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Young Friends Events

Happenings for the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra are held throughout the season. This is a terrific opportunity for members to mingle, make friends, volunteer, and develop a deeper relationship with the Orchestra.

If you enjoy the Orchestra, want to build relationships, or just want to support the arts in Philadelphia, join us!

Become a Young Friend for FREE today!

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Upcoming Events

After Party
Saturday, April 29

Rachmaninoff Festival 8 PM
AFTER PARTY—immediately following the concert

Join Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and other Young Friends for a night of cocktails, mingling, and fun. Young Friends get exclusive access to the bar, where you can enjoy select beverages and light fare.

Space for this event is limited. A Young Friends ticket purchase for this concert is required for entrance.

Tickets for the best seats in the house and the event are $45! Use promo-code YOUNGFRIENDS and save!

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Help Support The Philadelphia Orchestra

Perfect Harmony
Saturday, April 23

5 PM—8:30 PM

Join us at the Merion Cricket Club for a music-filled event when our Fabulous Volunteers join forces with the Fabulous Philadelphians in support of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, spectacular silent and live auctions, and socializing with members of the Orchestra.

Young Friend ticket price is $125.

For more information contact McKenna Macko at 215.893.1956 or mmacko@philorch.org.

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Save the Date

The 2016-17 Philadelphia Orchestra season will offer a number of events through the Young Friends program. Here are some dates to mark on your calendars, with information to follow:

Young Friends of the Philadelphia Orchestra Presents: Tubular
Friday, May 5
Franky Bradley's
Concert 8 PM
Concert Details to be announced soon! 

Please note: All event dates and times are subject to change.

 

Past Events

Brunch & Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark© 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd.
All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, March 19

Brunch 12 PM
Concert 2 PM

Who doesn't love brunch! The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure... Raiders of the Lost Ark... with John Williams's epic score performed  live to picture by The Philadelphia Orchestra!

Brunch buffet and a beverage ticket is included with your $45 Young Friend ticket to Raiders of the Lost Ark. Cash bar is available.

If you have purchased a ticket to this performance, and plan to attend brunch, an RSVP is required at youngfriends@philorch.org.

 

Flowers After Hours, I love the '90s

Flowers After Hours

You'll be totally buggin' if you miss this exclusive throwback party! Rock out to retro hits performed by Tommy Conwell and dance to pop throwback tunes spun by Retro DJ Robert Drake, while sipping wine and spirits in the middle of garden exhibits! Hosted by Kristen Kurtis, WXPN morning show host and '90s enthusiast, Flowers After Hours promises to be all that and a bag of chips.

Activities planned include floral crown making, wine and spirit tastings, selfie stations, and urban stems floral deliveries.

Advanced Ticket Sale Price: $65

To help support PHS and The Phildaelphia Orchestra, please use promo-code POA17

 

Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Yannick ConductingSaturday, February 25 8 PM

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Brahms Selections from Eleven Chorale Preludes (orchestral transcriptions by Detlev Glanert)
Bach Cantata No. 150, "Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich"
Brahms Symphony No. 4

Yannick has spoken often of his great passion for Brahms, possibly his favorite composer. The culmination ofthis season's symphonic cycle features selections from his final musical work, the Eleven Chorale Preludes, as well as his last symphony and the Bach cantata that inspired it. The Chorale Preludes, originally written for organ, are a natural companion to Bach, the master of sacred organ and choral music, who is represented here by his Cantata No. 150. And in an homage across time, Brahms based the final movement of his majestic Fourth Symphony on the final movement of the same Bach Cantata. Hear the Chorale Preludes in beautiful new transcriptions by Detlev Glanert alongside the original organ works in this varied presentation featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. Marvelous works on their own; even better in context with each other; sublime with Yannick and the Philadelphians!

Just Announced: Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Allison Vulgamore, President and CEO, will be special guests.

Join other Young Friends in Bar Volvér immediately following the concert at

Enjoy a complimentary drink and light fare with other Young Friends.

Space for this event is limited. A Young Friends ticket purchase for this concert is required for entrance.

