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Philadelphia Orchestra Free Days— 6 Events, 4 Days, 1 Great Orchestra, 1 Great City The Fabulous Philadelphians Onstage and Offstage!

May 4, 2014

Sound All Around at the Free Library; Lunchtime Pop-Up Concert and “Conduct the PO” at the Comcast Center; Side-by-Side Events with the Lower Merion Symphony at Harriton High School, and Tune Up Philly and PRYSM at the Salvation Army Kroc Center; a SingIN at the Kimmel Center; and the First Neighborhood Concert of the Summer Hosted at Urban Outfitters, Inc., at the Navy Yard

Capping off a season that saw exhilarating artistic highlights, packed houses, an unanticipated free Pop-Up Concert, and hundreds of musicians “PlayingIN,” The Philadelphia Orchestra steps off the Verizon Hall stage and traverses the neighborhoods of its hometown for a week of free events. Philadelphia Orchestra Free Days, May 12-15, are an opportunity for the Orchestra to give an encore performance to its audiences, sharing music-making with musicians and audiences alike.

“As we close a successful season and prepare to embark on a tour of Asia, we are energized to connect directly through music, people to people across Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “We are moved by gratitude for our home communities each time we experience firsthand together the transformative power of music."

Philadelphia Orchestra Free Days begin Monday, May 12, with a Sound All Around program at the Parkway Central Library, presented by PNC Arts Alive and in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia. Sound All Around offers entertaining and engaging programs for children 3-5, providing an opportunity to get acquainted with instruments while listening to stories, singing songs, and moving to music. The Sound All Around program focuses on the flute and features Philadelphia Orchestra flutist Loren N. Lind, award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, and pianist Graeme Burgan. The interactive, 45-minute program takes place Monday, May 12, at 11 AM at the Parkway Central Library Auditorium, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are not required; available seating is first come, first-served.

On Tuesday, May 13, at 4:00 PM the Orchestra joins with musicians from two youth orchestras, Tune Up Philly and Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM), ensembles of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, in a Side-by-Side rehearsal at the Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia, 4200 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia. Led by Associate Conductor Cristian Măcelaru, the Side-by-Side rehearsal provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for developing musicians to play with their professional counterparts and receive one-on-one coaching. Among the pieces that will be performed are Paul Smith’s Suite for Young Orchestra and Memory of Pachelbel, Mozart’s A Little Night Music, and Leroy Anderson’s Jazz Pizzicato. Tickets are not required; available seating is first come, first-served.  

Wednesday, May 14, offers two opportunities to make music with Orchestra musicians. Vocalists can sing-along with Orchestra musicians to selections from Handel’s Messiah at a SingIN in Perelman Theater while instrumentalists perform in another Side-by-Side rehearsal with the Lower Merion Symphony at Harriton High School. The SingIN, conducted by Michael Rossi with soloists from the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, includes Part I and “Hallelujah” from Messiah; the Orchestra also performs excerpts from Handel’s Suite No. 2 from Water Music.

The SingIN continues the Orchestra’s highly successful PlayIN concept, going beyond the instrumental into the vocal world. The event takes place from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St, Philadelphia. To participate or attend, reserve your free ticket at www.philorch.org beginning on Monday, May 5, at 12:00 PM.

The Side-by-Side rehearsal, conducted by newly-named Orchestra Assistant Conductor Designate Lio Kuokman, takes place from 7:30 PM to 10 PM at Harriton High School, 600 N. Ithan Ave., Rosemont. The program consists of Bizet’s Symphony in C and Ravel’s Bolero. Tickets are not required; available seating is first come, first-served.

Would-be conductors will have the opportunity to guide a performance of members of the famous Philadelphia string section during a lunchtime concert Thursday, May 15, at noon at the Market & Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia. Lio Kuokman leads the concert, presented by Wells Fargo, in a program that features excerpts from Grieg’s “Holberg” Suite, Johann Strauss Jr. and Josef Strauss’s “Pizzicato” Polka, and the final movement from Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings. During the performance, audience members may step up and take the baton to conduct the musicians themselves in an excerpt from the first movement from Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music). Tickets are not required; available seating is first come, first-served.

Later that evening the Orchestra performs a Neighborhood Concert presented by Wells Fargo at 6:00 PM, hosted by Urban Outfitters Inc. at its headquarters at the Navy Yard, Building #543, 16th Street and Flagship Avenue. Conducted by Lio Kuokman, the performance includes Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from Eugene Onegin; Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 4; and Johann Strauss Jr.’s “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” Waltz. To participate reserve your free ticket at www.philorch.org beginning on Monday, May 5, at 12:00 PM.

