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The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin Launch the 2016-17 Season with the Opening Night Concert and Gala, September 30 at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

September 9, 2016

2016 marks 30th year of Opening Night festivities presented by the Volunteer Committees of The Philadelphia Orchestra


(Philadelphia, September 9, 2016)—The Philadelphia Orchestra begins the 2016-17 season, the fifth under Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with the musical and social event that kicks off the Philadelphia cultural season, the Opening Night Concert and Gala on Friday, September 30, at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The program celebrates cultural capitals from around the world, reflecting a major theme of the season, with Nézet-Séguin leading Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, and Respighi’s The Pines of Rome. This year marks the 30th season for which The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Volunteer Committees have presented Opening Night festivities. New this year, attendees can enjoy a post-gala after party with musical entertainment by the John Byrne Band, catering by Garces, and an open bar.

“On this celebratory occasion, the 30th year that the Volunteer Committees of The Philadelphia Orchestra have supported the Season Opening Gala, I applaud The Philadelphia Orchestra Association’s volunteers with immense gratitude for their dedication and achievements. The events of this special evening would not be possible without them, and they are essential ambassadors of The Philadelphia Orchestra family,” said Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “Additionally, we welcome the students of the All City Orchestra as part of the Season Opening Gala events, and we are delighted to feature their performance at the Chairman’s Reception.”

The Opening Night Concert and Gala begins with a Chairmen’s Reception at 5:30 PM for Benefactors on the Kimmel Center’s Tier Two Lounge. During the pre-concert reception, there will be a chamber ensemble from the All City Orchestra, for which The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to serve as lead artistic partner. The concert begins at 7 PM in Verizon Hall and will be performed without intermission. Immediately following the concert, gala attendees will enjoy a black-tie dinner in the Commonwealth Plaza, with catering by Garces. Opening Night Gala décor is by Penncora Events.

Free tickets to the concert will be distributed to a number of Orchestra community partners including the All City Orchestra, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Settlement Music School, and Play On, Philly!. The concert tickets and All City Orchestra’s participation reflect the Education and Access branches of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s HEAR initiative, a portfolio of programs that promotes Health, champions music Education, eliminates barriers to Accessing the Orchestra, and maximizes impact through Research.

The musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra have graciously donated their services for this concert. All gala events are organized by The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Volunteer Committees under the direction of Volunteer Committees President Lisa Yakulis. The evening is supported through a generous lead benefactor sponsorship from Caroline and Sidney Kimmel. Dianne Rotwitt and Gary Frank are co-chairs of the Opening Gala 2016 Committee. Early support of the Opening Night Concert and Gala was led by The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Board of Directors and dedicated Volunteers.

Gala tickets and are currently on sale, starting at $500, and are available by calling 215.893.1956. Concert-only tickets range from $50-95 and are available through Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1999 or by visiting philorch.org. For more information on attending the Gala, visit philorch.org/opening-night. Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra are invited to attend the Opening Night Concert and Gala for the specially discounted price of just $175.

The Volunteer Committees were formed in 1904, four years after the Orchestra’s first concerts. The Women’s Committee, as it was originally called, was the first permanent organization of its kind in the U.S., and has since come to serve as a model for similar groups in the United States and abroad. The current Volunteer Committees include the Central Committee for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill Musical Cocktails, Main Line, New Jersey, Rittenhouse Square, and West Philadelphia. Through their endeavors over the past century, thousands of members of the Volunteer Committees have given countless hours and their innumerable talents in service to The Philadelphia Orchestra and the people of the greater Philadelphia region.

Opening Night
September 30 at 7 PM – Friday evening – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Bernstein                                 Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Gershwin                                  An American in Paris                                                                  
Ravel                                      Rapsodie espagnole
Respighi                                  The Pines of Rome

As our most cherished fall tradition, The Philadelphia Orchestra Opening Night marks the beginning of Philadelphia's cultural season, marking a wonderful celebration of all that lies ahead.

