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Spring into Spring! Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra Give a FREE PopUP Concert at the Kimmel Center

April 4, 2016

Tickets for the April 7 family-friendly concert can be reserved starting at 10 AM on April 5 via philorch.org

(Philadelphia, April 4, 2016)—Surprise! Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra kick off the spring season with a FREE PopUP Concert, Thursday, April 7, at 6:30 PM, at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Seating for the concert is general admission, and tickets can be reserved starting at 10 AM on Tuesday, April 5, through philorch.org. The evening includes a special Conduct Us event in Commonwealth Plaza, the activation of a brand-new Kids Track of the Orchestra’s popular LiveNote™ app, and the announcement of collaborative learning initiatives that deepen the Orchestra’s engagement with the community. The Free PopUP Concert is sponsored by U. S. Charitable Gift Trust at the recommendation of Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore.

Come to the Kimmel Center early! The festivities begin with an interactive Conduct Us at 5:30 PM in Commonwealth Plaza. You can make your conducting debut with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s string sections with the help of Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman. One lucky participant of the Conduct Us will be welcomed to lead the full Orchestra onstage in Verizon Hall at the close of the concert. The family-friendly program features classical favorites enhanced by the new LiveNote Kids Track, allowing your youngest listeners to follow along with the action. Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra perform selections from Grieg’s
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Sibelius’s Finlandia, Suite No. 1 from Bizet’s Carmen, and Copland’s Appalachian Spring. LiveNote will be activated for the Sibelius and Copland pieces, allowing smartphone users to access custom-created content in real time, presenting musical and historical highlights. The PopUP Concert will also include a special announcement about the expansion of the Orchestra’s community and educational initiatives.

“PopUP Concerts are festive and spontaneous events for people of every generation to enjoy, and with the earlier concert time, we welcome families with little ones who have early bedtimes,” said Allison Vulgamore. “Come share the joy of music-making with Yannick and our musicians, and be part of the fun! We’re also so excited to introduce you to new ways the Orchestra will deepen its presence and interaction within Philadelphia’s communities.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra invests in music education and creating 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—including the newly-deepened partnership with the School District of Philadelphia’s All-City Orchestra—and free events like PlayINs, PopUPs, and Neighborhood Concerts. Additional collaborative learning programs will be rolled out in the coming months.

For more information about the FREE PopUP Concert, please visit philorch.org.

About The Philadelphia Orchestra
About Yannick Nézet-Séguin

FREE PopUP Concert
April 7 at 6:30 PM – Thursday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor 


Selections from Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt




Suite No. 1 from Carmen


Appalachian Spring

The concert is free, but tickets are required and will be made available on April 5 at 10 AM on philorch.org and 215.893.1999.

The Free PopUP Concert is sponsored by U. S. Charitable Gift Trust at the recommendation of Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore.

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