Philadelphia Orchestra Free Days concerts and programs are part of the Fabulous Philadelphians Offstage—Philly Style!, the Orchestra’s celebration of the wealth of musicianship in the Philadelphia region through a range of community activities. For more information about events visit www.philorch.org.

About The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra has a decades-long tradition of presenting learning and community engagement opportunities for listeners of all ages across the Delaware Valley. Among the ways in which the Orchestra introduces orchestral music to a new generation of listeners are concerts for families and schoolchildren and eZseatU, which allows full-time college students to attend an unlimited number of Orchestra concerts for a $25 annual membership fee. Community concerts include free Pop-Ups, an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert, and Neighborhood Concerts. PreConcert and PostConcert Conversations bring concert-goers closer to the music, musicians, and conductors. Musician-led initiatives such as the Play-Ins shine a spotlight on the Orchestra’s musicians, as they spread out from the stage into the community, and serve a key role in growing musician talent and a love of classical music in their own dedicated roles as teachers, coaches, and mentors.   

The Philadelphia Orchestra maintains a strong commitment to collaborations with cultural and community organizations on a regional and national level. Since Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore’s arrival in 2010 the Orchestra has reinvigorated and launched new partnerships with Opera Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Live Arts (FringeArts), Philadanco, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Ridge Theater Company, and stage director James Alexander, among others.

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been heralded by critics and audiences alike for his highly collaborative style, deeply-rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming. He is embraced by the musicians of the Orchestra, audiences, and the community. His concerts of diverse repertoire attract sold-out houses and he has established a regular forum for connecting with concert-goers through PostConcert Conversations, as well as returning the Orchestra both to recording and to regular radio broadcasts. He is increasingly engaged with musicians in the Philadelphia community having conducted a Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert, a Neighborhood Concert, and a free Pop-Up Concert, in addition to leading the All-City Orchestra and Choir and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times has called Nézet-Séguin “phenomenal,” adding that under his baton, “the ensemble … has never sounded better.”

For more information on The Philadelphia Orchestra, please visit www.philorch.org.
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Sound All Around:  Flute with Loren N. Lind, Charlotte Blake Alston, and Graeme Burgan

May 12 at 11:00 AM – Monday morning — Parkway Central Library Auditorium, Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia

The Sound All Around program is presented by PNC Arts Alive and in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Tickets are not required; available seating is first come, first served.
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Side-by-Side Rehearsal with Tune Up Philly and PRYSM

May 13 at 4:00 PM – Tuesday afternoon — Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia
4200 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

Smith Suite for Young Orchestra
Smith Memory of Pachelbel
Schumann Selections from Kinderszenen
Smith Saint’s Samba
Williams “Happy”
Traditional “Amazing Grace”
Warlock Capriol Suite
Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music)
Anderson Jazz Pizzicato 

Tickets are not required; available seating is first come, first served.
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Philadelphia Orchestra SingIN

The Philadelphia Orchestra with Soloists from the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

May 14 at 6:30 PM – Wednesday evening — Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S. Broad St, Philadelphia

Michael Rossi Conductor
Soloists from the Academy of Vocal Arts
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Alan Harler Artistic Director

Handel Excerpts from Suite No. 2 from Water Music
Handel Part I from Messiah
Handel “Hallelujah,” from Messiah

To participate or attend, reserve your free ticket at www.philorch.org beginning on Monday, May 5, at 12:00 PM.
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Side-by-Side Rehearsal with the Lower Merion Symphony

May 14 at 7:30 PM – Wednesday evening — Harriton High School
600 N. Ithan Ave., Rosemont

Lio Kuokman Conductor

Bizet Symphony in C
Ravel Bolero

Tickets are not required; available seating is first come, first served.

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Lunchtime Concert and “Conduct Us” Opportunity

May 15 at 12:00 PM – Thursday afternoon — Market & Shops at Comcast Center
1701 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia

Lio Kuokman Conductor

Grieg Excerpts from “Holberg” Suite
J. Strauss, Jr., & Josef Strauss “Pizzicato” Polka
Mozart First movement from Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music)
Dvořák Fifth movement from Serenade for Strings

The Lunchtime Concert and “Conduct Us” Opportunity is presented by Wells Fargo.

This event is free and open to the public.
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Neighborhood Concert

May 15 at 6:00 PM – Thursday evening — Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at the Navy Yard
Navy Yard, Building #543, 16th Street and Flagship Avenue

Lio Kuokman Conductor

Tchaikovsky Polonaise, from Eugene Onegin
Waldteufel “The Skaters’” Waltz
Dvořák Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 4
Smetana Overture to The Bartered Bride
J. Strauss, Jr. "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" Waltz

The Neighborhood Concert is presented by Wells Fargo and hosted by Urban Outfitters, Inc.

To attend, reserve your free ticket at www.philorch.org beginning on Monday, May 5, at 12:00 PM.
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