Join Yannick and our Fabulous Philadelphians at the 2016 Opening Night Concert and Gala. This year's black-tie event promises the fellowship of friends gathering to celebrate the unique Philadelphia Sound of our Orchestra. Come join our shared revelry of incredible food, drink, and memorable music, all under the Kimmel Center's soaring roof of stars.

The concert will be performed with no intermission. The musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra are graciously donating their services for this concert.

For gala information and tickets, please call 215.893.1956 or visit philorch.org/openingnight. For concert-only tickets, call 215.893.1999 or visit www.philorch.org.


The Philadelphia Orchestra would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our 2016 Opening Night Supporters.

Lead Benefactor
Caroline and Sidney Kimmel

Diamond Benefactors
Edith R. Dixon
Electronic Ink
Gary Frank and LCG, Ltd.
David W. Haas

Champagne Benefactors
Patricia and John Imbesi
Mr. Joseph Neubauer and Mrs. Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer

Platinum Benefactors
Mr. Richard B. Worley and Ms. Leslie A. Miller
Stradley, Ronon, Stevens and Young, LLP

Gold Benefactors
Richard S. Burns and Company, Inc.
Ballard Spahr, LLP
Dilworth Paxson, LLP
Fortis Partners, LLC
Dr. Marcy Gringlas and Mr. Joel Greenberg
Ken Hutchins
Dr. Larry Kaiser, M.D., and Ms. Lindy L. Snider
Drs. Leon and Elsa Malmud
Manko, Gold, Katcher and Fox, LLP
Mrs. Vivian Piasecki
Dianne and Jeffrey Rotwitt
Saul Ewing, LLP
Cynthia and Scott Schumacker
Wawa, Inc.

Principal Benefactors
Dennis Adams
Nina and William Albert
Mr. Peter A. Benoliel and Ms. Willo Carey
Mrs. Robert A. Brasler
Judith Broudy
Elaine Woo Camarda
Flo and Rick Celender
Sara A. Cerato
Sarah Miller Coulson
Katherine and Henry Donner
Alexandra Edsall and Robert Victor
Joseph and Marie Field
Linda Frankel
Nancy and John Galloway
Carole and Emilio Gravagno
Cynthia and Martin Heckscher
Lynn and Tony Hitschler
Lynne and Harold Honickman
Losenge and Osagie Imasogie
Andrea and Warren Kantor
Neal Krouse
Elizabeth and Edwin Mahoney
Lynn and Joseph Manko
Sandra and David Marshall
John McFadden and Lisa Kabnick
Robert E. Mortensen
Cathy Moss
Ralph Muller and Elizabeth Johnston
Louise and Alan Reed
Caroline B. Rogers
Lyn M. Ross
Mark and Robin Rubenstein
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony C. Salvo
Adele and Harold Schaeffer
Mollie and Frank Slattery
Constance Smukler
Ann and Harold Sorgenti
Leonard and Barbara Sylk
Jack and Ramona Vosbikian
Dr. Sankey V. Williams and the Hon. Constance Williams
Lisa and Paul Yakulis

Ms. Jill Acker
Dr. Susan C. Aldridge
Ms. Barbara A. Alleva and Mr. Donald R. Gant
Ms. Charlotte Biddle
Julie and Robert Bryan
Mrs. J. Mahlon Buck, Jr.
Cashman and Associates
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Crowell
Colleen DeMorat and Ray Dombroski
Stacy Maria Dutton and Charles McMahon
Tobey and Mark Dichter
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Eyre, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Garrison
Sally and Anthony Jannetta
Drs. Peter and Caroline Koblenzer
Elizabeth and Terrance McCabe
Mary Moore
Despina F. Page
Dr. and Mrs. John Regan
Dr. and Mrs. Milton L. Rock
Carol and Stephen Spinelli
Randy Swartz and Judith Sills Swartz
Honorable and Mrs. Thomas P. Watkins
F. Gordon Yasinow
Joseph S. and Renee M. Zuritsky

List complete as of August 3, 2016