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Area Cellists Perform Alongside Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians in Free PlayIN, April 30

April 26, 2016

Special guest Yo-Yo Ma joins participants onstage at the Kimmel Center

(Philadelphia, April 26, 2016)—One hundred cellists from the Philadelphia region perform alongside The Philadelphia Orchestra’s full cello section in a free PlayIN with special guest Yo-Yo Ma on Saturday, April 30, at 6 PM at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève and Ma join the PlayIN midway through. Participants will perform works by Breval, J.S. Bach, Schubert, Paganini, Vivaldi, Suzuki, and more. This event is free and open to the public, and audiences are encouraged to attend.

PlayINs are signature events for The Philadelphia Orchestra, and fall under the Access branch of the recently announced HEAR initiative, a portfolio of programs that promotes wellness, champions music education, eliminates barriers to accessing the Orchestra, and maximizes impact through research. PlayINs have taken place regularly since 2012, and are part of a full array of programs designed to promote access for people of all ages to experience orchestral music either as listeners or performers. Amateur musicians from across the Delaware Valley have dusted off their instrument cases in events showcasing the violin, flute, cello, double bass, viola, harp, woodwind, and brass sections of the Orchestra. Several have taken place at the Kimmel Center, with others at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, Haverford School, Mann Center, and the Temple Performing Arts Center.

Denève and Ma kick off a two-week celebration of John Williams’s music with The Philadelphia Orchestra, April 28 through May 1. Ma performs Williams’s Cello Concerto—which Williams wrote for him—on a program that also features the composer’s Tributes! For Seiji. Rounding out the concerts are “Clouds” and “Festivals” from Debussy’s Nocturnes and Musorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition orchestrated and arranged by Leopold Stokowski.

Philadelphia Orchestra Cello PlayIN with Special Guest Yo-Yo Ma
April 30 at 6 PM — Saturday evening — Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall

The Philadelphia Orchestra Cello Players
Stéphane Denève Conductor
Yo-Yo Ma Special Guest

The PlayIN repertoire is selected from Suzuki Books 1-6:
Squire                          Danse rustique
Vivaldi                          Second movement from Sonata No. 5 in E minor
Breval                          First movement from Sonata in C major
J.S. Bach                      Allegro moderato
Lully                            Gavotte
Schubert                       Berceuse
Paganini                       Theme from Witches' Dance
J.S. Bach                      Musette from English Suite No. 3
Purcell                          Rigadoon
Suzuki                          Allegro
Folk Song                     French Folk Song
J.S. Bach                      Arioso
Vivaldi                          First movement from Concerto for Two Cellos
Saint-Saëns                  “The Swan,” from Carnival of the Animals
Suzuki                          “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Please note that the Cello PlayIN is currently full. To inquire about a wait list, please e-mail education@philorch.org.

This event is free and open to the public, and audiences are encouraged to attend.