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The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents 11th Annual Free College Concert October 9, 2018

August 30, 2018

Concert Launches the 2018-19 Season of the eZseatU College Student Ticket Program

Tickets Available TODAY


(Philadelphia, August 30, 2018)—Marching bands, college mascots, and the unique opportunity to hear The Philadelphia Orchestra for FREE… college students, rejoice! Students from universities and colleges in and around Philadelphia are invited to join The Philadelphia Orchestrafor its eleventh annual Free College Concert on Tuesday, October 9, at 7:30 PM, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the free event, which kicks off the 2018-19 season of the eZseatU student ticket program, are now available to college students at www.philorch.org (college ID must be presented at event). eZseatU, now in its 11th season, offers full-time college students the opportunity to attend unlimited Philadelphia Orchestra performances all season long for an annual fee of just $25.


Led by Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe, the program will feature one of the winners of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2018 Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition, cellist Isaiah Kim, in the first movement of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, plus works by Verdi and Stravinsky. Early arrival is encouraged for pre-concert entertainment beginning at 6:30 PM, including visits from local college mascots, the University of Pennsylvania Marching Band, and special photo opportunities. Immediately following the concert, festivities continue in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza, where the Bad Bees will perform and light snacks and beverages will be available.


The free concert is open to all full-time college students in the Greater Philadelphia region. The concert will be LiveNote enabled, allowing concertgoers to access custom-created information about the music through the Orchestra’s mobile app, which follows along with the pieces in real time, providing musical, narrative, and historical highlights.


Annual eZseatU memberships can be purchased for a one-time fee of $25 at www.philorch.org. Members can reserve spots online beginning each Tuesday for that week’s concerts and print the free ticket required for entry. Students must also present a valid student ID to gain admission. Additional tickets for up to four full-time student guests are available for $8 each for most performances.


The eZseatU program falls under the Access branch of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s HEAR initiative, a portfolio of programs that promotes Health and wellness, champions music Education, eliminates barriers to Accessing the Orchestra, and maximizes impact through Research. Generous support is provided by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation and an anonymous donor. For more information, visit www.philorch.org/eZseatU.



Free College Concert

October 9 at 7:30 PM––Tuesday evening––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


The Philadelphia Orchestra

Kensho Watanabe Conductor

Isaiah Kim Cello


Verdi                Overture to La forza del destino

Dvořák             First movement from Cello Concerto

Stravinsky        Suite from The Firebird


Every year, a free concert just for college students kicks off The Philadelphia Orchestra’s eZseatU program, where thousands of students fill Verizon Hall to experience the famous Philadelphia Sound. A post-concert party held in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza with free food and more live music completes this festive night. A ticket, as well as a full-time college student ID, is required for entrance to the concert.


Tickets for the Free College Concert can be reserved online at www.philorch.org.


This concert will be LiveNote enabled.



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