Including the concert donation, Major League Baseball has committed more than $5 million to various national and local charities as part of the Midsummer Classic.
The New York Philharmonic, which will be led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, will perform two sets of New York and baseball-themed music, including Randy Newman's Suite from The Natural and the world premiere of Mark Isham's Suite from 42. Special guest Mariah Carey will join the New York Philharmonic to perform a select number of her all time classic hits mixed with tracks off of her new album.
In addition, Joe Torre will make a special appearance and read the classic baseball poem "Casey At the Bat," which was written by Ernest Thayer and first published in 1888, 125-years ago. Currently Major League Baseball's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Torre played for the All-Star host New York Mets from 1975-77 and managed the team from 1977-81. Torre also managed the New York Yankees from 1996-2007 winning four World Series titles.
Fans can obtain free General Admission tickets at AllStarGame.com/Concert or NYCGO.com beginning June 26th at 10:00AM Eastern. All visitors will be screened at security checkpoints before entering the Concert grounds. Fans that have tickets can enter on Central Park West & West 72nd street (Western General Admission) or 5th Avenue and East 72nd street (Eastern General Admission). Credentialed media can enter at 5th Avenue and East 84th street. Gates open at 3:00PM. No backpacks, alcohol, glass or metal containers, pets or blankets are permitted. A full list of prohibited and acceptable items is available at AllStarGame.com/Concert.
"Major League Baseball is committed to leaving a lasting legacy in the community that hosts the All-Star Game. This concert will provide a great opportunity for Major League Baseball to not only raise funds but remind people not to forget about those who still haven't recovered from the devastating impact of Superstorm Sandy," Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "This concert will provide another opportunity for our fans to enjoy an All-Star experience in the spectacular setting of Central Park's Great Lawn."
"I am really looking forward to celebrating the All-Star Game with this fun program," said Music Director Alan Gilbert. "Music might be my main game, but I love baseball, and it's always exciting when the All-Star Game is hosted in New York. It's a thrill to be conducting on this special occasion. It is particularly gratifying to be part of this event that will help support those whose lives were affected by Hurricane Sandy; they are our neighbors, and we're glad we can be there for our community in whatever way we can."
Blockbuster, Chevrolet, MasterCard and Pepsi are providing sponsorship support to the All-Star Charity Concert.
Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold and a ground-breaking career total of 224 #1 Billboard hits, including an unprecedented 18 #1 Hot 100 singles, the most of any solo artist in history. Mariah's brand new single, "#Beautiful," a collaboration with Miguel, has won critical raves and is already #1 in over 30 countries. "#Beautiful" is the lead single from Mariah's new album (Island Def Jam Music Group). With her world renowned voice and her award-winning songwriting, producing, and longevity, Mariah has earned her place at the top of music's pantheon. As a singer/songwriter/ producer, she has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard's Artist of the Decade Award, the World Music Award for World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium, and BMI's Icon Award for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few.
Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S. and one of the oldest in the world. The Orchestra has always played a leading role in American musical life, championed new music, and appeared in 432 cities in 63 countries around the globe, including the historic visit to Pyongyang, DPRK, earning the 2008 Common Ground Award for Cultural Diplomacy. Concerts are broadcast weekly on the radio program The New York Philharmonic This Week, streamed on nyphil.org, and telecast annually on public television. Having made almost 2,000 recordings since 1917, the Philharmonic continues to self-produce recordings, available as downloads. Wide-ranging education programs include the Young People's Concerts, School Partnership Program, and Learning Overtures. In 2009 Alan Gilbert became Music Director, succeeding musical giants such as Mahler and Toscanini. The New York Philharmonic gives an annual series of free Concerts in the Parks throughout the boroughs of New York City, presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.