 

The Paris Festival: Week 1

Yannick ConductingFriday, January 13 8 PM

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Susan Graham Mezzo-Soprano

Charbrier Joyeuse Marche
Fauré Pavane
Saint-Saëns "Bacchanale," from Samson and Delilah
Canteloube Selections from Songs of the Auvergne
Ravel Menuet antique
Schmitt Salute from La Tragédie; de Salomé
Ravel Daphnis and Chloé (complete ballet)

Paris is home to one of the world’s richest mixtures of culture and music. This first of three Festival programs celebrates composers who were based in the City of Light. At the heart of the concert are the gorgeous selections from Joseph Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, a work often requested by our audience. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will float the exquisite melodies straight into your heart while showcasing the extraordinary chemistry she enjoys with Yannick. Chabrier was a composer’s composer; his Joyeuse Marche is a jaunty parade through the boulevards of Paris. Fauré’s haunting Pavane has delighted Parisiens (and everyone else) since its first performances in the 1880s. Saint-Saëns’s “Bacchanale” is a raucous episode from his opera Samson and Delilah. Ravel’s Menuet antique is perhaps inspired by Chabrier, an early supporter. And Florent Schmitt’s Suite from La Tragédie de Salomé anticipates the work of another Paris resident, Stravinsky. The lives (and works) of these composers intertwined; we know you’ll relish the musical riches that could only have been born in Paris.

This performance is LiveNote enabled.

Join other Young Friends in Bar Volvér immediately following the concert at

Enjoy a complimentary drink and light fare with other Young Friends.

Space for this event is limited. A Young Friends ticket purchase for this concert is required for entrance.

 

After Party: November 12, 2016

Daphnis and Chloé
Saturday, November 12 8 PM

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Benjamin Beilman Violin
The Westminster Symphonic Choir
    Joe Miller Director

Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1
Ravel Daphnis and Chloé (complete ballet)

Yannick brings two masterworks by Ravel to this program. Each movement of his intimate Le Tombeau de Couperin is dedicated to a friend who died in the First World War, but as a whole, the composition is a tribute to the splendors of French music, which may be best embodied in Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloé, a work Yannick calls “very dear to my heart.” He leads the complete version of this sparkling and sensual orchestral showpiece, bringing to vivid life the mythological story of the goatherd Daphnis and the shepherdess Chloé. It’s a hedonistic tale, with a musical bacchanal in the garden of Pan. Curtis grad and rising star violinist Benjamin Beilman made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2015, performing with “polish and power” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). He returns with Prokofiev’s ethereal Violin Concerto No. 1.

This performance is LiveNote enabled.

Join other Young Friends in Bar Volvér immediately following the concert at

Enjoy a complimentary drink and light fare with other Young Friends.

Space for this event is limited. A Young Friends ticket purchase for this concert is required for entrance.

 

Young Friends of the Academy of Music
Sixth Annual Monsters Ball Masquerade

Friday, October 28 8 PM


The Petite Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton
10 Avenue of the Arts

Music provided by DJ NAJ

Have you purchased your ticket to the Young Friends of the Academy of Music’s signature event of the year?

Join us on October 28 to dance the night away at the Sixth Annual Monsters Ball Masquerade in the Petite Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. Premium open bar, a delicious spread, music by DJ NAJ...it's going to be an incredible night!  

All proceeds from the Monsters Ball Masquerade support the continued restoration and preservation of the Academy of Music, the National Historic Landmark theater and crown jewel of the Avenue of the Arts. 

And don’t forget to RSVP on our event page and share the event with your Facebook friends!

PhillyVoice is the official Media Partner of the Sixth Annual Monsters Ball.   

