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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra

Opening Night Celebration Opening Night Celebration Opening Night Celebration

Opening Night Celebration Concert


Sep 30, 2020, 7:00 PM

This performance is available through
Wednesday, October 7, 2020, until 11 PM.

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Performance Details

This special fundraising concert will be the most inspiring, inclusive, and innovative Opening Night in recent Philadelphia Orchestra history—and you can play a leading role in making this possible!

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Billie Jean King Special Guest
Lang Lang Piano
Steve Martin Banjo
Angel Blue Soprano 

Program includes:  

Coleman Seven O’Clock Shout 
Rossini Overture to The Thieving Magpie
Martin/orch. Jantsch “Rare Bird Alert”—First Philadelphia Orchestra Performance; World Premiere of this Orchestration
Verdi “Timor di me? ... D’amor sull’ali rosee,” from Il trovatore
Mozart Symphony No. 29

Join us for Our World NOW: An Opening Night Celebration, as Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra come together onstage for an evening of glorious music, uplifting joy, and inspiring connection on the Orchestra's Digital Stage.

This year’s Opening Night Celebration sets the scene for a new and exciting season like never before. Enjoy timeless selections by Rossini and Mozart as well as the first onstage performance of Valerie Coleman's Seven O’Clock Shout, the Orchestra’s commissioned anthem in response to COVID-19. Experience soprano Angel Blue's gorgeous rendition of Verdi’s “D’amor sull’ali rosee” from Il trovatore, a new virtual collaboration with GRAMMY®-winning musician and actor Steve Martin, and a brilliant remote performance from pianist Lang Lang. All this plus special appearances by sports icon and owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms Billie Jean King make it a truly unforgettable evening!

Opening Night Co-Chairs Deborah Ledley, Judy Foster Glick, and Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch, and the Opening Night Committee look forward to welcoming you to this celebratory evening.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Dorothy Byrne.

Please note: The Opening Night Celebration Concert will begin with a performance premiere. Following the performance premiere, ticket holders will be able to watch the program until Wednesday, October 7, at 11 PM ET.

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Digital Stage




Diamond Benefactor
The Central Volunteer Committee
Edith R. Dixon
Patricia and John Imbesi
Leslie Anne Miller and Richard B. Worley
Joseph Neubauer and Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer
The PNC Financial Services Group
Platinum Benefactor
Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr.
Michael and Constance Cone
Mark and Tobey Dichter
Dr. and Mrs. John Glick
Dr. Larry Kaiser and Ms. Lindy Snider
Neal W. Krouse
Ralph W. Muller and Beth B. Johnston
Mari and Peter Shaw
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young
Constance and Sankey Williams
Gold Benefactor
Aurora Grace Chocolates
Richard and Claudia Balderston
Ballard Spahr LLP
Peter A. Benoliel and Willo Carey
Howard and Judy Bernick
Stephen and Naomi Breman
Judith Broudy
Sara A. Cerato
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Patsy and Ed Garno
Juliet J. Goodfriend and Marc R. Moreau
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Martin and Cynthia Heckscher
Robert Heim and Eileen Kennedy
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Sandy and David G. Marshall
John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick
Robert E. Mortensen
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Caroline B. Rogers
Lyn Ross
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Charles Ryan
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Bin Zhang and Liqun Qian
Silver Benefactor
Nancy and John Galloway
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Principal Benefactor
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