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The Philadelphia Orchestra Performs a FREE PopUP Concert

February 24, 2017

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Musicians of the Orchestra Take the Stage for a

Family Friendly PopUP Concert Tuesday, February 28

(Philadelphia, February 24, 2017)—It’s back! Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrate the announcement of the 2017-18 season with a FREE community PopUP concert in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center Tuesday, February 28, at 6:30 PM. This family-friendly evening includes a special ConductUs event and features the 2016 Greenfield Student Competition Children’s Division winner, pianist Harmony Zhu. Seating for the one-hour concert is general admission, and tickets can be reserved starting at 12 PM on Monday, February 27, at philorch.org. Reserving a ticket does not guarantee admittance, as attendance is first come, first served.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to the Kimmel Center to take part in the ConductUs event beginning at 5 PM. Patrons can try their hand at conducting members of the Orchestra. One lucky conductor will be chosen to take the stage at the end of the concert to conduct the Orchestra at the end of the event.

PopUP concerts are one of the many ways The Philadelphia Orchestra creates access to music for Philadelphia audiences with initiatives for all ages and experience levels, including the award-winning Sound All Around for preschoolers, Family Concerts, School Concerts, projects in public schools, and free events like PlayINs, PopUPs, and Neighborhood Concerts, all part of the Orchestra’s HEAR initiative.


The Philadelphia Orchestra’s HEAR is a portfolio of integrated initiatives that connects musicians and music with neighbors and neighborhoods and audiences of all ages and backgrounds. HEAR promotes Health and wellness, champions music Education, eliminates barriers to Accessing the Orchestra, and maximizes impact in the community through Research, all throughout the Philadelphia region. The award-winning Collaborative Learning Department serves over 50,000 students, families, young people, and citizens each year. The various programs of HEAR have garnered support from the William Penn Foundation, the Neubauer Family Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and numerous other supporters from around the country. 

Harmony Zhu

Harmony Zhu is a prodigy with multiple talents. She has been featured on CBC News, NPR’s From the Top, as well as NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show three times for her exceptional gifts in composing, piano, and chess. She has won numerous first prizes and scholarships in piano competitions and chess tournaments. She has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Harris Hall, and Koerner Hall. At age eight Ms. Zhu began studying at the Juilliard Pre-College program. Her talents extend well beyond music. As a chess prodigy she has won numerous trophies and medals in national and international chess tournaments. She became the world champion of her age group after winning the World Youth Chess Championships held in the United Arab Emirates in 2013. She is also the North American Chess Champion of her age group and was awarded the title of Woman Candidate Master at the age of seven.


Free PopUP Concert

February 28 at 6:30 PM – Tuesday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Harmony Zhu Piano

Berlioz Le Corsaire Overture

Beethoven First movement from Piano Concerto No. 1

Gershwin An American in Paris


This concert is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.


About The Philadelphia Orchestra

About Yannick Nézet-Séguin



Liz Baker

phone: 215.790.7743

e-mail: lbaker@philorch.org


Patricia O’Kelly

phone: 202.999.9806

e-mail: pokelly@philorch.org 

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