Russian Favorites

Saturday, October 22 10 PM
Verizon Hall
Séphane Denève Conductor
Denis Kozhukhin Piano

Tchaikovsky/arr. Stokowski Andante cantabile, from String Quartet No. 1 ("Accordion")
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Musorgsky/arr. & orch. Stokowski Boris GodunovA Symphonic Synthesis
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève leads a program that combines treasured masterworks with fresh discoveries from two of Russia’s iconic composers. The great young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin makes his subscription debut with Tchaikovsky’s beloved First Piano Concerto. Our legendary former Music Director Leopold Stokowski arranged the Andante cantabile second movement from Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 for string orchestra,and created a Symphonic Synthesis from Musorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov. We conclude with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, the most vivid depiction of a battle you’ll ever hear in a concert hall (and rarely hear on a subscription program)!

Join other Young Friends immediately following the concert at


Space for this event is limited. A Young Friends ticket purchase for this concert is required for entrance. 

Stravinsky's Fire(ball)
Liquid courage and live music

Firebird: Reimagined

Wednesday, July 20 8PM

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Cristian MăcelaruConductor
Janni Younge Productions Puppets
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Stravinsky The Firebird (complete ballet)

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presents 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. This performance will feature The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Măcelaru, Grammy award-winning South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and larger-than-life puppets inspired by the artistry of the Broadway sensation War Horse and created by Janni Younge of South Africa’s renowned Handspring Productions. The Philadelphia Orchestra's performance of the complete score for The Firebird will be accompanied by a new interpretation of the original Ballets Russes staging with Younge’s puppets, performed by expert puppeteers and dancers. 

Your $45 all-inclusive ticket provides two drinks and lite fare at the Llama Tooth, complimentary transportation to and from the Mann Center, a special Philadelphia Orchestra blanket, and admission to the concert. Your concert tickets will be handed out upon arrival at the Llama Tooth between 5:30-7 PM.


 

5:30 PM: Meet other Young Friends at Llama Tooth at 1033 Spring Garden Street. Enjoy your first two drinks as well as some lite fare on us!*

7:00 PM SHARP: The bus will depart from Llama Tooth and transport all Young Friends who have reserved a space. This will be the only bus traveling to the venue. Anyone who arrives after 7:00 PM will be responsible for their own transportation.

All Young Friends who attend this event will receive complimentary Philadelphia Orchestra lawn blankets! The Mann Center is BYOB, so picnics are welcome on the lawn.

10:20 PM SHARP: The bus will depart the Mann Center and arrive back at the Llama Tooth at 1033 Spring Garden Street.

*Seating on the bus as well as two drink vouchers at the Llama Tooth are limited to those Young Friends who purchased tickets through the promotion.

PLEASE NOTE: The bus and admission to the Llama Tooth event will only be valid for Young Friends who purchase a ticket through this offer. If you miss the bus you will be responsible for your transportation.

 For any additional questions regarding the event, please contact Geoff Cohen at gcohen@philorch.org.

 Llama Tooth

 

 

 

Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra sponsored concert

Friday, May 13 8 PM

Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra sponsored concert.

The May 13 performance of Yannick and Lang Lang will be the first concert ever to be sponsored by the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra. By making a gift of any amount to our Annual Fund, you will help make performances like these possible,and will become a Young Friend Ambassador. As a way to show our thanks to the many Young Friends who have made contributions this year, and to celebrate this historic occasion, we are hosting an Ambassador Appreciation Reception after the concert.

We invite you to join the Young Friend Ambassadors, and make your 2016 fiscal year gift here. For questions or concerns, please call the Annual Fund office at 215.893.3151.

Behind the Scenes with Young Friends

Tchaikovsky & Mendelssohn
Saturday, April 2 8 PM

Pablo Heras-Casado Conductor
Akiko Suwanai Violin

Tchaikovsky The Tempest
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ("Scottish")

An ocean voyage, a thundering storm, two young lovers, all presided over by a powerful wizard! As he did so memorably with Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky once again turns to Shakespeare for inspiration, delivering a brilliant evocation of the magical doings in The Tempest. We fast-forward into the 20th century with Tchaikovsky's fellow Russian, Prokofiev, and his spirited Second Violin Concerto, echoing with everything from Russian folk tunes to Spanish castanets, performed by the sensational Akiko Suwanai. We complete our journey through time and space with a return to the Classical, and Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony, completed in 1842. The sizzling conductor Pablo Heras-Casado makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in this stimulating program.

