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8:00 PM

Free Neighborhood Concert

8:00 PM, Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
Lio Kuokman - Conductor
Bobby Hill - Boy Soprano
Williams - Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Copland - "Hoe-Down," from Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Lloyd Webber - "Pie Jesu," from Requiem
Berlin - "God Bless America"
Various - Armed Forces Salute
Williams - "March of the Resistance" and "Rey's Theme," from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Williams - "Throne Room" and Finale, from Star Wars
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to the RiverStage at the Great Plaza for a ninth season to present another FREE Neighborhood Concert, presented by Wells Fargo, in partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The concert, part of the Wawa Welcome America Festival, will be led by the Orchestra’s assistant conductor, Lio Kuokman, and will feature patriotic favorites in honor of the country’s 240th birthday. The concert will be followed by a fireworks display. For more information on the Free Neighborhood Concert Series visit or call 215.893.1999.

6:00 PM

FREE Philadelphia Orchestra and NYO2 Side-by-Side Concert

6:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Giancarlo Guerrero - Conductor
Rachmaninoff - Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 (The Philadelphia Orchestra)
Tchaikovsky - Capriccio italien, Op. 45 (NYO2)
Respighi - The Pines of Rome (The Philadelphia Orchestra and NYO2)

The concert is FREE, but tickets are required. Please note that free tickets do not guarantee seating. Seating is general admission and first come, first served. Tickets are also available by phone at 215.893.1999 and at the Kimmel Center box office on the southwest corner of Broad and Spruce Streets. 


NYO2 is an orchestral training program for talented young instrumentalists ages 14–17 created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Based on the success of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2 launches in the summer of 2016 with a particular focus on attracting talented students from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. Participants will perform in a side-by-side concert with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

10:00 AM

Full Orchestra PlayIN

10:00 AM, 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Jim Ross - Conductor
Lio Kuokman - Conducting Tchaikovsky
Bizet - "Farandole," from L’Arlésienne, Suite No. 2
Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio espagnole
Tchaikovsky - Finale from Symphony No. 4

NYO2 joins with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, NYO-USA, and young musicians from throughout the Philadelphia region (including you!) for a massive orchestra rehearsal and performance. Repertoire will include the "Farandole" from the Suite No. 2 from Bizet's L'Arlésienne, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, and the finale of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Rehearsal at 10:00 AM, performance at 12:00 PM.

To sign up to participate as a youth instrumentalist, click on the Eventbrite link to register.

This concert is FREE and open to the public and tickets are not required. Seating is general admission and first come, first served.

6:00 PM

Bramwell Conducts: All Beethoven

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Bramwell Tovey - Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Piano
David Kim - Violin
Hai-Ye Ni - Cello
Beethoven - Overture to Egmont
Beethoven - Triple Concerto, for piano, violin, cello, and orchestra
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5

Beloved maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts an all-Beethoven program featuring the composer’s groundbreaking Triple Concerto with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the miraculous Symphony No. 5.

6:00 PM

Cirque de la Symphonie

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Lio Kuokman - Conductor
Cirque de la Symphonie

Back by popular demand in a brand new show, “Cirque de la Symphonie” allows audiences to experience the magic of cirque with aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, and strongmen all choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music.

6:00 PM

Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Bramwell Tovey - Conductor
Chad Hoopes - Violin
Strauss - Overture to Die Fledermaus
Kreisler - "Caprice viennois," for violin and orchestra
Kreisler - "Liebesfreud," for violin and orchestra
Ravel - Tzigane, for violin and orchestra
Tchaikovsky - Selections from Swan Lake

Bramwell Tovey conducts summer favorites sparkling with capricious rhapsodies and orchestral color. Poised to become classical music’s next superstar, 21-year-old violin prodigy Chad Hoopes makes his debut.

6:00 PM

Northern Lights: Grieg, Sibelius, Shostakovich

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Kirill Gerstein - Piano
Grieg - Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt
Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2
Sibelius - Symphony No. 5

Yannick leads Shostakovich’s touching and playful Piano Concerto No. 2 with the brilliant Kirill Gerstein, and concludes the evening with Sibelius’s pastoral Symphony No. 5.

6:00 PM

Mozart's Jupiter & Batiashvill

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Lisa Batiashvili - Violin
Mozart - Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter")
Dvorak - Three Slavonic Dances
Dvorak - Violin Concerto

Yannick introduces violinist and 2015 New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili in her Bravo! debut. Together they reveal the majesty, beauty, and folkloric inspiration of the much-loved Dvorak Violin Concerto. Uplifting and full of life, Mozart’s “Jupiter” opens the evening.

6:00 PM

Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Karina Gauvin - Soprano
Michelle DeYoung - Mezzo-soprano
Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Duain Wolfe - Director
Mahler - Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection")

Mahler’s “Resurrection,” an immense opus, depicts our search for meaning in an incomprehensible universe with irresistible beauty and power. In the hands of Yannick, this masterpiece promises transformation at every level.

8:00 PM

Firebird: Reimagined

8:00 PM, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Janni Younge Productions Puppets
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Stravinsky - The Firebird (complete ballet)

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present the North American premiere of the multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral score for the 1910 ballet. Firebird: Reimagined will link South African and Russian traditions and integrate music, literature, and the disciplines of dance, movement, and puppetry.

7:30 PM

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

7:30 PM, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Ludwig Wicki - Conductor
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Paul Rardin - Artistic Director
Philadelphia Boys Choir
Jeffrey Smith - Music Director
Shore - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Witness The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers the second film of the beloved trilogy, on a giant screen live with The Philadelphia Orchestra. This symphonic concert will showcase the epic score composed and orchestrated by Academy Award-winner Howard Shore, performed live by The Philadelphia Orchestra and two full choirs. See the epic motion picture as you never have before, only at the Mann.

Composer Howard Shore’s score to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring introduced audiences to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth and its resident cultures.

7:30 PM

Free Neighborhood Chamber Concert

7:30 PM, Schmidt's Commons (formerly the Piazza), 2nd St. and Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA

Dukas - Fanfare from La Péri
Ewald - Brass Quintet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 5
Jeffrey Curnow Trumpet
Anthony Prisk Trumpet
Jeffrey Lang Horn
Matthew Vaughn Trombone
Carol Jantsch Tuba

Reich - Music for Pieces of Wood
Morales - Little Rhumba
Don S. Liuzzi Percussion
Chistopher Deviney Percussion
Rolando Morales-Matos Percussion
Pablo Batista Percussion
Phil Obanion Percussion

Hindemith - Kleine Kammermusik (Quintet for Wind Instruments), Op. 24, No. 2
Rota - Petite Offrande musicale, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon
David Cramer Flute
Jonathan Blumenfeld Oboe
Samuel Caviezel Clarinet
Angela Anderson Smith Bassoon
Jeffrey Lang Horn

Dvorák - from String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 ("American"):
I. Allegro ma non troppo
IV. Vivace ma non troppo
Gardel - "Por una cabeza"
Yayoi Numazawa Violin
Daniel Han Violin
David Nicastro Viola
Hai-Ye Ni Cello

Musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra perform in a smaller chamber-sized groups in The Piazza at Schmidt's Commons. Consider it Northern Liberties's Guide to the Orchestra, with a brass quintet, percussion ensemble, woodwind quintet, and string quartet performing works by Dukas, Hindemith, Dvorák, and more!

A limited number of chairs will be available. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket and picnic.

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Free Neighborhood Concert Series is presented by Wells Fargo. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Annenberg Foundation, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.



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