Tickets may be reserved beginning at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, December 2 (the day of the concert). Seating will be general admission and is first-come, first-served.
Pre-concert lobby activities include "Conduct the PO" sessions, starting at 6:00 PM in Commonwealth Plaza, where would-be conductors will have the chance to lead Orchestra musicians in holiday music.
Doors to Verizon Hall will open at 7:00 PM; the concert begins at 7:30 PM.
Yannick will lead the Orchestra in a varied program that includes such seasonal favorites as excerpts from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, the third movement of Brahms's Symphony No. 3, blue cathedral by Grammy Award and Pultizer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, a Philadelphia resident;, and "Autumn" from Glazunov's The Seasons. The concert will also include the opportunity for the audience to choose a piece, and some audience participation surprises.
Concert-goers will also be able to use the Orchestra's recently-introduced LiveNote™ application for mobile devices, which will be enabled for three works on the program. The app follows along with the music in real time, presenting musical, emotional, and historical highlights of all selected works performed in the concert. Use of the app is optional for patrons and not required to enjoy the musical experience. Staff will be on hand in Commonwealth Plaza before the concert to assist concertgoers who wish to use the app.
We encourage all patrons to also give to the community by bringing an item to contribute to Cradles to Crayons, which will receive donations from a month-long drive coordinated by the Kimmel Center and its resident companies. The goal of this year's drive, "Sponsor a Snow Day," is to collect all types of new or gently-used winter gear including coats, hats, gloves and mittens, boots, pants, and new pajamas. In keeping with the snow day theme, new and gently-used indoor activities such as books, board games, and puzzles are also welcome.
Please note reserving a ticket does not guarantee admittance into the concert.
If you don’t have a ticket for tonight’s Free Concert, take a chance and join us for the performance. While tickets have been reserved we will have a rush line starting at 5:30 in the Kimmel Center lobby and we will try to fill any available seats for the concert with audiences waiting in line. No guarantees but we hope to see you there.
The LiveNote app is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.