Behind the Scenes with Young Friends
Green Room - 6 PM
Before the April 2 concert, you'll have the opportunity for a guided backstage tour, learn about the orchestra from key staff, check out other young professional groups, and have the chance to meet and mingle with other Young Friends and musicians! Tours begin at 6 PM.

Following the concert, there will be happy hour specials at Bar Volver for those who'd like to continue the evening.

 

Save the Date: upcoming Young Friends event and volunteer opportunities!

Cocktails and a Concert: March 3, 2016

Yannick Conducts Brahms
Thursday, March 3 8 PM

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Hélène Grimaud Piano

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2
Schumann Symphony No. 1 ("Spring")

Yannick and Hélène Grimaud, two great musical friends, come together to bring us an enduring monument of classical music: Brahms's immortal Second Piano Concerto. Experience for yourself what the Los Angeles Times calls Grimaud's "elegant, cinematic presence ... She plays with tonal clarity and rhythmic elan." In the second half of the concert, we hear Brahms's friend Schumann. With the winter weather hopefully drawing to a close, Schumann's "Spring" Symphony is a triumph in its own right, exemplifying his credo: "To send light into the darkness of men's hearts--such is the duty of the artist." Join other Young Friends in Bar Volvér immediately following the concert at Bar Volvér.

Cocktail Hour
Join other Young Friends in Bar Volvér immediately following the concert at Bar Volvér.

Enjoy a complimentary drink and happy hour specials with other Young Friends.

Space for this event is limited. A Young Friends ticket purchase for this concert is required for entrance.

Young Friends is sponsored by   

 

Cocktails and a Concert: February 12, 2016

Just announced-Yannick Nézet-Séguin will join the Young Friends Cocktails and a Concert event on January 16!
Reserve your seats today and make plans to join us at Bar Volvér after the concert. 

Bronfman Plays Beethoven
Friday, February 12 8 PM

Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
Yefim Bronfman Piano

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor")
Miaskovsky Symphony No. 10
Janáček Taras Bulba

Any timewe have Yefim Bronfman playing Beethoven with Vladimir Jurowski is a special occasion! With eloquent support from Jurowski and the Orchestra, Bronfman brings his magisterial keyboard skills to Beethoven's towering "Emperor" Concerto, revealing all the wonders of this masterwork. In the second half of the program, Jurowski turns to Nikolai Miaskovsky, a prolific composer whose Tenth Symphony is based on a fantastic Pushkin poem. The U.S. premiere was in 1930, with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Leopold Stokowski, thanks to the personal urging of Miaskovsky's friend and colleague Sergei Prokofiev. Another burst of romantic nationalism rounds out our program, with Janáček's tone poem Taras Bulba. It's hard-hitting, thrilling, and robust

Cocktail Hour
Join other Young Friends in Bar Volvér immediately following the concert at Bar Volvér.

Enjoy a complimentary drink and happy hour specials with other Young Friends.

Space for this event is limited. A Young Friends ticket purchase for this concert is required for entrance.

Young Friends is sponsored by   

 

Cocktails and a Concert: January 16, 2016

Just announced-Yannick Nézet-Séguin will join the Young Friends Cocktails and a Concert event on January 16!
Reserve your seats today and make plans to join us at Bar Volvér after the concert. 

Yannick Conducts Beethoven
Saturday, January 16 8 PM

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Jan Lisiecki Piano

J. Strauss, Jr. "Tales from the Vienna Woods" Waltz
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
Beethoven/orch. Mahler String Quartet No. 11 ("Serioso")
Gruber Charivari

Yannick launches his three-week Music of Vienna festival with works by Johann Strauss Jr., Beethoven, and H.K. Gruber, including Beethoven's dramatic Fourth Piano Concerto with soloist Jan Lisiecki, and the waltz king's famous "Tales from the Vienna Woods"-an idyllic picture of Old World grandeur and the Philadelphia Sound.

Cocktail Hour
Join Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Philadelphia Orchestra musicians immediately following the concert at Bar Volvér.

