Beyond the Hall

September 6, 2024

Bryant Park


The ASO presents a free concert as part of the Picnic Performance series at Bryant Park with a program of music sourced from dance salons, opera houses, cabaret, and the silver screen.

For our third consecutive year debuting our season at Bryant Park, the American Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present, Beyond the Hall, a program exploring music in a context different from the usual concert setting. From the dance salon (Florence Price’s Suite of Dances) to the theater (Weill’s Threepenny Opera) and the opera stage (Joplin’s Treemonisha), from the musical hall (Bernstein’s On the Town) to the silver screen (Herrmann’s Psycho), the selections included here examine the complex and dramatic role that music has played across venues, genres or modes of expression.

Bryant Park staff lends out hundreds of free picnic blankets, provides ample bistro chairs, and offers a curated selection of food and drink to purchase from local vendors. No tickets are required and there are no lines to enter: it’s as easy as a walk in the park.

This program will repeat on September 7, 2024 at Kupferberg Center for the Arts.

The ASO’s Vanguard Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


September 6, 2024
7 PM
Bryant Park


Scott Joplin (1868-1917)
Treemonisha: Overture (1911)

Florence Price (1887-1953)
Suite of Dances (1933)

Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975)
Psycho Suite (1960)

Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (1928)

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Three Dance Episodes from “On the Town” (1945)