On July 16, the New York Philharmonic performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, Wagner's Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger, and Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in Central Park. Starting at 8:00 pm, attendees enjoyed classical music in the Park's iconic Great Lawn; for days in advance, the Central Park Conservancy worked to make the lawn fit for tens of thousands of music lovers and a massive stage.
Since 1980, the Central Park Conservancy has worked to maintain, manage and restore Central Park for the enjoyment of millions of visitors. We've also been the unofficial roadies of events in the Park, helping to set up and break down equipment for performances by some of the world's most accomplished artists.
That work doesn't usually take center stage — the music does. But photographer Emon Hassan helped to document the extraordinary efforts that go into preparing the Park for the New York Philharmonic's summer concerts in Central Park, giving you an insider's look at the work that lets the music happen.
The work began on July 13 at 6:00 am, and we didn't rest until the Philharmonic's first performance later that night. After clean-up of the Great Lawn (which lasted until the early hours of July 14) we prepared the landscape for its usual flood of weekend visitors. On Monday, July 16, we were back at work to ready the landscape for a second show.
This photo documentary shows the work surrounding the second and final concert in Central Park. With up to 200,000 visitors exploring the Park's 843 acres every day, the Conservancy feels as if almost every day is a major event in Central Park. But these concerts and our role in preparation of them is something special. Enjoy!
Emon Hassan is a New York based filmmaker and photographer. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, he has had the great privilege of living in four continents. His photo and video work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, PBS, BBC and the European Journalism Centre Magazine. Inspired by his non-fiction work capturing life in New York City, Hassan is currently writing and producing a supernatural/sci-fi web series, The Third, rooted in historical stories in Manhattan.