn in central park.) There are speaker systems going all the way back and people come early setup blankets and have a picnic to claim the best areas. We showed up about an hour and half early and were able to get about 1oo feet back off to the side. We enjoyed our picnic dinner and then noticed how much more crowded it had become. Any empty walking spaces had been filled in with people’s blankets. Watching people move now was like they were jumping between stepping stones of grass between a sea of blankets.
When the music started it didn’t get quiet. People continued to talk to those around them and enjoy their dinner. It was more of a lawn party with 150,000 of your closest friends rather than a classical concert. New twists were that people could vote for which song to hear next by texting on their cell phones to vote. Any of the intermissions were also an excuse for everyone to call people on their cell phones so I noticed the signal on my phone go from full to none as soon as the music stopped playing.

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