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Giving and Receiving: The Philadelphia Orchestra Performs a Free Concert for Giving Tuesday

November 26, 2014

In the spirit of the season, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin give back to the Philadelphia community and their supporters with a FREE Concert for Giving Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30 PM at the Kimmel Center.

“Philadelphians have stepped up for the Orchestra, and in return we offer our thanks with this free concert, led by Yannick, at the most giving time of year,” said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “There is no better way to show our appreciation than through an evening of shared fun and celebration of the transformative power of music.”

Photo: Pete Checchia

Giving Tuesday is set aside around the world for people to come together, to celebrate generosity, and to give. The Orchestra, and all the resident companies of the Kimmel Center, are partnering with Cradles to Crayons for a month-long drive, “Sponsor a Snow Day,” and attendees at the Free Concert are asked to come to the Kimmel Center that day with some gently used or new coats, hats, gloves/mittens, books, board games, or puzzles to keep with the snow day theme; anything a needy kid can use to help get through the winter.

Your reward? For one thing, you'll feel good about yourself. Orchestra Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement Matthew Loden points to recent research showing people feel deep satisfaction and happiness when they know they’re making a real contribution to helping someone else. He adds that the Orchestra is committed to being a vibrant and relevant musical organization for the entire community. “We want to both acknowledge and appreciate the citizens of Philadelphia by giving them a free concert.” And with the audience basking in the glow of having helped a neighbor in need, Loden predicts “It’s going to be a love-fest!”

Your other reward? Great music of course! The pre-concert festivities start at 6 PM in Commonwealth Plaza. Members of the Orchestra will be playing traditional holiday music … and you'll have the opportunity to lead them in “Conduct the PO” sessions.

Photo: Pete Checchia

The concert itself starts at 7:30, and kicks off with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading the Fabulous Philadelphians in the “Waltz of the Flowers” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Then the audience will get into the act when they choose one of three Slavonic Dances by Dvořák. The remainder of the program includes the third movement of Brahms’s Symphony No. 3, “Autumn” from Glazunov’s The Seasons (because it’s not winter yet), Philadelphia resident and Pulitzer and Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s moving blue cathedral, and Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.

In addition, for three of the works on the concert, the audience will be able to use the Orchestra’s recently-introduced LiveNote™ application for mobile devices. The app follows along with the music in real time, presenting musical, emotional, and historical highlights of the selected works.

Remember: The concert is free. Just log on to https://www.philorch.org/concert/free-concert-giving-tuesday#/ at 8 o’clock Tuesday morning to register. Then bring your gift to the Kimmel Center that evening, knowing that you’ve done something good for your community but also knowing you’ll be treated to an evening filled with fun, great music, and some surprises for the audience—all thanks to the Fabulous Philadelphians and Yannick.