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8:00 PM

Free Neighborhood Concert

8:00 PM, Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
Lio Kuokman - Conductor
Carol Jantsch - Tuba
Ward/orch. Dragon - “America, the Beautiful”
Grofé - “Mardi Gras,” from Mississippi Suite
Daugherty - Reflections on the Mississippi, for tuba and orchestra
Sousa - “The Washington Post” March
Gould - An American Salute
Copland - “Hoe-Down,” from Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Various/arr. Lowden - Armed Forces Salute
Tchaikovsky - Solemn Overture, 1812, Op. 49

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns for an 8th season to present another FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, presented by Wells Fargo. The concert will be followed by a land-side fireworks display.

The gates at Penn’s Landing will open at 7:30 PM for the 8 PM performance.

6:00 PM

Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Garrick Ohlsson - Piano
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”)
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is one of the most technically challenging in the repertoire; the piece begins simply enough, but quickly grows to a thundering climax. Garrick Ohlssohn, a soloist with over eighty concerti in his repertoire, is known for his inimitable skill and dynamic performances. Rachmaninoff and Ohlssohn together will make for a can’t-miss event.

8:00 PM

Pixar in Concert

8:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor

Pixar forever changed moviemaking and has given the world some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. This visually stunning, high-definition, multi-media evening features montages of memorable clips from Pixar films, including Cars, WALL•E, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, and more—all accompanied live by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Presentation made under license from Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. © All rights reserved

6:00 PM

Dvorak From the New World

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Robert Spano - Conductor
Benjamin Beilman - Violin
Bernstein - Overture to Candide
Higdon - Violin Concerto
Dvorák - Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)

American violinist Benjamin Beilman performs Higdon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning concerto, which starts eerily and grows with the rhapsodic solo violin. Completing the evening is Dvorák’s rich celebration of Americana, a work inspired in part by American Indian music and African-American spirituals, as well as the sprawling plains of Middle America.

Higdon received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto, with the committee citing Higdon's work as a “deeply engaging piece that combines flowing lyricism with dazzling virtuosity.”

6:00 PM

The Musical World of John Williams

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
James Ehnes - Violin
Williams - Sound the Bells!
Williams - Violin Concerto
Williams - Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Williams - “Adventures in Earth,” from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Williams - Excerpts from Star Wars

John Williams’ movie scores are some of the best known pieces in modern-day cinema, from the Star Wars “Imperial March” to the ethereal Close Encounters of the Third Kind suite. Perhaps not as well known—but just as rich and lyrical—are his orchestral pieces like the Violin Concerto. The concerto begins with unaccompanied solo violin in a haunting opening theme, and moves into a more romantic orchestral sound.

6:00 PM

Shakespeare and the Symphony

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Shakespearean Stage Actors
Timothy Orr - Artistic director
Walton - Excerpts from As You Like It
Berlioz - Beatrice and Benedict Overture
Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet
Mendelssohn - Excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A sparkling collection of music inspired by the Bard! This unique event features music influenced by the plays of Shakespeare, from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet to Mendelssohn’s famous Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Additionally, throughout the evening Shakespearean actors will present scenes from the plays that prompted the music, making this multi-faceted performance one you won’t want to miss.

6:00 PM

Celebrating The Philadelphia Sound

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Augustin Hadelich - Violin
Sibelius - “Lemminkäinen’s Return,” from Lemminkäinen Suite
Sibelius - Violin Concerto
Musorgsky/orch. Stokowski - A Night on Bald Mountain
Musorgsky/arr.& orch. Stokowski - Pictures from an Exhibition

This concert features works that showcase The Philadelphia Orchestra’s unique, lush tone, including works that former Philadelphia Music Director Leopold Stokowski arranged for the Orchestra. Augustin Hadelich returns to Bravo! Vail to perform Sibelius’ virtuosic violin concerto, a piece that is arguably one of the most difficult in the repertoire.

7:30 PM

The Fellowship of the Ring with The Philadelphia Orchestra

7:30 PM, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Ludwig Wicki - Conductor
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Boys Choir
Shore - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Witness The Fellowship of the Ring from The Lord of the Rings, the first film of the beloved trilogy, on a giant screen with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Don't miss this epic score composed and orchestrated by Academy Award-winner Howard Shore performed live by one of the world's greatest orchestras and two full choirs. See the film as you never have before, only at the Mann.

Tickets are on sale now via,, 800-745-3000, and the Mann Box Office

8:00 PM

Diana Krall with The Philadelphia Orchestra

8:00 PM, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Diana Krall

Diana Krall returns to the Mann with the incredible Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to her lush orchestral standards, Ms. Krall will also perform hits including such pop classics as The Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreamin'", the Eagles' "Desperado," and Bob Dylan's "Wallflower,", all from her new album "Wallflower" set to be released on Feb. 3rd. Don't miss this unforgettable evening only at the Mann.

8:00 PM

All--Beethoven with The Philadelphia Orchestra

8:00 PM, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Janice Carissa - Piano
Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5

If ever there was a musician whose battle cry was “freedom” it was Beethoven. His Leonore Overture No. 3 relates the heroic conviction of a woman to free her husband from certain doom. The Piano Concerto No. 2 was composed for his own astonishing virtuoso technique. And the Symphony No. 5 has become so much more than a symphony – its famous first four notes have been turned into a Morse code phrase for “victory.” Its propulsive energy and journey escalate towards a finale that has long transcended the concert hall and given hope to oppressed people everywhere.

6:30 PM

Free Neighborhood Concert

6:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Williams - Sound the Bells
Higdon - blue cathedral (with LiveNote)
Bernstein - Overture to Candide
Berlioz - "Dream of a Witches' Sabbath," from Symphonie fantastique
Ravel - La Valse (with LiveNote)

Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève leads a program featuring works by Bernstein, Berlioz, and Ravel, which will be live-streamed on, continuing the Orchestra’s expansion of community offerings that take its musicians into the lives of music-lovers throughout the Philadelphia region, and across the globe.



Format: 2015-07-29