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Philadelphia Orchestra Gives FREE Concert for Giving Tuesday

November 25, 2014

Tickets for December 2 Concert at the Kimmel Center

May be Reserved that Day at 8 AM at www.philorch.org

 Concertgoers Asked to Donate to

Cradles to Crayons’s “Sponsor a Snow Day”

#PhilOrchFreeConcert #GivingTuesday

(Philadelphia, November 25, 2014)—In the spirit of the season, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin give back to the Philadelphia community and their supporters with a FREE Concert for Giving Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30 PM at the Kimmel Center. Seating is general admission and tickets may be reserved beginning at 8 AM the day of the concert, Tuesday, December 2. Musicians will be dressed in colorful attire and the audience is invited to do the same. The family-friendly program will last approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

“Philadelphians have stepped up for the Orchestra, and in return we offer our thanks with this free concert, led by Yannick, at the most giving time of year,” said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “There is no better way to show our appreciation than through an evening of shared fun and celebration of the transformative power of music. Thank you, Philadelphia, our Fabulous Philadelphians look forward to seeing you at our home at the Kimmel Center on Giving Tuesday.”

The Orchestra celebrates the wealth of musicianship in the Philadelphia region through a wide range of immersive and interactive events and activities in the community and at its home in the Kimmel Center, sharing music-making in ways that engage, surprise, and delight musicians and audiences alike. The Free Concert for Giving Tuesday, one manifestation of these initiatives, begins at 6 PM with a pre-concert performance of festive holiday music in Commonwealth Plaza and a chance for would-be conductors to lead musicians of the Orchestra in “Conduct the PO” sessions. Doors to Verizon Hall open at 7 PM; the concert begins at 7:30 PM.

Yannick will lead the Orchestra in a varied program that includes such seasonal favorites as “Waltz of the Flowers” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, the third movement of Brahms’s Symphony No. 3, blue cathedral by Philadelphia resident and Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer  Jennifer Higdon, and “Autumn” from Glazunov’s The Seasons. The concert will also include the opportunity for the audience to choose one of three Slavonic Dances by Dvořák, and some audience participation surprises.

Concert-goers will also be able to use the Orchestra’s recently-introduced LiveNote™ application for mobile devices, which will be enabled for three works on the program. The app follows along with the music in real time, presenting musical, emotional, and historical highlights of selected works performed in the concert. Staff will be on hand in Commonwealth Plaza before the concert to assist concertgoers who wish to use the app. 

Concertgoers are asked to also give to the community by bringing an item to contribute to Cradles to Crayons, which will receive donations from a month-long drive coordinated by the Kimmel Center and its resident companies. The goal of this year’s drive, “Sponsor a Snow Day,” is to collect all types of new or gently-used winter gear including coats, hats, gloves and mittens, boots, pants, and new pajamas. In keeping with the snow day theme, new and gently-used indoor activities such as books, board games, and puzzles are also welcome. 

For more information about the Free Concert for Giving Tuesday please visit www.philorch.org.



Philadelphia Orchestra Free Concert for Giving Tuesday

December 2 at 7:30 PM – Tuesday evening — Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Pre-Concert activities begin at 6 PM in Commonwealth Plaza

Verizon Hall doors open 7 PM

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

The Philadelphia Orchestra 


Tchaikovsky                             “Waltz of the Flowers,” from The Nutcracker

Dvořák (Audience choice)            Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No 1; Op. 46, No. 8; or Op. 72, No. 2

Brahms                                   Third movement from Symphony No. 3

Glazunov                                 “Autumn,” from The Seasons

Higdon                                    blue cathedral

Anderson                                 Sleigh Ride


Seating is general admission and tickets may be reserved beginning at 8 AM the day of the concert, Tuesday, December 2.


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