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Philadelphia Orchestra and All-City Orchestra Deepen Commitment

February 24, 2016

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents the All-City High School Music Festival, March 1

All-City Orchestra, Band, and Choir give world premiere of John B Hedges’s
Promise of a City, commissioned especially for the Festival

 

(Philadelphia, February 24, 2016)—In a recently-announced partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and Project 440, The Philadelphia Orchestra deepens its commitment to the city’s public school system to serve as the lead artistic partner for the Philadelphia All-City High School Orchestra. As part of this commitment to one another, The Philadelphia Orchestra presents the All-City High School Music Festival, Tuesday, March 1, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. At the concert, the All-City Orchestra, Choir, and Band will perform the world premiere of Philadelphia-based composer John B Hedges’s Promise of a City, commissioned especially for the event by Joseph Conyers, assistant principal bass of The Philadelphia Orchestra, music director of the All-City Orchestra, and executive director of Project 440. School District of Philadelphia teachers and Philadelphia Orchestra musicians have been coaching students in sectionals leading up to this performance. Furthermore, the All-City Orchestra will sit side-by-side with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra for a special rehearsal on Saturday, March 19.

“The Philadelphia Orchestra is committed to leading and advocating for music education. There is a strong correlation between music and a student's overall development and achievement,” said Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “Our partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and the All-City Orchestra plays a key role in our work to eliminate students’ barriers to classical music and music education. This is only the beginning.”

“As The Philadelphia Orchestra we have the responsibility to nurture the wealth of musical talent in our city as well as foster the hunger for music,” said Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “I have seen how music can inspire, it can resonate, it can bring joy, and it can bring dreams. The young musicians of All-City are inspired by collaborating with one of the world’s greatest orchestras but they also inspire us, with their commitment, their joyful music-making, their dedication, and their professionalism. We all work toward the same goal, which is to share music and its emotional power.”

“The School District of Philadelphia is excited to partner with The Philadelphia Orchestra in our annual All-City High School Music Festival,” said Dr. William R. Hite, superintendent. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students to interact with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s world-renowned musicians and staff. In addition, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s resources will extend the festival’s reach to support our growing number of music teachers and programs, further enhancing our commitment to giving students access to robust educational opportunities, rich with music and arts.”

The School District of Philadelphia's All-City High School Music Festival takes place on Tuesday, March 1, at 7:30 PM at the Kimmel Center. Nézet-Séguin rehearses the All-City Orchestra and Chorus and then leads the students in the finale of their concert, performing Hedges’s Promise of a City. Yannick Nézet-Séguin has worked with the All-City students numerous times in the past, including at the 2015 Festival. This annual event has been a special highlight for the District in music education for decades, showcasing student achievements in musical performance of the highest caliber. Over 400 students hailing from more than 30 public high schools throughout the city will participate in the concert, which features the All-City Orchestra, Choir, and Band. Physician, on-air health expert, speaker, and author Dr. Jennifer Caudle serves as emcee for the evening. This concert is free and open to the public.

Additionally, each year The Philadelphia Orchestra selects one youth ensemble to sit side-by-side with musicians from the Orchestra in rehearsal. The experience connects developing musicians with their professional counterparts for one-on-one coaching. This year’s Side-by-Side Rehearsal with the All-City Orchestra is on March 19 at 9:30 AM in Verizon Hall.

Together with its community partners, The Philadelphia Orchestra continues to invest in creating access to music for Philadelphia audiences, with initiatives such as the award-winning Sound All Around concert series, PlayINs, free Pop-Up concerts, free Neighborhood Concerts, and Open Rehearsals. Collaborative learning programs like Side-by-Side rehearsals, School Concerts, mentoring, residency work, and the School Partnership Program provide meaningful education opportunities for students throughout Philadelphia. Additionally, the Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition final auditions take place on Tuesday, March 29, at 2 PM at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. The auditions are free and open to the public.

 


All-City High School Music Festival
March 1 at 7:30 PM — Tuesday evening — Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

All-Philadelphia High School Concert Band
All-Philadelphia High School Choir
All-Philadelphia High School Orchestra

The All-City Festival features 400 of the School District of Philadelphia’s most talented students in ensembles including Band (conducted by Dr. Wesley J. Broadax), Choir (conducted by Dorina C. Morrow), and Orchestra (conducted by Joseph Conyers). This year’s finale will be conducted by Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The program includes works by Dvořák, Saint-Saëns, Copland, and a world premiere by John B Hedges that was commissioned specifically for the combined All-City ensembles. Physician, on-air health expert, speaker, and author Dr. Jennifer Caudle serves as emcee for the evening.

The concert is free, but tickets are required and are currently available for reservation on philorch.org, at the Kimmel Center Box Office, or by calling 215-893-1999. 

The All-Philadelphia High School Music Festival is presented by The Philadelphia Orchestra in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and Project 440. 


Side-by-Side Rehearsal
March 19 at 9:30 AM — Saturday morning — Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
All-Philadelphia High School Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra and the School District of Philadelphia’s All-City Orchestra sit side-by-side for a special rehearsal experience.

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