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The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents FREE Concert for Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November 14, 2017

Free Tickets Available Starting Today

(Philadelphia, November 14, 2017)—This Giving Tuesday, The Philadelphia Orchestra will give back to the individuals and communities that so generously support the Orchestra all season long with a FREE Giving Tuesday Concert. Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe will lead the festive performance on November 28.

Seating is general admission and free tickets are available at www.philorch.org starting today. The family-friendly program will last approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.

"During this season of giving thanks for those we care for, we offer our Giving Tuesday Concert to our many communities of Philadelphia and fellow Philadelphians," said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “We hope to see our home, Verizon Hall, filled with friends for this fun and shared experience, celebrating the enriching power of music to gather us in unity."

Pre-concert festivities for the Giving Tuesday Concert will begin at 5:00 PM in Commonwealth Plaza with the return of “ConductUS!”––a unique opportunity for audience members to conduct musicians from the Orchestra. One lucky participant may be selected to lead the Orchestra in the evening’s concert! The performance will begin at 6:30 PM and will feature varied works and seasonal favorites, including the “Russian Dance” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The program will also feature organist Peter Richard Conte performing excerpts from Guilmant’s Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra and an appearance by Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition winner violinist Hyun Jae Lim. In the spirit of the season, musicians will be dressed in colorful attire and the audience is invited to do the same.

The Giving Tuesday Concert is part of the Orchestra’s ongoing commitment to service through performances and activities in the concert hall and out in the community. Concertgoers are encouraged to donate new hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves to “Warmth In Winter,” a charity the Kimmel Center is supporting in partnership with Councilperson Blondell Reynolds Brown that benefits children in need.



FREE Giving Tuesday Concert

November 28 at 6:30 PM––Tuesday evening––Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Pre-Concert activities begin at 5:00 in Commonwealth Plaza

Verizon Hall doors open at 6:00 PM


Kensho Watanabe Conductor

Peter Richard Conte Organ

Hyun Jae Lim Violin (Philadelphia Orchestra Debut)


Bizet                            “Farandole,” from L’Arlésienne, Suite No. 2

Guilmant                      First movement from Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra

Korngold                      First movement from Violin Concerto in D major

Berlioz                         Roman Carnival Overture

Saint-Saëns                  Finale from Symphony No. 3 in C minor (“Organ”)

Tchaikovsky                 “Russian Dance,” from The Nutcracker


The Free Giving Tuesday Concert is made possible in part by the generous support of the

 National Endowment for the Arts. 

This concert is part of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience, supported through a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation.



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