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Individual Tickets for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Special Event and Holiday Concerts Now On Sale

July 24, 2014

 

2014-15 Holiday Concerts Include Christmas Kids Spectacular!; The Glorious Sound of Christmas; Messiah; New Year’s Eve Concert with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and Cirque de la Symphonie

 One-of-a-Kind Concerts are Halloween Organ Extravaganza; China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra with Special Guest Yuja Wang; and Easter performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

 (Philadelphia, July 24, 2014)—Individual tickets are now on sale for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s holiday and special event concerts. The holiday concerts, a tradition throughout the region, include the Christmas Kids Spectacular! Family Concert, The Glorious Sound of Christmas, Messiah, New Year’s Eve with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Cirque de la Symphonie. Also on sale are tickets to the special-event Halloween Organ Extravaganza, China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra with guest pianist Yuja Wang, and two performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.  Individual tickets to all other Philadelphia Orchestra concerts go on sale after Labor Day, on September 2.

 HOLIDAY CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Christmas Kids Spectacular! Family Concert (December 13): Deck the halls and come-a-caroling with The Philadelphia Orchestra for a festive celebration of your favorite sounds of the season, sing-alongs, and of course, a visit from Santa! Dancers and actors help the Orchestra bring pieces like The Nutcracker and ’Twas the Night Before Christmas to life. It’ll be lovely weather to hear Sleigh Ride together, so reserve your seats now and jingle all the way down to the Kimmel Center. Presented by US Airways. 
  • The Glorious Sound of Christmas ( December 18, 19, and 20): On the heels of a rousing appearance with the Orchestra in 2012, Bramwell Tovey returns this season for three nights to lead a cheerful mixture of traditional holiday favorites, his own arrangements and improvisations, and his special brand of storytelling. Bring the whole family and start a new holiday tradition. Happy Christmas to all! 
  •  Messiah (December 21): A cornerstone of Philadelphia’s holiday tradition! Handel’s Messiah and the resounding joy of the “Hallelujah” Chorus have been performed by The Philadephia Orchestra for over five decades. Get your tickets early: one performance only and it’s guaranteed to sell out. 
  •  New Year’s Eve (December 31): Leading the city’s best New Year’s Eve celebration, Yannick returns to the podium to ring in the New Year together with the Fabulous Philadelphians. Start your evening under the sparkling dome of the Kimmel Center. The concert ends early enough to make it home—or to your next party—by midnight! 
  • Cirque de la Symphonie (January 3 and 4): Cirque de la Symphonie’s award-winning performers show off their stomach-flipping skills to an incredible program of orchestral showpieces provided by The Philadelphia Orchestra.  These acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers made their debut with the Orchestra in Philadelphia last year to the delight of parents and children alike.

 SPECIAL CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Halloween Organ Extravaganza (October 31): New to Philadelphia, celebrate Halloween like never before. Come to this late-evening concert in costume to hear (and see and feel) the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ as never before. The Philadelphia Orchestra presents three master organists who pull out all the stops for an evening of spine-tingling Halloween staples. In addition to live performances of favorites such as MusorgskyA Night on Bald Mountain and Bachs Toccata and Fugue in D minor, witness a spectacular summoning of The Philadelphia Orchestras past music director, as Leopold Stokowskis organ roll recording of Bachs Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor comes to life before your very ears. This and many other surprise delights will make this a Halloween to remember. Note: The Philadelphia Orchestra does not appear on this program. 
  •  National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra with Yuja Wang (November 7): Enhancing its role as  the premier cultural ambassador to China, The Philadelphia Orchestra presents the National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra in concert along with Philadelphia-trained Chinese pianist and audience favorite, the charismatic Yuja Wang. The Orchestra is the National Centres long-term strategic partner in China. Known as the unmistakable “crown jewel” of Chinas performing arts, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing has become the countrys indisputable leading institution for performing arts and the citys great landmark of its dynamic cultural life, and now ranks among the finest spaces for the worlds classical music events. The concert will also mark the 35th anniversary of official diplomatic relations between the United States and China. This is a celebration you will not want to miss! 
  • St. Matthew Passion (April 1 and April 4): Join The Philadelphia Orchestra for these performances—nearly 300 years after the piece was premiered on Good Friday in 1727—and experience the groundbreaking creation much as the original 18th-century audience did that Easter weekend. Recounting the New Testament story of Jesus Christs final days—from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion—Bach calls for large-scale forces and a divided orchestra. Audiences were mesmerized when the Orchestra performed the work in 2013 for the first time in 30 years. Renowned stage director James Alexander’s brilliant minimalist staging enhances the storytelling. Bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams, mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, and tenor Andrew Staples as the Evangelist reprise their roles from those sold-out performances, and Yannick conducts the concert.

This is a Symphony V.0 production.

 Tickets for all holiday and special event concerts can be purchased now on the Orchestra’s website, www.philorch.org, by calling 215.893.1999, or in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office located on the corner of Spruce and Broad Streets.

A full concert listing is below. For more information on The Philadelphia Orchestra, please visit www.philorch.org. 

HALLOWEEN ORGAN EXTRAVAGANZA

October 31 at 9:30 PM – Friday evening – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Peter Richard Conte Organ
Ken Cowan Organ
Paul Jacobs Organ

This performance is made possible in part by the generous support of the Wyncote Foundation.

Note: The Philadelphia Orchestra does not appear on this program.

Tickets are General Admission and are $50 plus applicable fees.

