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Opening Night Celebration Concert

September 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Organizer: The Philadelphia Orchestra

Where: Virtual

This special fundraising concert will be the most inspiring, inclusive, and innovative Opening Night in recent Philadelphia Orchestra history—and you can play a leading role in making this possible! Learn how you can support Our World NOW: An Opening Night Celebration.

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Billie Jean King Special Guest
Lang Lang Piano
Steve Martin Banjo
Angel Blue Soprano

Program includes:

Coleman Seven O’Clock Shout 
Rossini Overture to The Thieving Magpie
Martin/orch. Jantsch “Rare Bird Alert”—First Philadelphia Orchestra Performance; World Premiere of this Orchestration
Verdi “Timor di me? … D’amor sull’ali rosee,” from Il trovatore
Mozart Symphony No. 29

Join us for Our World NOW: An Opening Night Celebration, as Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra come together onstage for an evening of glorious music, uplifting joy, and inspiring connection on the Orchestra’s Digital Stage.

This year’s Opening Night Celebration sets the scene for a new and exciting season like never before. Enjoy timeless selections by Rossini and Mozart as well as the first onstage performance of Valerie Coleman’s Seven O’Clock Shout, the Orchestra’s commissioned anthem in response to COVID-19. Experience soprano Angel Blue’s gorgeous rendition of Verdi’s “D’amor sull’ali rosee” from Il trovatore, a new virtual collaboration with GRAMMY®-winning musician and actor Steve Martin, and a brilliant remote performance from pianist Lang Lang. All this plus special appearances by sports icon and owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms Billie Jean King make it a truly unforgettable evening!

Opening Night Co-Chairs Deborah Ledley, Judy Foster Glick, and Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch, and the Opening Night Committee look forward to welcoming you to this celebratory evening.

Please note: The Opening Night Celebration Concert will begin with a performance premiere. Following the performance premiere, the content will be available for ticket holders to watch on demand for one week.


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