Each summer, we are honored to welcome audiences from Philadelphia into our summer homes. This is a unique opportunity to see the Orchestra in these different venues. Also, as part of its commitment to cultural diplomacy, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin toured Europe and Israel from May 24 through June 5.
Follow along with us as we spend the summer traveling to these varied locations. We hope to see you soon at one of our concerts this summer!
Diverse artistry thrives at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the cultural hub of upstate New York, the Hudson Valley, Vermont, the Berkshires, Connecticut, and nearby Canada.
Opening Night of The Philadelphia Orchestra's August residency will continue the new tradition of featuring Tchaikovsky's famed 1812 Overture, complete with fireworks, live cannon fire and dancers from The Pennsylvania Ballet, as the kick-off to the 2018 orchestra season.
As part of SPAC's new Thursday Matinee series, Stéphane Denève will lead a “Symphonic Shakespeare” program of popular orchestral music set to Shakespeare's most illustrious works. Pieces by Tchaikovsky, Walton, Berlioz, and Mendelssohn will underscore excerpts performed by guest actors of Shakespeare's most beloved plays, such as Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and As You Like It.
In this unprecedented multimedia event led by conductor Kensho Watanabe, The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform The Planets from the HD Odyssey film series, featuring images of NASA's exploration of the solar system brought to life in vivid form with the orchestra's performance of Holst's exciting, cosmic score.
According to The New York Times, “The images in the movie, produced and directed by Duncan Copp, were often astonishing.
Experience your favorite movies transformed with the music of a live symphony orchestra in the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series. For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™ while a live symphony orchestra performs John Williams' unforgettable score and Harry Potter™ soars across the big screen in high-definition.
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™, based on J.K.
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in Saratoga for two weeks.
Yannick will be joined by internationally recognized Dutch piano duo Lucas and Arthur Jussen, who will perform at SPAC and with The Philadelphia Orchestra for the first time.
Carnival of the Animals is a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Accompanied by accessible commentary, alongside projections of animal drawings submitted by local children, attendees are invited to follow each section of Saint-Saëns' classic piece while they listen. Young, virtuosic “piano brothers” Lucas and Arthur Jussen will perform alongside the Orchestra following their debut performance the previous evening.
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin pay homage to the birth centennial of the composer-conductor with an All-Bernstein program featuring an orchestral suite from his only film score, On the Waterfront, Serenade featuring violinist Jennifer Koh, and scenes from West Side Story. Making her SPAC debut, Jennifer Koh, Musical America's 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, is recognized for her intense, commanding performances.
“The Force is strong with this one…”
Set 30 years after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: A New Hope, the fourth episode of the saga, returns to the desert planet of Tatooine. A young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins to discover his destiny when, searching for a lost droid, he is saved by reclusive Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness). A civil war rages in the galaxy, and Rebel forces struggle against the evil Galactic Empire, Luke and Obi-Wan enlist the aid of hotshot pilot, Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
Born into the exceptional pianistic tradition of the Ukraine, Serhiy Salov is recognized as an outstanding pianist, whose playing is both energetic and imbued with sensitivity. Salov, who will be making his SPAC and Philadelphia Orchestra debuts, is Artist-in-Residence at the Orchestre Métropolitain.
The final Philadelphia Orchestra matinee of the season will feature Concertmaster David Kim and Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang for an evening of “Captivating Classics.” Kicking off the afternoon is the festive Overture to William Tell, irrevocably remembered for its exciting final three minutes, which came to serve as the theme music for the Lone Ranger programs in movies and on radio and television.
Returning to SPAC for two encore performances is celebrated violinist Joshua Bell. With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, he will perform two closing evenings including an August 17 program highlighted by Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1.
The Academy Award-winning film The Red Violin follows the intricate history of a beautiful antique violin that is traced from its creation in Cremona, Italy, in 1681, where a legendary violin maker (Carlo Cecchi) paints it with his dead wife's blood to keep her memory alive, to an auction house in modern-day Montréal, where it draws the eye of an expert appraiser (Samuel L. Jackson). Over the intervening years, the violin travels through four different countries, where it has a profound impact on all those who own it.
