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The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Summer 2016 Season Includes Anniversary Celebrations

June 9, 2016

Summer Season Kicks Off with the Mann Center’s 40th Anniversary Season
(June 21, 23, 24, and July 20 and 23)

Performance under the stars at Longwood Gardens (June 29)

FREE Neighborhood Concert at Penn’s Landing (July 1)
Two FREE Neighborhood Chamber Concerts (June 15 and July 24)
FREE Side-by-Side with NYO2 at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall (July 2)
FREE PlayIN at 23rd Street Armory with NYO2 and NYO-USA (July 3)

10th Summer at Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains
(July 8-16)

Celebrating 50 Years of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (August 3-20)

(Philadelphia, June 9, 2016)—Returning from its triumphant 2016 Tour of Asia and China Residency, The Philadelphia Orchestra spends the coming months bringing its unique and renowned sound to music lovers across the U.S, performing in its homes in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and New York. The summer 2016 season includes the Mann Center for the Performing Arts with a special 40th anniversary celebration in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park venue on June 21, and continues with programs on June 23 and 24, and July 20 and 23. The Orchestra makes its 10th annual appearance at the Bravo! Vail festival in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, July 8-16. In August, the Philadelphians celebrate Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 50th anniversary in Upstate New York, August 3-20. In addition to these annual residencies, the Orchestra gives a concert under the stars at Kennett Square’s Longwood Gardens on June 29, a FREE Neighborhood Concert at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on July 1, and two FREE Neighborhood Chamber Concerts, at Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill on June 15 and at the Piazza in Northern Liberties on July 24. The three Neighborhood Concert events are presented by Wells Fargo. Additional free events take place on July 2 at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall and July 3 at the 23rd Street Armory as part of NYO2’s weekend of activities in Philadelphia. A separate release is available for The Philadelphia Orchestra and NYO2 here.

“This remarkable summer marks a number of long-time partnerships representing decades of music-making. From our local summer home at the Mann Center, to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, to our newest summer venue, Bravo! Vail, each is an important part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s life. We salute the Mann and SPAC on our anniversaries together and mark our 10th summer at Bravo! Vail,” said Allison Vulgamore, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra. “Also we are, through our partnership with Carnegie Hall, hosting NYO2 in Philadelphia for a weekend, offering unique new opportunities to Philadelphia music students. Our Neighborhood Concert at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing and the chamber Neighborhood Concerts provide more free opportunities to enjoy the music of the members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Once again, we thank Wells Fargo for over a decade of support of our Neighborhood Concerts and our friends at the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.”

For more information, visit philorch.org/summer.

The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts
The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates 40 years of summer festivities at its local summer home, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. The opening program (June 21) features a spectacular fireworks display and music from the repertoire performed by the Orchestra during its first summer at the Mann in 1976. The centerpiece of the Orchestra’s five performances at the Mann is the annual Party in the Park gala, featuring the North American premiere of a vividly-wrought interpretation of Stravinsky’s Firebird (July 20) created by Janni Younge of Handspring Productions. Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru leads the opening program, Firebird: Reimagined, and an all-Tchaikovsky program complete with fireworks (June 24). Movies at the Mann continues with the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert (June 23) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (July 23), with The Philadelphia Orchestra performing the rich orchestral scores as the films screen overhead.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s FREE Concerts for Philadelphia
The Orchestra joins Philadelphia’s Independence Day festivities on July 1 for a FREE Neighborhood Concert at Penn’s Landing, in partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, as part of the annual Wawa Welcome America! Celebration. Led by Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman, this quintessential summer concert features patriotic favorites as well as selections by Copland, John Williams, and the perennial Armed Forces Salute and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Boy soprano Bobby Hill, who memorably sang for His Holiness Pope Francis at the 2015 Festival of Families, makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut singing “God Bless America” and “Pie Jesu.” To add to the splendor of the evening, this year, following the concert at 9:30 PM, visitors to the Delaware River Waterfront will be able to enjoy the Wawa Welcome America! Fireworks presented by Comcast NBCUniversal & Pyrotecnico, an artfully designed fireworks show synchronized to a pre-recorded soundtrack of selections by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The soundtrack will be broadcast LIVE on KYW 1060 for listeners all over the city to enjoy. 

