Opening Night

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor and Piano

Ying Fu - Violin

Kerri Ryan - Viola

Priscilla Lee - Cello


Strauss - Don Juan

Brahms - Fourth movement from Piano Quartet No. 1

Rossini - Overture to William Tell

Bernstein - Overture to Candide

Thursday, September 13, 2018

7:00 pm Verizon Hall

Our acclaimed music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will launch his seventh season with the Orchestra at this Opening Night event. Yannick and the Fabulous Philadelphians are planning a special celebratory program that features musical masterworks and audience favorites, including Strauss's Don Juan, Rossini's famous Overture to William Tell, Bernstein's Overture to Candide, plus a special chamber music performance by Yannick and musicians from the Orchestra.

Opening Night Co-Chairs Alison Avery Lerman and Lexa Edsall, Volunteer Association President Nancy Galloway (as of September 2018), Board Chairman Richard Worley, and the Opening Night Gala committee look forward to welcoming you to this special evening, featuring great music, high couture, and black tie, and delicious food and champagne with Philadelphia's cultural leaders and arts patrons.

Also, the 2018 Philadelphia Orchestra Award will be presented to our beloved friend Joe Manko as we pay tribute to the leadership and volunteer service both Joe and his late wife, Lynn, have provided, honoring their many contributions to the Volunteer and Orchestra families.

To make sure you are on the invitation list, call the Volunteer Relations Office at 215.893.1956 or e-mail

Concert only tickets for the evening are also available.
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