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The Philadelphia Orchestra Celebrates the Season with Holiday Concerts throughout December

November 9, 2015

Christmas Kids’ Spectacular Family Concert (December 5)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducts Handel’s Messiah (December 11-13)

Bramwell Tovey Returns for the Glorious Sound of Christmas (December 17-20)

New Year’s Eve with Nézet-Séguin and Star Soprano Angela Meade (December 31)

Broadway Megastar Kristin Chenoweth Joins the Orchestra for One Night Only (January 2)

The Capitol Steps Bring Political and Musical Comedy to Philadelphia (January 3) 

 

(Philadelphia, November 9, 2015)—Creating holiday traditions for families throughout the Delaware Valley for generations, The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates the season with festive concerts all December long at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, guest conductor Bramwell Tovey, and Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman lead the Orchestra in programs that spread holiday cheer and provide fun for the whole family. For a complete calendar of holiday concerts, please see event listings below.

The Orchestra’s holiday season kicks off with the annual Christmas Kids’ Spectacular Family Concert on December 5. Led by Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman, this season’s program features favorite carols and classics such as Sleigh Ride and a selection from Leopold Mozart’s “Toy” Symphony; a holiday sing-along; music from Disney’s Frozen; and a special visit from Santa Claus. Mezzo-soprano Anne Marie Stanley—the 2015 Greenfield Competition Senior Division winner—and the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts Choir lend their voices for this festive program.

The following weekend, the Orchestra presents a 250-year-old Christmas tradition: Handel’s Messiah, led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, December 11-13. Nézet-Séguin assembles a world-class roster of vocalists, a chorus of talented voices from throughout the region, and the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra for these joyous concerts. The performances welcome the return of mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill and tenor Andrew Staples, whose deeply emotive performances in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion captivated Philadelphia audiences in 2013 and 2015. Soprano Karina Gauvin also returns for Messiah after her riveting 2012 appearances. Bass Matthew Rose makes his debut and the Orchestra welcomes the addition of countertenor Christophe Dumaux in this uniquely-styled performance.

Audience favorite Bramwell Tovey returns to Philadelphia for the Glorious Sound of Christmas, December 17-20. The Philadelphia Orchestra has been making Christmas memories for families for generations, from Leopold Stokowski’s Christmas Day radio broadcast in 1930 to Eugene Ormandy’s best-selling 1962 recording, The Glorious Sound of Christmas, to the premiere of Tovey’s original song “The Rittenhouse Carol,” which he performed for Philadelphia audiences last year.

Leading the city’s best New Year’s Eve celebration, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin returns to the podium to ring in 2016 together with the Fabulous Philadelphians and soprano Angela Meade. The evening begins under the sparkling dome of the Kimmel Center, and ends early enough to make it home—or to the next party—by midnight.

Broadway and television megastar Kristin Chenoweth joins The Philadelphia Orchestra for a one-night-only concert event, January 2, at the Kimmel Center. In this live show, the acclaimed star performs iconic songs from her best known hit shows, such as Wicked, Glee, and On The Twentieth Century—as well as popular standards and classics from Broadway, Hollywood, and beyond.

Finishing out the holiday season, The Philadelphia Orchestra presents the Capitol Steps, a Washington, D.C.-based political comedy troupe, at the Kimmel Center on January 3 at 2 PM. Born out of the holidays when a group of Senate staffers were planning entertainment for a Christmas party, the Capitol Steps perform a hilarious lineup of songs from their current album, Mock the Vote. This timely performance takes place less than one month before the Iowa caucuses—the first major electoral event of the nominating process for president of the United States—on February 1, 2016. (Please note The Philadelphia Orchestra does not perform on this program.)

For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit philorch.org.