Enjoy a complimentary drink and happy hour specials with other Young Friends.

Space for this event is limited. A Young Friends ticket purchase for this concert is required for entrance.

Young Friends is sponsored by   

 

SingIN at Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia

Wednesday, December 16 7 PM

Salvation Army Kroc Center
4200 Wissahickon Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19129

Bramwell Tovey Conductor
Musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra
SingIN Participants

The Philadelphia Orchestra hosts a holiday SingIN at The Salvation Army Kroc Center.

To participate in theSingIN, please register on Eventbrite.com.

The Philadelphia Orchestra's PlayINs are funded by generous donations from Board member John H. McFadden and Lisa Kabnick, longtime supporters of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Copland's Appalachian Spring

Saturday, November 14 8 PM

Post-Concert event to follow at Bar Volvér

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Laquita Mitchell Soprano
Rodrick Dixon Tenor
Combined Choirs including
Delaware State University Choir
     Lloyd Mallory
 Director
The Lincoln University Concert Choir
     Edryn Coleman
 Director
Morgan State University Choir
     Eric Conway
 Director
J. Donald Dumpson Choral Direction

Sibelius Finlandia
Copland Appalachian Spring
Hannibal One Land, One River, One People (Philadelphia Orchestra commission-world premiere)

"Nothing is more sacred to me than music," says American composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal, who grew up among the cotton fields of Texas. A pastiche of spirituals, blues, and traditional African rhythms still influence his music-writing today. The Philadelphia Orchestra performed his highly acclaimed African Portraits, detailing the slave experience, in 1997, and two years later gave the world premiere of his One Heart Beating, one of the Orchestra's Centennial Commissions. ("The strings, lord have mercy!" Hannibal told the Philadelphia Daily News. "And the percussion. Wow!") In the world premiere of this emotionally charged new work--also commissioned exclusively by The Philadelphia Orchestra--Hannibal explores, with a flowing river as the symbol, the connections among communities and all those who live in them. The oratorio features chorus, soloists, and text written by the eloquent composer. The themes of community and identity are established at the outset with two well-loved works: Sibelius's Finlandia, the de facto national anthem of his Finnish homeland, and Copland's Appalachian Spring, the Pulitzer Prize-winning depiction of the American idyll, which also popularized the Shaker folk song "Simple Gifts."

These performances are made possible in part by the generous support of the Presser Foundation.

Meet and mingle with Philadelphia Orchestra musicians as well as fellow Young Friends post-concert at Bar Volvér! Enjoy a complimentary drink and happy hour specials such as $10 cocktails, $1 tartines, and $2 oysters with other Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Space for this event is limited.  A Young Friends ticket purchase for this concert is required for entrance.

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Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Young Involved Philadelphia
State of Young Philly - Civic Engagement Fair

Friday, October 16 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

WHYY - 150 N. Sixth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

SOYP - Civic Engagement Fair

Join the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra and meet and mingle with other young Philadelphians as we join YIP to kick off the 6th annual State of Young Philly during the annual Opening Night & Civic Engagement Fair.

This event will:

  • Connect you with the organizations that are leading change in our city;
  • Offer you the opportunity to meet with hundreds of Philadelphia-area millennials;
  • And of course provide the libations and light fare to fuel your evening of networking!

The Philadelphia Orchestra will introduce Young Friends to our institution's mission, tell you about our upcoming events, and recruit new volunteers. We hope that you will mark your calendars and join us!

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Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra Finale Event: May 7, 2015

We hope that you will join us for our Finale Event and toast to a wonderful season along with fellow Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra!

Young Friends Pre-Concert Event begins at 6 PM at Bank and Bourbon located inside the Loews Philadelphia Hotel at 12th and Market Sts.

 

Ticket includes one complimentary drink, happy hour pricing on select drinks, and light fare provided by Bank and Bourbon.

