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The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces an Opening Night Gala Sweepstakes

September 29, 2011

(Philadelphia, September 29, 2011)-- The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the nation’s premier orchestras, kicks off its energizing 112th season with a night of cocktails, champagne, and classical favorites. Adding even more excitement to this year’s opening night concert, a Gala follows the performance with a dinner catered by internationally acclaimed Chef Wolfgang Puck.

With the addition of an enticing Gala sweepstakes (http://apps.facebook.com/sweepstakeshq/contests/157675), any patron that purchases two concert-only tickets to the Opening Night performance is automatically in the running to win a spectacular evening, including pre-concertcocktails, upgraded seating, and an intimate post-concert dinner with other supporters of one of our city’s most treasured cultural jewels.

The concert and gala will take place on Thursday evening, October 13. Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit and the Orchestra return to the Kimmel Center, joined by Grammy award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw, for an evening of classics carefully selected from the Great American Songbook. The concert also includes Ravel’s Bolero and Prokofiev’s Symphony No 1.

The Gala Sweepstakes Package is open to patrons who have purchased two concert-only tickets; ten second-place winners will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to a future Philadelphia Orchestra performance. The winners will be selected on October 10, 2011, and notified by October 11, 2011.

This year also marks the Silver Anniversary of the Orchestra’s Opening Night Concert and Gala. The Orchestra, its Board, and Gala volunteers created the Gala Contest to thank its friends and patrons for their dedication and support.

Opening Night and Gala Contest information is available on the Orchestra’s website at www.Philorch.org or on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Philorch.

 The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra is among the world’s leading orchestras. Renowned for its artistic excellence since its founding in 1900, the Orchestra has excited audiences with thousands of concerts in Philadelphia and around the world. With only seven music directors throughout more than a century of unswerving orchestral distinction, the artistic heritage of The Philadelphia Orchestra is attributed to extraordinary musicianship under the leadership and innovation of Fritz Scheel (1900-07), Carl Pohlig (1907-12), Leopold Stokowski (1912-41), Eugene Ormandy (1936-80), Riccardo Muti (1980-92), Wolfgang Sawallisch (1993- 2003), and Christoph Eschenbach (2003-08).

After 30 years of a celebrated association with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit currently continues the artistic heritage and tradition of artistic distinction as chief conductor. Yannick Nézet-Séguin joined the Orchestra’s leadership team as music director designate in June, 2010, and takes up the baton as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s next music director in 2012.

The Philadelphia Orchestra annually touches the lives of countless music lovers worldwide, through concerts, presentations, and recordings. Each year the Orchestra presents a subscription season at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, education and community partnership programs, and annual appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center; it also regularly tours throughout the world. Its summer schedule includes performances at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, free Neighborhood Concerts throughout Greater Philadelphia, and residencies at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. For more information on The Philadelphia Orchestra, please visit www.philorch.org.