Naumburg Bandshell

Naumberg Bandshell

An outdoor concert venue at the eastern edge of the Mall, Naumburg Bandshell hosts classical and popular music performances. Music-lovers have enjoyed shows from masters such as Benny Goodman, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, and the Grateful Dead.

With its striking white curvature, Naumburg Bandshell is designed for its special acoustic properties — all the better to hear musical performances within the greenery of Central Park. It is nestled between two projecting pergola viewing points, and offers nearby wooden benches under the shade of the surrounding elm trees.

In 1862, a cast-iron bandstand stood just west of where the Bandshell is today. The Park commissioners disapproved of popular music and thought the public should hear only refined classical music. That had begun to change by the 1890s, when concert-goers could also hear John Philip Sousa marches, choral and folk music. By the 1920s, popular music was added to the lineup as well.

In 1923, the old Bandstand was replaced by Naumburg Bandshell, the Park’s only Neoclassical building. Today, the venue hosts acoustical music events like the Naumburg Orchestral Concert series.


Mid-Park at 71st Street

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