Beethoven's First

Thursday, May 7 8 PM

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
Sarah Chang Violin

Ligeti Romanian Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 1
Dvořák Violin Concerto
Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No. 1

Philadelphia-born violinist Sarah Chang highlights this concert. A child prodigy, she made her debut with the Orchestra in 1991, when she was just 10 years old. One critic declared: "The ancients would certainly have had Ms. Chang emerging fully formed from some Botticellian scallop shell." She'll be performing Dvořák's Violin Concerto. The Concerto is just one element in a largely Eastern-European-themed concert. We'll also hear Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, Ligeti's Romanian Concerto, and Beethoven's First Symphony. While clearly influenced by Mozart and Haydn, this Symphony is just as clearly Beethoven's own, the announcement of an epochal arrival in the world of the symphony.

Cocktails and a Concert: April 18, 2015

Meet and mingle with Philadelphia Orchestra musicians as well as fellow Young Friends post-concert at Bar Volvér! Enjoy a complimentary drink and happy hour specials such as $10 cocktails, $1 tartines, and $2 oysters with other Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Space for this event is limited, a Young Friends ticket purchase for this concert is required for entrance.

Peter and the Wolf with film

Saturday, April 18 8 PM

Stéphane Denève Conductor
Christina and Michelle Naughton Duo Pianos

Roussel The Spider's Feast
Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf (with film)
Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals
Poulenc Selections from Les Animaux modèles

This is not your childhood version of Peter and the Wolf! Prokofiev's famous score is performed live with Suzie Templeton's dark, edgy, and "visually arresting" (New York Times) animated short film, winner of the 2008 Academy Award. Our fiery Principal Guest Conductor, Stéphane Denève also brings his flair and French expertise to works by Roussel, Poulenc, and Saint-Saëns, including Carnival of the Animals performed by the incredible twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton. Rediscover your youth with this collection of distinctly grown-up fairy tales!

Cocktails and a Concert: March 14, 2015

Meet and mingle with Philadelphia Orchestra musicians as well as fellow Young Friends post-concert at Bar Volvér! Enjoy a complimentary drink and happy hour specials such as $10 cocktails, $1 tartines, and $2 oysters with other Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Space for this event is limited, a Young Friends ticket purchase for this concert is required for entrance

Beethoven's "Pastoral" 

Saturday, March 14 8 PM

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
Jorge Federico Osorio Piano

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral")
Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain, for piano and orchestra
Falla Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat

The Orchestra continues its two-year cycle of Beethoven symphonies with the composer's Sixth (the "Pastoral"). Hard to believe, but this ode to the joys of walking in the Austrian countryside was actually composed (and premiered) at the same time as the much more assertive Fifth Symphony (heard on subscription in January). The great Spanish composer Manuel de Falla takes us to a different landscape in the second half of the concert, with his Nights in the Gardens of Spain, a nocturne for piano and orchestra, and The Three-Cornered Hat, both of which make enchanting use of traditional Andalusian folk music. The vibrant and passionate pianist Jorge Federico Osorio makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

Cocktails and a Concert: January 23, 2015


Immediately following the concert on Friday, January 23, meet Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Bar Volvér located inside the Kimmel Center! Enjoy a complimentary drink and happy hour specials such as $10 cocktails, $1 tartines and $2 oysters at Bar Volvér with other Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra.


St. Petersburg Festival 2: Rachmaninoff  

Friday, January 23 8 PM

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Marc-André Hamelin Piano

Rachmaninoff Prelude in C-sharp minor 40/40
Turnage Piano Concerto (North American premire) 40/40
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninoff made his first U.S. appearance at the Academy of Music in 1909, conducting his new Second Symphony, a perfect showcase for the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He fell in love with the Orchestra's lush tone and from that point on, often composed with the sound of the Philadelphians in his head. His Prelude inC-sharpminor-a famous piece, often called for as an encore when Rachmaninoff was at thekeyboard-takeson an even more foreboding tone in this orchestration by Leopold Stokowski, never before played on subscription.

The Philadelphians have a notable history of premiering major historic works (they gave the world premieres of six works by Rachmaninoff alone) and in that spirit, this program also includes the North American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's jazzy and rhythmic new Piano Concerto. The Miles Davis-inspired composer wrote the piece for pianist Marc-André Hamelin who, along with Yannick and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, gave its world premiere in Rotterdam in 2013.