“The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is excited to once again partner with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Wells Fargo to present this spectacular free concert under the stars at Penn’s Landing,” said Tom Corcoran, president of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. “We have worked closely with these partners to host this special concert for the region so that all are able to experience this premier orchestra in a beautiful outdoor setting. This collaboration helps fulfill our mission of bringing arts to the waterfront while supporting our local institutions.” 

Two Free Neighborhood Chamber Concerts feature members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, one on June 15 at Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill and the other on July 24 at the Piazza in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood. All three concerts are presented by Wells Fargo.  

“At Wells Fargo, we are proud of our long history supporting The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of Philadelphia’s world class institutions,” said Greg Redden, Wells Fargo’s regional president for Greater Philadelphia and Delaware. “As presenting sponsor of the Orchestra’s Free Neighborhood Concert Series for the 13th year, we are delighted to continue the tradition of bringing the Orchestra’s music to thousands of people. The concert series offers a wonderful opportunity for community residents to come together to enjoy a live performance of one of the world’s great classical music ensembles and its leading musicians.” 

The events with NYO2 and NYO-USA (National Youth Orchestra of the USA) further expand The Philadelphia Orchestra’s services to area students and music lovers of all ages. The Orchestra welcomes members of NYO2 and NYO-USA from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to Philadelphia for two free concerts, July 2 and 3. During their visit, the students from the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth will be mentored by members of NYO2. NYO2 members also participate in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free Neighborhood Concert at Penn’s Landing on Friday, July 1. On Saturday, July 2, at 6 PM, NYO2 musicians sit Side-by-Side with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero for a concert at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall that is free and open to the public. The weekend culminates in a Free Full Orchestra PlayIN at the 23rd Street Armory at 12 PM on Sunday, July 3, featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, NYO2, NYO-USA, as well as local instrumentalists.

NYO2, in its premiere season, is a program that features some of the most talented musicians ages 14 through 17 from across the country. It was created with a particular focus on attracting students from communities underserved by, and underrepresented in, the classical orchestral field. NYO2 is an extension of Carnegie Hall’s NYO-USA, a program for ages 16 through 19, now in its fourth year.  

Visit philorch.org/summer for more information on our FREE Neighborhood Concerts, and the NYO2 performances. 

The Philadelphia Orchestra at Longwood Gardens
On Wednesday, June 29, Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of chamber orchestra repertoire, featuring Concertmaster David Kim in Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons. The Second Suite from Handel’s Water Music and Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik enliven the evening at the Open Air Theatre at Longwood. The Philadelphia Orchestra most recently performed at the preeminent horticultural display garden in 2013.

The Philadelphia Orchestra at Bravo! Vail
Bramwell Tovey opens The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 10th season at Bravo! Vail with an all-Beethoven program (July 8) including the Triple Concerto with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Concertmaster David Kim, and Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni, and a dance-inspired program (July 10) introducing violinist Chad Hoopes, poised to become one of the classical world’s stars. The magic of Cirque de la Symphonie allows audiences to experience aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, and strongmen choreographed to classical masterpieces, led by Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman (July 9). Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads three powerhouse programs: July 14 with pianist Kirill Gerstein, July 15 with Lisa Batiashvili, and July 16 with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”), featuring soprano Karina Gauvin, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the Colorado Symphony Chorus.

The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center
It’s Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 50th anniversary, where The Philadelphia Orchestra is a founding company. August 3 is opening night for the Orchestra’s residency, and Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève does the honors. The program reprises excerpts from Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People, commissioned and premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra in November 2015, followed by the quintessential paean to humanity, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which was the first work performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC 50 years ago. Completing the season are the ever-virtuosic Sarah Chang; a world premiere by Michael Torke, commissioned for The Philadelphia Orchestra; dancers from the New York City Ballet, also a SPAC founding company; Handspring Productions’ Firebird; Keith Lockhart of Boston Pops fame; appearances by Joshua Bell and Chris Botti; and three concerts led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, featuring, respectively, stellar pianist André Watts, a SPAC veteran; America’s diva, soprano Renée Fleming, in her Saratoga debut; and a collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, SPAC’s newest resident company, for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Additional Philadelphia Orchestra programming introducing audiences to varied concert formats include the Pixar film Ratatouille in concert and Sophisticated Ladies, a tribute to the great ladies of American song. Prior to the concert on August 17, former Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Eugene Ormandy, one of the founding artists of Saratoga, will be honored with a “SPAC star” on the Amphitheatre apron. (August 3-20)

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