Festivals: Safe with Sound

Edinburgh may have more class and Salzburg more tradition, but no festival has a longer season or a larger attendance, or offers a wider variety of music than the public concerts this summer in New York City's Central Park. The programs run from Memorial Day to mid-September, have so far drawn 400,000 people—including a record 80,000 at a single New York Philharmonic performance—who have heard jazz, band music, folk-rock, opera, orchestral music, and even a Dutch street organ huffing Strauss waltzes. None of this activity absolutely guarantees that the park will be forever immune to the fever of fear...

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