40/40 Project
From Mozart to Nico Muhly, Vaughan Williams to John Williams, experience 40 great compositions that have surprisingly not been presented on Philadelphia subscription concerts in at least the last 40 years. It's Yannick's gift to you in honor of his 40th birthday.

Cocktails and a Concert: December 13, 2014

Immediately following the concert on Saturday, December 13, meet special guest Bramwell Tovey, your conductor for the evening, as well as other Philadelphia Orchestra musicians at Bar Volvér located inside the Kimmel Center! Enjoy a complimentary drink and happy hour specials such as $8 cocktails, $1 Tartines and $2 Oysters at Bar Volvér with other Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Gershwin and Bernstein 

Saturday, December 13 8 PM

Bramwell Tovey Conductor 
Alison Balsom Trumpet

Britten Passacaglia, from Peter Grimes 
Tovey Songs of the Paradise Saloon, for trumpet and orchestra  40/40
Gershwin Catfish Row: Suite from Porgy and Bess 40/40
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story 

After the success of Porgy and Bess, George Gershwin distilled the music into what came to be known as Catfish Row and when the symphonic suite premiered in Philadelphia in 1936 at the Academy of Music, Gershwin himself was at the piano. The multi-talented conductor, pianist, and composer Bramwell Tovey also presents his trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon. Adding to the drama of this celebration of Broadway and opera is the ominous Passacaglia from Britten's first full-scale opera, Peter Grimes, portending the title character's unhappy fate. The ending is no more uplifting in West Side Story, but Bernstein's score, whose highlights like "Mambo," "Maria," and "Somewhere" comprise the Symphonic Dances, is divine.

40/40 Project
From Mozart to Nico Muhly, Vaughan Williams to John Williams, experience 40 great compositions that have surprisingly not been presented on Philadelphia subscription concerts in at least the last 40 years. It's Yannick's gift to you in honor of his 40th birthday.

 

Past Events

Attend special pre- and post-concert events and cocktail receptions at some of the area's most popular and interesting venues. Meet and Mingle with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and other music-lovers like yourself.

Opening Night 2014

 
   

Join us in celebration of the opening of The Philadelphia Orchestra's one hundred fifteenth season!

Attend Opening Night as a Young Friend at a special rate of $175! Your Young Friends ticket includes:

  • Admission to the pre-concert Champagne Reception in Commonwealth Plaza
  • Priority Concert seating
  • Seating at the post-Concert dinner, catered by Jose Garces
  • After-dinner musical entertainment by PhilOrch Jazz
  • Recognition as a Young Friend on the Orchestra's website

The Champagne Toast begins at 6PM and the concert begins at 7PM. The Gala dinner will immediately follow the concert.

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Young Friends Opening Night Pre-Party
Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Howl At The Moon
258 S. 15th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
www.howlatthemoon.com/philadelphia

Celebrate the opening of The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2014-15 Season Opening Night Concert and Gala! Mention The Philadelphia Orchestra at the door and receive your first two drinks for free, enjoy drink specials, and a complimentary appetizer bar. Mingle with Orchestra musicians and Philadelphia's finest young professionals, and stay tuned for details on a surprise musical performance on the dueling piano stage.

No need to RSVP and completely FREE--just show up after work!
Please contact Emily Penders with any questions: 215.893.1983 or ependers@philorch.org.

 
 

Cocktails and a Concert: April 12, 2014

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cocktail Hour 6:30 PM
Kimmel Center Tier 1 Lounge

Concert 8 PM, Kimmel Center

Concert Tickets: $60 with Young Friends membership
Admission to cocktail hour is free with concert tickets

Become a Young Friend

Meet and mingle with other Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra and surprise special guests before the concert on Saturday, April 12 in the Kimmel Center Tier 1 Lounge and enjoy a complimentary drink along with light fare.

