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Special update from our college student correspondent

October 11, 2012

Welcome to the 2012-13 season at The Philadelphia Orchestra!  

My name is Amalya Lehmann and I am a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying musicology, cognitive science, and violin. I try to attend Philadelphia Orchestra concerts weekly, and write about eZseatU and the Orchestra's season from a college student's perspective. Today’s post is on an event that’s hopefully already on your radar!

Whether you are just getting into classical music, or you have listened to classical music and attended concerts for years, we hope you’re excited to attend one of the first performances of the 2012-13 season—tonight’s FREE College Concert.

Beginning at 7 PM, the Temple University marching band will get the evening started in front of the Kimmel Center’s Broad Street entrance with big brass, woodwind, and percussion sounds. Several universities in the area will also be well-represented at the Kimmel: West Chester University’s Rammy, Drexel University’ Mario the Magnificent Dragon, La Salle University’s Explorer, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Quaker.

The program begins with Orchestra Assistant Conductor Cristian Macelaru conducting Liszt’s third and most famous symphonic poem, Les Préludes, officially based on Alphonse de Lamartine’s poem of the same name. 

The program follows with a special arrangement of Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1, which you would think would feature a cellist, but instead will showcase Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch. Ironically, Saint-Saëns composed this Concerto for the cellist August Tolbecque, who was attempting to enhance the status of cellists in an era when most concertos were composed for violinists and pianists. Jantsch, who became the first woman to hold a principal tuba chair among major orchestras, as well as one of the youngest members of the Orchestra (she won the position when she was still in college!), is performing the piece, in turn, to raise awareness of the tuba as a solo instrument.

Following the Concerto, the Orchestra will perform Karim Al-Zand’s City Scenes: Three Urban Dances for Orchestra. Fitting for the city of Philadelphia, the piece comprises three dance movements emulating city life. To close the program, the Orchestra will continue with excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet music for Romeo and Juliet.

Besides this fantastic program, there will be a post-concert party in the Kimmel Center lobby with live music by LP Stiles, free food, and the opportunities to meet the Orchestra’s musicians. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with other music lovers your age, studying in Philadelphia-area universities.

This is a night not to be missed! See you then!

Photo: Pete Checchia