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6:00 PM

Denève Conducts Brahms & Dvorák

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Nikolaj Znaider - Violin
Brahms - Violin Concerto
Dvorák - Symphony No. 8

The Fabulous Philadelphians offer a thrilling start to their Vail season, joined by an “extraordinarily intelligent, soulful and impassioned” (The Strad) superstar violinist and culminating with Dvorák's joyfully exuberant portrait of Bohemian spirit.

6:00 PM

Beethoven’s “Emperor” & Mahler’s “Titan”

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Nicholas Angelich - Piano
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”)
Mahler - Symphony No. 1

The “strikingly imaginative” (Boston Globe) Nicholas Angelich makes his Vail debut with one of Beethoven's greatest creations, and Mahler's nature-inspired melodies reach to the heavens for a truly out-of-this-world experience.

6:00 PM

Thibaudet Plays Saint-Saëns

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Piano
Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture
Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Egyptian”)
Connesson - E chiaro nella valle il fiume appare
Respighi - The Pines of Rome

Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève leads the Fabulous Philadelphians on a grand musical tour, featuring the “unassailable artistry” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) of Bravo! favorite Jean-Yves Thibaudet in the vividly exotic “Egyptian” concerto.

7:30 PM

Raiders of the Lost Ark: Film with Live Score

7:30 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
David Newman - Conductor
Williams - Raiders of the Lost Ark (complete with film)

Raiders of the Lost Ark, complete film (including dialogue) with live orchestra performing the entire score.

A Bravo! Vail tradition takes on a new adventure! As dusk descends, follow Indiana Jones on his famous quest while the Fabulous Philadelphians perform John Williams' epic score live. Grab a blanket and some popcorn and bring the whole family for this unique Bravo! experience.

6:00 PM

Mozart, Barber, & Brahms

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Donald Runnicles - Conductor
Augustin Hadelich - Violin
Mozart - Symphony No. 38 (“Prague”)
Barber - Violin Concerto
Brahms - Variations on a Theme of Haydn

Musical America's 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year Augustin Hadelich returns to Vail with Barber's explosively brilliant concerto, and Brahms's Haydn Variations are nothing less than inspired perfection.

6:00 PM

Trifonov Plays Rachmaninoff

6:00 PM, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Donald Runnicles - Conductor
Daniil Trifonov - Piano
Smetana - Overture to The Bartered Bride
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 1
Humperdinck - Selections from Hansel and Gretel, Suite for Orchestra
Wagner - Overture to Tannhäuser

Daniil Trifonov, whose stunning surprise debut electrified audiences last season, returns to Vail with Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto, the high-spirited heart of an enchanting program filled with mythological romance and fairy-tale charms.

8:00 PM

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks!

8:00 PM, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Kensho Watanabe - Conductor
Zachary Mowitz - Cello
Elena Perroni - Soprano
Tchaikovsky - Waltz from Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky - Rococo Variations, for cello and orchestra
Tchaikovsky - Letter Scene, from Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky - Suite from The Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture

The breathtaking range of Russia's most beloved cultural export, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is on display to open our 2018 summer season with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Elegant and fiery, soulful and triumphant, Tchaikovsky's music captures the longing of the human spirit and celebrates the vitality only music can extol. His most popular opera, Eugene Onegin, centers this program, a story of love and loss first immortalized by Pushkin in his novel of the same name.

8:00 PM

Bernstein: Broadway & Beyond

8:00 PM, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Kensho Watanabe - Conductor
Joseph Lattanzi - Baritone
Alexandra Schoeny - Soprano
Stewart Goodyear - Piano
Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Atwater - South Side, Symphonic Dances (world premiere)
Bernstein - “Simple Song,” from MASS
Bernstein - “The Great Lover,” from Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Bernstein - “Lonely Town,” from On the Town
Bernstein - “Lonely Town: Pas de deux,” from Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Bernstein - “Who Am I?,” from Peter Pan
Bernstein - “Glitter and Be Gay,” from Candide
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein in our signature festival concert featuring his most treasured works. The program includes excerpts from On the Town, Peter Pan, Candide, and Gershwin's jazz-infused Rhapsody in Blue, a seminal composer in his own right who was a significant influence for Bernstein.

The Mann Center will present the world premiere of a newly commissioned work South Side, Symphonic Dances by acclaimed American composer Darin Atwater.

8:00 PM

Star Wars: A New Hope

8:00 PM, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Constantine Kitsopoulos - Conductor
Williams - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (complete with film)

The Mann is thrilled to present Star Wars: A New Hope live in concert on July 20th. The Philadelphia Orchestra will play John Williams' iconic musical score live as the film is projected on three giant screens.

5:00 PM

Penn Treaty Park

5:00 PM, Penn Treaty Park

Continuing its work to reach deeper into the communities of Philadelphia, and as part of its ongoing commitment to community service, The Philadelphia Orchestra announces four free community concerts at venues and in neighborhoods off the Avenue of the Arts where the Orchestra is expanding its presence.

These events are FREE and open to the public but online RSVPs at are encouraged to receive the latest information regarding these concerts.

8:00 PM

A Championship Season

8:00 PM, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Aram Demirjian - Conductor

The Mann Center, NFL Films, and the Philadelphia Eagles take center stage this summer to celebrate the Eagles' Championship Season with the world premiere of this “Philly Special” concert event.  Hosted by the “Voice of the Eagles,” Merrill Reese, relive NFL Films' stunning video highlights of the Philadelphia Eagles Championship Season on three giant screens alongside the great Philadelphia Orchestra, performing live the inspiring, uplifting and wonderfully symphonic music of NFL Films.

8:00 PM

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

8:00 PM, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Steven Reineke - Conductor
Williams - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (complete with film)

The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series returns to the Mann with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert, the third film in the Harry Potter series. On July 26, 2018, The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the magical score from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.

8:00 PM

A Night of Gershwin

8:00 PM, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
André Raphel - Conductor
Micah McLaurin - Piano
Gershwin - Cuban Overture
Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F
Gershwin - Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture
Gershwin - An American in Paris

The saying "Only in America" easily describes the brilliant career of George Gershwin. Born in Brooklyn in 1898 as the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Gershwin brought the thrilling worlds of jazz and Broadway into the concert hall and opera house. The serious and the playful make this concert a true portrait of this multi-talented American whose music is heard now in every corner of the world.

A travel enthusiast, Gershwin's Cuban Overture and An American in Paris are among the best musical postcards ever written.



Format: 2018-07-17