The "Organ" Symphony

Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
James Ehnes Violin
Michael Stairs Organ

Casella Symphonic Fragments from La donna serpente
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 ("Organ")

Raise a glass to musical innovation as we celebrate the combined power and lyricism of the orchestra with the remarkable sound and colors of the grand pipe organ. Enjoy a complimentary drink and light fare along with other Young Friends in the Kimmel Center's Tier 1 Lounge before delighting in the sounds of The Fabulous Philadelphians.  

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Dinner and a Concert

Dinner and a Concert

The Philadelphia Orchestra invites you to treat yourself and a guest to a night with dinner and a concert, exclusively for Young Friends! Delight in the cultural sounds of The Philadelphia Orchestra's concert Ax, from Bach to Strauss at the Kimmel Center and enjoy a dinner at the Capital Grille for only $90.


1338 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.545.9588

 

Monsters Ball

Young Friends of the Academy of Music invite you to attend the 3rd Annual Monsters Ball!

For the very first time, Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra are invited to purchase tickets to the 3rd Annual Monsters Ball, brought to you by the Honigman Group. Proceeds from the event support the Academy of Music Restoration Fund and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Opening Night 2013


Join us for Opening Night as a Young Friend and enjoy this spectacular evening for the best price in town!

Your Young Friends ticket includes:

•   Admission to the pre-concert Champagne Reception in Commonwealth Plaza
•   Priority Concert seating in Conductor's Circle seats
•   Seating at the post-Concert dinner, catered by Jose Garces
•   After-dinner musical entertainment by local favorite the DePue Brothers
•   Recognition as a Young Friend in Playbill

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BLACK CARS AND BLACK TIES

Arrive in style to Opening Night and the Opening Night Young Friends pre-party with Uber.

On behalf of the Philadelphia Orchestra, we're excited to offer all guests who are new to Uber a complimentary ride up to $25 using the promo code PHLORCH2013

Uber is an iPhone/Android app that lets you tag your location and summon a professional driver to your side within minutes. Once in the car, the driver will take you wherever you need to go. The fare is billed to your card, with no need to tip, so you don't have to worry about handling cash.

Just click the promo code below and sign up! You'll be riding in style in no time at all.

PROMO CODE: PHLORCH2013

HOW TO UBER

Order a car
Use the iPhone or Android app, or visit m.uber.com to request a ride

Your Driver Comes to You
Sit back and relax. We'll text you when your Uber arrives.

Hop in & Hop out
After arriving at your destination, we'll charge your credit card on file and email you a receipt.

Cocktails and a Concert: Beethoven's Pastoral

 

Saturday, May 18

Cocktail Hour 6 PM

Tietra, 15th and Locust Streets

Concert 8 PM, Kimmel Center


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Featured in Disney's Fantasia, the "Pastoral" Symphony paints vivid scenes of gathering thunderstorms, wandering brooks, and breezycountry sides. Welcome spring with the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra before the evening's concert with drink specials and complimentary bites in the al fresco atmosphere ofTietra.

Beethoven's "Pastoral"

Simon Rattle Conductor
Barbara Hannigan Soprano

Webern Passacaglia
Berg Three Fragments from Wozzeck
Ligeti Mysteries of the Macabre
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral")

Cocktails and a Concert: Philadelphia Firsts

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Cocktail Hour 6 PM 10 Arts Broad & Chestnut Streets

Concert 8 PM Kimmel Center

Raise a glass to musical innovation as we celebrate The Philadelphia Orchestra's unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music-making. Enjoy drink specials and complimentary light fare in the chic and sophisticated 10 Arts lounge before heading down Broad Street for one of the season's most highly-anticipated concerts, featuring dancers, video projection, and theatrical lighting.

Philadelphia Firsts

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet Piano
Ridge Theater Company
     Bob McGrath
Artistic Director

Knussen New Work (world premiere)
Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Concert Tickets: $55 with Young Friends membership

Admission to cocktail hour is free with concert ticket

 

Opening Night 2012

Stokowski Celebration: Cocktails and a Concert

A Night with Friends: Memories of Prague

 

 

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