The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free College Concert Kicks Off 2015-16 eZseatU Season, October 20
College Students May Attend Unlimited Concerts for $25;
Presented by PNC Arts Alive, eZseatU Makes the Arts Accessible to Students
(Philadelphia, September 3, 2015)—The Philadelphia Orchestra’s college student program, eZseatU, kicks off its 2015-16 season with the eighth annual Free College Concert, Tuesday, October 20, at 8 PM at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Presented by PNC Arts Alive, the popular membership program gives college students the opportunity to attend an unlimited number of concerts by the Fabulous Philadelphians for an annual fee of just $25. The free concert in Verizon Hall, open to all full-time college students in the greater Philadelphia area, features Johannes Moser performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Maestro Donald Runnicles conducts the program, which also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Additionally, the concert will be LiveNote™ enabled, allowing concertgoers to access custom-created information about the performed musical works through the mobile app, which follows along with the music in real time, presenting musical, emotional, and historical highlights.
Tickets for the Free College Concert are currently available on philorch.org. Students must have a printed ticket and a valid student ID to attend the concert. Pre-concert entertainment begins at 6:30 PM with a performance by the University of Pennsylvania Marching Band, and Campus Philly will have a table set up with information about area activities for students. Immediately following the concert, the party continues in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza, where White Limo, a Foo Fighters tribute band, will perform, and free food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.
To purchase an eZseatU annual membership, visit philorch.org to create an account and pay a one-time fee of $25. Members then reserve spots online beginning each Tuesday for a concert that week and print the free ticket. Students must bring a valid student ID to gain admission. Additional tickets for up to four full-time student guests are available for just $8 each for most concerts.
The benefits to eZseatU include access to post-concert events such as the popular College Art Night exhibition in the spring, a post-concert event featuring the artistic talents of students along with free food, drinks, live music, and the opportunity to mingle with musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
The eZseatU program is part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s decades-long tradition of presenting learning and community engagement opportunities for listeners of all ages across the Delaware Valley. Additional support is provided by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation. For more information, please visit philorch.org.
Free College Concert
October 20 at 8 PM – Tuesday evening – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Donald Runnicles Conductor
Johannes Moser Cello
Elgar Cello Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Tickets for the Free College Concert are now available on philorch.org. Students must have a printed ticket and a valid student ID to attend the concert. Please note this concert will be performed without an intermission.
Presented by PNC Arts Alive, the eZseatU membership program provides full-time students access to all Philadelphia Orchestra Kimmel Center subscription concerts for just $25 per year. Memberships are valid from October through May and must be renewed each year. Individuals must be full-time students and have a valid student ID to participate. Seating location is dependent on availability. eZseatU members must have access to the internet and a printer, as well as a valid credit card to participate. For more information, please visit philorch.org/eZseatuU.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for a legacy of imagination and innovation on and off the concert stage. The Orchestra is transforming its rich tradition of achievement, sustaining the highest level of artistic quality, but also challenging—and exceeding—that level by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s highly collaborative style, deeply-rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming, have been heralded by critics and audiences alike since his inaugural season in 2012. He is embraced by the musicians of the Orchestra, audiences, and the community itself. The New York Times has called Nézet-Séguin “phenomenal,” adding that under his baton, “the ensemble … has never sounded better.” Under Nézet-Séguin’s leadership the Orchestra returned to recording on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The Orchestra also reaches thousands of listeners on the radio with weekly Sunday afternoon broadcasts on WRTI-FM.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has a decades-long tradition of presenting learning and community engagement opportunities for listeners of all ages across the Delaware Valley. Concerts for families and schoolchildren; eZseatU, which allows full-time college students to attend an unlimited number of Orchestra concerts for a $25 annual membership fee; Free Neighborhood Concerts; and PreConcert Conversations before every subscription concert are only a few examples of ways in which the Orchestra introduces orchestral music to a new generation of listeners. Current initiatives that take musicians off the traditional concert stage and into the community include the highly-successful PopUP Concerts and PlayINs, SingINs, and ConductINs. The Orchestra’s musicians, in their own dedicated roles as teachers, coaches, and mentors, serve a key role in growing young musician talent and a love of classical music, nurturing and celebrating the wealth of musicianship in the Philadelphia region.
Through concerts, tours, residencies, presentations, and recordings, the Orchestra is a global ambassador for Philadelphia and for the United States. Based in the historic visit to China, today The Philadelphia Orchestra boasts a new partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing that calls for tours and residencies in China’s major cities and outlying provinces, and which has been hailed by the U.S. Department of State for exemplary people-to-people exchange. In 2015 Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra toured Europe together for the first time. They were joined by the Commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Governor’s office as part of a trade exchange with the major capitals of Europe. Domestically the ensemble annually performs at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center while also enjoying summer residencies in Saratoga Springs, New York, and Vail, Colorado.
For more information on The Philadelphia Orchestra, please visit philorch.org.
PNC Arts Alive
PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative from the PNC Foundation that supports visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement. For more information on PNC Arts Alive and the grant recipients, visit PNCARTSALIVE.com.
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