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS ORCHESTRA

November 7 at 8:00 PM – Friday evening – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Lü Jia Conductor
Yuja Wang Piano

Qigang Chen Wu Xing
Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Tickets start at $20 plus applicable fees.

FAMILY CONCERT: CHRISTMAS KIDS SPECTACULAR!

December 13 at 11:30 AM – Saturday morning – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

Michael Boudewyns Narrator
Sara Valentine Narrator
Rock School for Dance Education
     Bojan Spassoff President and Director

Presented by US Airways

Tickets start at $19 plus applicable fees.

THE GLORIOUS SOUND OF CHRISTMAS

December 18 at 7:00 PM – Thursday evening – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 19 at 7:00 PM – Friday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 20 at 7:00 PM – Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Bramwell Tovey Conductor

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
     Alan Harler Artistic Director

Tickets start at $20 plus applicable fees.

MESSIAH

December 21 at 2:00 PM – Sunday afternoon – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Singers Chorale
     David Hayes Music Director

Handel Messiah

Tickets start at $35 plus applicable fees.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

December 31 at 7:30 PM – Wednesday evening – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Tickets start at $70 plus applicable fees.

Cirque de la Symphonie 

January 3 at 8:00 PM – Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

January 4 at 2:00 PM – Sunday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

Cirque de la Symphonie

Tickets start at $35 plus applicable fees.

 

 ST. MATTHEW PASSION

April 1 at 8:00 PM – Wednesday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

April 4 at 8:00 PM – Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Carolyn Sampson Soprano
Karen Cargill Mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples Tenor (Evangelist)
Andrew Foster-Williams Bass-baritone
Philippe Sly Bass-baritone (Jesus)
Westminster Symphonic Choir
     Joe Miller Director
James Alexander Stage Director
Jon H. Weir Lighting Desiger

Bach The Passion According to St. Matthew

This is a Symphony V.O production.

Tickets start at $35 plus applicable fees.

 

 The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for a legacy of imagination and innovation on and off the concert stage. The Orchestra is transforming its rich tradition of achievement, sustaining the highest level of artistic quality, but also challenging—and exceeding—that level by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s highly collaborative style, deeply-rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming, have been heralded by critics and audiences alike since his inaugural season in 2012. He is embraced by the musicians of the Orchestra, audiences, and the community itself. His concerts of diverse repertoire attract sold-out houses, and he has established a regular forum for connecting with concert-goers through Post-Concert Conversations. The New York Times has called Nézet-Séguin “phenomenal,” adding that under his baton, “the ensemble … has never sounded better” and in a recent review stated: “The playing was uniformly exceptional: the Philadelphia strings showed the plushness they have long been famous for, combined with a versatility and flexibility of more recent vintage.” Under Nézet-Séguin’s leadership the Orchestra recently released a celebrated CD of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Leopold Stokowski transcriptions on the Deutsche Grammophon label, continuing its history of recording success. The Orchestra also reaches thousands of listeners on the radio with weekly Sunday afternoon broadcasts on WRTI-FM. 

Philadelphia is home, and the Orchestra nurtures an important relationship with patrons who support the main season at the Kimmel Center and also with those who enjoy the Orchestra’s other area performances at the Mann Center, Penn’s Landing, and other cultural, civic, and learning venues. As the proud owners of the venerable Academy of Music, a National Historic Landmark, the Orchestra supports upkeep of this iconic building so that opera, ballet and Broadway performances might thrive.  

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 the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Live Arts (Fringe Festival), Philadanco, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Ridge Theater Company, and stage director James Alexander, among others. In the 2013-14 season the Orchestra joined forces with Opera Philadelphia for sold-out performances of a co-production of Strauss’s Salome, and in 2014-15 expands its community partnerships through its first-ever performance of Bernstein’s groundbreaking MASS.

Through concerts, tours, residencies, presentations, and recordings, the Orchestra is a global ambassador for Philadelphia and for the United States. Having been the first American orchestra to perform in China, in 1973 at the request of President Nixon, today The Philadelphia Orchestra boasts a new partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing that calls for tours and residencies in China’s major cities and outlying provinces, and which has been hailed by the US Department of State for exemplary people-to-people exchange. Highlights of the Orchestra’s recent three-week tour of China, Japan, and Taiwan included a live concert simulcast from Shanghai that reached over 200,000 viewers worldwide, the first western musical performance to be streamed within and outside of China by a Chinese entity. In 2015 the Orchestra tours Europe and will represent Commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Governor’s office as part of a trade exchange with the major capitals of Europe. Domestically the ensemble annually performs at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center while also enjoying summer residencies in Saratoga Springs, New York, and Vail, Colorado.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has a decades-long tradition of presenting learning and community engagement opportunities for listeners of all ages across the Delaware Valley. Concerts for families and schoolchildren; eZseatU, which allows full-time college students to attend an unlimited number of Orchestra concerts for a $25 annual membership fee; free Neighborhood Concerts; and PreConcert Conversations before every subscription concert are only a few examples of ways in which the Orchestra introduces orchestral music to a new generation of listeners. The Orchestra’s recent initiative, The Fabulous Philadelphians Offstage, Philly Style!, has taken musicians off the traditional concert stage and into the community, including highly-successful PopUP Concerts and “PlayINs” for Cello, Violin, Harp, Brass, and Double Bass; SingINs, and ConductINs. The Orchestra’s musicians, in their own dedicated roles as teachers, coaches, and mentors, serve a key role in growing young musician talent and a love of classical music, nurturing and celebrating the wealth of musicianship in the Philadelphia region.   

For more information on The Philadelphia Orchestra, please visit www.philorch.org.

 

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