Bravo! Vail is Colorado’s premier summer music festival, and the only one in North America to host three world-renowned symphony orchestras in a single season, including The Philadelphia Orchestra.
The Fabulous Philadelphians offer a thrilling start to their Vail season, joined by an “extraordinarily intelligent, soulful and impassioned” (The Strad) superstar violinist and culminating with Dvorák's joyfully exuberant portrait of Bohemian spirit.
The “strikingly imaginative” (Boston Globe) Nicholas Angelich makes his Vail debut with one of Beethoven's greatest creations, and Mahler's nature-inspired melodies reach to the heavens for a truly out-of-this-world experience.
Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève leads the Fabulous Philadelphians on a grand musical tour, featuring the “unassailable artistry” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) of Bravo! favorite Jean-Yves Thibaudet in the vividly exotic “Egyptian” concerto.
Raiders of the Lost Ark, complete film (including dialogue) with live orchestra performing the entire score.
A Bravo! Vail tradition takes on a new adventure! As dusk descends, follow Indiana Jones on his famous quest while the Fabulous Philadelphians perform John Williams' epic score live. Grab a blanket and some popcorn and bring the whole family for this unique Bravo! experience.
Musical America's 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year Augustin Hadelich returns to Vail with Barber's explosively brilliant concerto, and Brahms's Haydn Variations are nothing less than inspired perfection.
Daniil Trifonov, whose stunning surprise debut electrified audiences last season, returns to Vail with Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto, the high-spirited heart of an enchanting program filled with mythological romance and fairy-tale charms.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, located in Philadelphia's beautiful Fairmount Park, continues its rich tradition as the Greater Philadelphia region's premier outdoor cultural arts center.
The breathtaking range of Russia's most beloved cultural export, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is on display to open our 2018 summer season with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Elegant and fiery, soulful and triumphant, Tchaikovsky's music captures the longing of the human spirit and celebrates the vitality only music can extol. His most popular opera, Eugene Onegin, centers this program, a story of love and loss first immortalized by Pushkin in his novel of the same name.
Celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein in our signature festival concert featuring his most treasured works. The program includes excerpts from On the Town, Peter Pan, Candide, and Gershwin's jazz-infused Rhapsody in Blue, a seminal composer in his own right who was a significant influence for Bernstein.
The Mann Center will present the world premiere of a newly commissioned work South Side, Symphonic Dances by acclaimed American composer Darin Atwater.
The Mann is thrilled to present Star Wars: A New Hope live in concert on July 20th. The Philadelphia Orchestra will play John Williams' iconic musical score live as the film is projected on three giant screens.
The Mann Center, NFL Films, and the Philadelphia Eagles take center stage this summer to celebrate the Eagles' Championship Season with the world premiere of this “Philly Special” concert event. Hosted by the “Voice of the Eagles,” Merrill Reese, relive NFL Films' stunning video highlights of the Philadelphia Eagles Championship Season on three giant screens alongside the great Philadelphia Orchestra, performing live the inspiring, uplifting and wonderfully symphonic music of NFL Films.
The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series returns to the Mann with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert, the third film in the Harry Potter series. On July 26, 2018, The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the magical score from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.
The saying "Only in America" easily describes the brilliant career of George Gershwin. Born in Brooklyn in 1898 as the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Gershwin brought the thrilling worlds of jazz and Broadway into the concert hall and opera house. The serious and the playful make this concert a true portrait of this multi-talented American whose music is heard now in every corner of the world.
A travel enthusiast, Gershwin's Cuban Overture and An American in Paris are among the best musical postcards ever written.
The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to Penn's Landing for a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the Riverstage at the Great Plaza, presented by Wells Fargo, in partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., featuring a selection of musical favorites.
These events are FREE and open to the public but online RSVPs are encouraged to receive the latest information regarding these concerts.