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Philadelphia Orchestra Catapults into 2016 with a Month of Programming Offering Diversity of Musical Experiences

January 13, 2016

(Philadelphia, January 13, 2016)—The Philadelphia Orchestra catapults into 2016 with a month of programming that offers a diversity of musical experiences, reflecting how audiences can intersect with the Orchestra at all parts of their lives. The organization continues to present the people of Philadelphia with the best in classical music, with the unparalleled artistry of its musicians, vibrant performances of beloved classical repertoire, and a growing commitment to community engagement across the city, all under the dynamic artistic leadership of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. January 2016 represents the depth and breadth of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s presence locally, nationally, and globally, continuing its upward trajectory since its September 2015 involvement at the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis.

From consistently providing Philadelphia audiences with artistic excellence on the Verizon Hall stage, to bringing the Philadelphia Sound to Carnegie Hall, to serving the greater Philadelphia communities via free programming, to celebrating the “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street” in white-tie style, January 2016 features an collection of activities that distills an entire season of programming into a three-week period.

“January represents the fullness of the Orchestra's musical footprint, through performances in the concert hall and in service to our communities,” said Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “This month encompasses the best of classical music presented by our musicians onstage, as well as the deep connections forged offstage. Whether it is at the annual Free Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert, at a program in Verizon Hall from Yannick’s Music of Vienna festival, or at a Sound All Around concert exposing young children to the joy of music, the variety of the Orchestra’s activities provided in this month create an opportunity for anyone who is interested to experience The Philadelphia Orchestra.”

Three-Week Music of Vienna Festival under Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin
The Philadelphia Orchestra begins 2016 with a three-week festival celebrating the music of Vienna, the venerable classical music capital. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Orchestra in a mixture of classical standards as well as contemporary music and works new to Philadelphia audiences, such as HK Gruber’s Charivari and Mahler’s arrangement of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, two pieces never before performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The journey to Vienna begins with Yannick conducting Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Tales from the Vienna Woods” Waltz and the first Philadelphia Orchestra performances of HK Gruber’s Charivari and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 in an arrangement by Mahler (January 13-16). Jan Lisiecki joins the ensemble for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. The symphonies of Haydn and Bruckner are highlighted in the second week of the festival (January 21-22). Nézet-Séguin leads the Orchestra in Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 (“Drum Roll”) and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 (“Romantic”). The Orchestra bids Farewell to Vienna (January 28-30) with Leif Ove Andsnes performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto on a program that opens with Webern’s Im Sommerwind (premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1962) and concludes with Brahms’s Symphony No. 2.

Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra
Following the concert on Saturday, January 16, the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra host a cocktail reception at Bar Volvér, located in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Yannick Nézet-Séguin and members of the Orchestra join in on this opportunity to mix and mingle with young arts lovers from across the Philadelphia region. This event is free for Young Friends members who have purchased a ticket to the concert. The Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra are sponsored by PNC Arts Alive.

Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert
On January 18, 2016, at 1:30 PM Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra give the 26th annual free Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at the Girard College Chapel, honoring the legacy of Dr. King. This concert marks the third consecutive year of performing at Girard College, the home of Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. The decades-long tradition features teenage violinist Adé Williams, the Junior Division First Place Laureate of the 2012 Annual Sphinx Competition; speaker Charlotte Blake Alston; and a choir from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. The Orchestra will once again perform a selection from Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People, a powerful and uplifting work that has the ability to bring communities together. The Philadelphia Orchestra gave the world premiere of the work in November 2015. The Tribute Concert will also be broadcast live on WRTI 90.1 FM. The Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert is presented by PECO.

2016-17 Season Announcement
In an event that is free and open to the public, the 2016-17 season announcement features Yannick Nézet-Séguin and President and CEO Allison Vulgamore in casual conversation, discussing the new season, January 19 at 6 PM at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Additional special guests will provide audience members a special peek into the 2016-17 season on an even deeper level. Those who attend the event will have the opportunity to purchase Orchestra subscriptions with no additional ticket fees, and will receive a complimentary copy of the Orchestra’s GRAMMY®-nominated album Rachmaninoff Variations, featuring Yannick Nézet-Séguin and rising star pianist Daniil Trifonov. 

Celebrating the “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street”
The Academy of Music 159th Anniversary Concert and Ball features Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Orchestra, special guest Martin Short, and an appearance by Bobby Hill of the Keystone State Boychoir on Saturday, January 23. The theme for the evening is Philadelphia’s Night of Nights!, highlighting the Anniversary Concert and Ball as the premier annual white-tie gala in the City of Brotherly Love. Following the concert at the Academy of Music, the celebration continues at the stunning Hyatt at the Bellevue, beginning with the traditional promenade down Broad Street. The Academy of Music’s largest fundraising event provides essential funds to maintain the National Historic Landmark for years to come. For additional information, please call 215.893.1978 or visit theacademyball.org.

Carnegie Hall
Continuing a tradition that spans more than a century, The Philadelphia Orchestra travels up the Northeast Corridor to New York City for two performances at the legendary Carnegie Hall, January 14 and 26, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. With a strong partner in Carnegie Hall, the Orchestra maintains a large, devoted audience in the greater New York area. For these concerts, Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra present two programs from the ongoing Vienna Festival.

Sound All Around
The Orchestra’s award-winning Sound All Around program gives children an opportunity to get up close and personal with musicians, and exposes them to the fun of music-making at an early age. This month, the Orchestra’s bass clarinet player, Paul Demers, demonstrates the sounds of the clarinet to families at the Academy of Music Ballroom, Saturday, January 30, at 10 AM and 11:15 AM. Sound All Around is presented by PNC Grow Up Great.

For a complete overview of the Orchestra’s activities in January, or to purchase tickets to any of the above events mentioned, please visit philorch.org

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