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Philadelphia Orchestra Celebrates Community with FREE Neighborhood Concerts: July 2 at Penn’s Landing with Fireworks, July 30 at the Kimmel Center, LiveNote Enabled and Live-Streamed

June 16, 2015

Wells Fargo continues its support of Free Neighborhood Concerts, serving as presenting sponsor for 12th year


(Philadelphia, June 16, 2015)—The Philadelphia Orchestra announces the addition of two Free Neighborhood Concerts to its summer 2015 performance schedule: July 2 on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, and July 30 for a special collaboration in partnership with the Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall. As part of the Delaware River Waterfront and Wawa Welcome America! Fourth of July celebration, the July 2 concert concludes with a landside fireworks display. The July 30 concert will be LiveNote™ enabled for concertgoers and live-streamed on philorch.org for audiences around the world to enjoy. Both Free Neighborhood Concerts are presented by Wells Fargo.

“The Philadelphia Orchestra is an integral part of this city’s great community, from the vibrant and growing activities on the Delaware River Waterfront to the abounding energy ever-present in Center City,” said Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “With these Free Neighborhood Concerts at Penn’s Landing—our eighth at the Great Plaza—and the Kimmel Center, we are energized to connect to our audiences directly through music. Our ongoing partnership with the Kimmel Center thrives on a number of activities, and this concert, enhanced by our LiveNote app and live-streamed for world-wide audiences, is indicative of the deepening of that relationship. We also want to express our deepest gratitude to Wells Fargo for its support of the Orchestra. For over a decade they been our partners in strengthening our community, and for this, we are most appreciative.”

“At Wells Fargo, we are proud of our long history supporting The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of Philadelphia’s world class institutions,” said Greg Redden, Wells Fargo’s regional president for Greater Philadelphia and Delaware. “As presenting sponsor of the Orchestra’s Free Neighborhood Concert Series for the 12th year, we are delighted to continue the tradition of bringing the Orchestra’s music to thousands of people. The concert series offers a wonderful opportunity for community residents to come together to enjoy a live performance of one of the world’s great classical music ensembles.”

The Orchestra joins Philadelphia’s Independence Day festivities on July 2 at 8 PM at Penn’s Landing, in partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., as part of the annual Wawa Welcome America! Celebration. Led by Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman, this quintessential summer concert features patriotic favorites as well as selections from Michael Daugherty’s Reflections on the Mississippi performed by Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch. And, because it’s not a Fourth of July celebration without fireworks, the concert will be followed by a land-side fireworks display.

“The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is excited to once again partner with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Wells Fargo to present this spectacular free concert under the stars at Penn’s Landing,” said Tom Corcoran, president of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. “We have worked closely with these partners to host this special concert for the region so that all are able to experience this premier orchestra in a beautiful outdoor setting. This collaboration helps fulfill our mission of bringing arts to the waterfront while supporting our local institutions.” 

A second Free Neighborhood Concert is planned for July 30 at 6:30 PM at Verizon Hall, presented in partnership with Kimmel Center, Inc. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with one of our treasured Resident Companies, the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra,” said Anne Ewers, president and CEO of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “The core of our mission is to make the performing arts accessible to the community we serve and this neighborhood concert allows everyone in Greater Philadelphia the opportunity to experience some of what the Kimmel Center has to offer, for free!”

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève leads the program, which will be live-streamed on philorch.org, continuing the Orchestra’s expansion of community offerings that take its musicians into the lives of music-lovers throughout the Philadelphia region, and across the globe. Further, the Verizon Hall program will be LiveNote enabled, allowing concertgoers to access custom-created information about the performed musical works through the mobile app, which follows along with the music in real time, presenting musical, emotional, and historical highlights. There will also be free pre-show performances on the stage in Commonwealth Plaza courtesy of the Kimmel Center. Guests are invited to come early, bring a picnic, and enjoy a memorable evening of live jazz, and more fantastic free entertainment.


About The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Neighborhood Concert Series
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Neighborhood Concert Series continues the Orchestra’s commitment to bringing the music of the world renowned ensemble to communities throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. The concerts create greater access and engagement with classical music as an art form for young children to their grandparents—and everyone in between—in their own backyards. By bringing the power, majesty, and fun of the music they create together into a variety of neighborhoods, the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra help ensure that music lives in the hearts of people for generations to come, no matter where they reside.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has presented Neighborhood Concerts since its centennial year in 2000. Concerts have taken place in such neighborhoods and sites as Upper Darby, Allegheny West, Rittenhouse Square, Northeast Philadelphia, University City, Washington Township, NJ, South Philadelphia, Penn’s Landing, Montgomery County Community College, Villanova University, Camden, NJ, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia’s City Hall, East Falls, and the Curtis Arboretum.


FREE Neighborhood Concert
July 2 at 8 PM – Thursday evening – RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Lio Kuokman Conductor
Carol Jantsch Tuba

Ward                            “America, the Beautiful”
Grofé                            “Mardi Gras,” from Mississippi Suite
Daugherty                     “Prayer” and “Steamboat,” from Reflections on the Mississippi 
Sousa                           “The Washington Post” March
Gould                           An American Salute
Copland                        “Hoe Down,” from Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Various                         Armed Forces Salute
Tchaikovsky                  1812 Overture

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns for an eighth season to present another FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza, presented by Wells Fargo, in partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront Corp, featuring patriotic favorites and Tchaikovsky’s
1812 Overture. The concert will be followed by a land-side fireworks display.

This concert is FREE and open to the public. Seating is general admission and first come, first served. Tickets are not required. For more information, visit philorch.org.

FREE Neighborhood Concert
July 30 at 6:30 PM – Thursday evening – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Stéphane Denève Conductor

Williams                        Sound the Bells!
Higdon                          blue cathedral (with LiveNote)
Bernstein                      Overture to Candide
Berlioz                          “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath” from Symphonie fantastique
Ravel                            La Valse (with LiveNote)


This concert is presented by Wells Fargo, in partnership with Kimmel Center, Inc. It will be live-streamed on philorch.org.

The concert is FREE, but tickets are required, and will be available beginning July 21, 2015, at 10 AM through the Orchestra’s website. Please note that free tickets do not guarantee seating. Seating is general admission and first come, first served.


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. The New York Times has called Nézet-Séguin “phenomenal,” adding that under his baton, “the ensemble … has never sounded better.” Under Nézet-Séguin’s leadership the Orchestra returned to recording on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The Orchestra also reaches thousands of listeners on the radio with weekly Sunday afternoon broadcasts on WRTI-FM.

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 U.S. Department of State for exemplary people-to-people exchange. In 2015 Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra toured Europe together for the first time. They were joined by the 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. Current initiatives that take musicians off the traditional concert stage and into the community include the highly-successful PopUP Concerts and PlayINs, 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.