 

 

Family Concert: Christmas Kids’ Spectacular
December 5 at 11:30 AM — Saturday morning — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Lio Kuokman Conductor
Anne Marie Stanley Mezzo-soprano (Greenfield 2015 Senior Division Winner)
Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts Choir (Dorina Morrow Director)

Mason                                      "Joy to the World”
Leontovich                                
Carol of the Bells”
L. Mozart                                  First movement from Symphony in C major (“Toy”)
Traditional                                 "The First Nowell"
Gounod                                     "Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle?" from Romeo and Juliet
Traditional                                 "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
Lopez                                       Suite from Frozen
Various                                     A Holly and Jolly Sing-Along
Anderson                                  Sleigh Ride

Hear the sleigh bells jingle and the trumpets sound! Get your tickets early for our annual Christmas Kids Spectacular! This year’s concert features favorite carols and holiday classics like Sleigh Ride and the “Toy” Symphony; a holiday sing-along; music from Disney’s Frozen; and—ho ho ho!—a visit from Santa (who must love the Orchestra; he’s back every year!) Let The Philadelphia Orchestra kick off your holiday season in fun, festive, and family-friendly fashion!

Tickets start at $20 and are available at 215.893.1999 or philorch.org.

Yannick Conducts Messiah
December 11 at 8 PM — Friday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
December 12 at 8 PM — Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
December 13 at 2 PM — Sunday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Karina Gauvin Soprano – Philadelphia Orchestra Subscription Debut
Karen Cargill Mezzo-soprano
Christophe Dumaux Countertenor – Philadelphia Orchestra Debut
Andrew Staples Tenor
Matthew Rose Bass – Philadelphia Orchestra Debut
Philadelphia Voices (Jonathan Coopersmith Choral Direction) 

Handel

Messiah

Kicking off the holiday season in grand style, Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a joyous Handel's Messiah, assembling a world-class roster of vocalists, a chorus of talented voices from throughout the region, and the glorious musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. These performances welcome the return of mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill and tenor Andrew Staples, whose deeply emotive performances in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion captivated Philadelphia audiences. Soprano Karina Gauvin also returns for Messiah after her riveting 2012 appearances. Bass Matthew Rose makes his debut and Yannick welcomes the addition of countertenor Christophe Dumaux in this uniquely-styled performance.

Tickets start at $40, and are available at 215.893.1999 or philorch.org.

The Glorious Sound of Christmas
December 17 at 7 PM — Thursday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
December 18 at 7 PM — Friday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
December 19 at 7 PM — Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
December 20 at 2 PM — Sunday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey Conductor
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia (Paul Rardin Artistic Director and Principal Conductor)

Back by popular demand, the multi-talented Bramwell Tovey (he’s a Grammy-winning conductor, composer, pianist, and narrator) is coming to town, full of holiday merriment. From favorite traditional carols to Tovey’s own artistic offerings, like his original “Rittenhouse Carol,” our Glorious Sound of Christmas concerts are guaranteed to get you in the spirit of the season. At the heart? “The core of it all is the humanity of the players,” says Tovey. He’s thrilled to be a part of the Philadelphians’ “exalted” music-making.

Tickets start at $20, and are available at 215.893.1999 or philorch.org.

New Year’s Eve
December 31 at 7:30 PM — Thursday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Angela Meade Soprano

Ring in 2016 in style with Yannick and the Fabulous Philadelphians! There’s no better place to be than under the shimmering dome of the Kimmel Center as we welcome the New Year in a fun and festive fashion. Join us as we toast auld lang syne … and begin another full year of celebrating the inimitable Philadelphia Sound.

Tickets start at $60, and are available at 215.893.1999 or philorch.org.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Featuring Kristin Chenoweth
January 2 at 8 PM – Saturday evening – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Kristin Chenoweth
The Philadelphia Orchestra

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth takes the lead in a spectacular career that effortlessly spans film, television, voiceover, and stage. In her live show, the acclaimed star brings iconic songs from her best known hit shows, such as Wicked, Glee, and On the Twentieth Century—as well as popular standards and classics from Broadway, Hollywood, and beyond!

Tickets start at $45, and are available at 215.893.1999 or philorch.org.

Capitol Steps
January 3 at 2 PM — Sunday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Capitol Steps have been a Washington, D.C. institution for over 30 years, providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy to our Nation’s Capital and more. Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. The troupe started in 1981, when John McCain was only 63 years old!  Since then, they have appeared on The Today Show, Nightline, CBS Evening News, and for many years in specials for National Public Radio.

If you ever wanted to see Barack Obama sing a show tune, Nancy Pelosi sing a rock song, or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie perform a classical ballet, this might just be the show for you!

Please note The Philadelphia Orchestra does not perform on this concert.

Tickets start at $29, and are available at 215.893.1999 or philorch.org

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