The Naumburg Bandshell is one of two locations we host our music & dance programs in Central Park.

This bandshell was built 1923 as a modern replacement to the former music pavilion, a Moorish-style wooden and cast-iron structure (built in 1862). Remarkably, during the summer of 1923, almost 1,000 CONCERTS were presented at this new bandshell (959 to b exact). The design of the Bandshell was influenced by the Pantheon of Rome, and more closely, the Imperial Russian pleasure park’s pavilion at Gatchina Palace. The use of European park styling as a model for Central Park’s additions was in keeping with The Central Park Designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s architectural vision of nearly 60 years earlier.

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