Concerts In the Park

Since 1951, Summers in Institute park have been graced with the sounds of music. Several organizations have performed at Institute park since 1951, including the Worcester Symphony Orchestra, the Little Symphony, and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra

Summer Concert Series 1951-1955

In 1951, Harry Levinson, Director of what is now the Worcester Symphony Orchestra Founded the “Summer Family Concert Series”. This Concert Series in its first year attracted over three thousand listeners to the park.

Concerts as Tourism

Music Selections from Concerts

Music programs in the parks consisted of a wide variety of musical genres. Over the years, classical music has been performed as well as orchestral versions of contemporary songs.

In 1951, the first performance, the program consisted of classical favorites such as Waltzes, and operettas such as the Red Mill, the concert did not only cater to those interested in the classics. The first concert series also included songs from popular Broadway musicals such as South Pacific

Pops Concert Poster 1990

This image is of the poster for the 1990 Pops Summer Concert series which took place in Institute Park during the summer of 1990, this poster design is similar to other years around 1990, with minor changes. 

The Sneiderman Pavilion

A Transition to the Future


Written by Arnold Muralt, special thanks to Paul Levinson for providing historical photographs back to 1951