Philadelphia Orchestra to Launch 2013 Summer Season on 7/2 at RiverStage

Philadelphia Orchestra to Launch 2013 Summer Season on 7/2 at RiverStage

The Philadelphia Orchestra launches an exciting 2013 summer season on July 2 with a free Neighborhood Concert under the stars on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. This quintessential summer concert, presented by Wells Fargo and conducted by Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian M?celaru, is followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Delaware River. Philadelphia audiences will enjoy an array of other performances in the tri-state area this summer, with a July concert in Princeton, New Jersey's Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall-the Orchestra's first concert in Princeton in nearly 50 years; two performances at the lush Meadow at LongwoodGardens; and two weeks of concerts at the Mann in beautiful and expansive Fairmount Park.

Music lovers beyond Philadelphia will have a chance to enjoy the Orchestra when the ensemble returns to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for its annual residency at Bravo! Vail in early July. And, as the perfect end to an exciting summer season, the Orchestra returns to Saratoga Springs, New York, for three weeks of concerts at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in August-where it has performed each summer since the Center's founding in 1966.


RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-Tuesday, July 2, at 8:00 PM
The Philadelphia Orchestra with Associate Conductor Cristian M?celaru and guest violinist Kristin Lee takes to the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing for a free Neighborhood Concert. This is the Orchestra's sixth appearance on the Great Plaza. The program, presented by Wells Fargo, features Bernstein's Overture to Candide; Barber's Commando March; Vieuxtemps's Souvenir d'Amérique: Variations on "Yankee Doodle"; Copland'sBilly the Kid Suite; Grofé's "On the Trail," from The Grand Canyon Suite; and ends with Tchaikovsky's rousing and patriotic 1812 Overture. To close this enchanted evening, a spectacular fireworks display lights up the night sky on the Delaware Riverfront. In a rare pre-concert treat at 5:00 PM, the Orchestra welcomes students from the Philadelphia International Music Festival as they perform Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 in D major ("Reformation"); Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite; Winkler's Concert Prelude III; Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor; and Vivaldi's Concerto for Violin and Cello in B-flat major; all under the direction of M?celaru. This annual summer music program provides young musicians from around the world the opportunity to study with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. For more information, visit

Bravo! Vail-Vail, Colorado-July 5 to 13
The Philadelphia Orchestra journeys to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for the seventh season of performances at Bravo! Vail taking place from July 5 to 13. On the heels of a highly-successful inaugural subscription season in Philadelphia, and his debut at Bravo! Vail in 2012, Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Orchestra in concerts at the Gerald F. Ford Amphitheater on July 10, 12, and 13. The first program features works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, while the July 12 program showcases the music of Mozart and Mahler with pianist Jan Lisiecki (in his Philadelphia Orchestra debut) and soprano Susanna Phillips. In the culminating performance of the residency on July 13, the Orchestra recreates the magic of Verdi's Requiem, which Nézet-Séguin performed with the ensemble last fall in Verizon Hall to celebrate his inaugural subscription season. A star-studded cast including soprano Angela Meade, mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, tenor John Mac Master (in his Philadelphia Orchestra debut), and bass-baritone John Relyea joins the Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin for a performance with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Other renowned guest artists set to join the Orchestra on the festival stage include saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera in his Philadelphia Orchestra debut (July 5), conductor Giancarlo Guerrero (July 5, 7), and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (July 7). Plus, The Philadelphia Orchestra's own associate conductor, Cristian M?celaru, conducts Cirque de la Symphonie (July 6) while Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales is featured on the Latin Jazz Night with Paquito D'Rivera program (July 5). Visit for tickets and more information.

Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall-Princeton, New Jersey-July 17
The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to Princeton, New Jersey, for the first time in nearly 50 years as William and Judith Scheide welcome the ensemble for the Sixth Annual Midsummer Celebration concert in July. The performance will be led by guest conductor Mark Laycock­ who made his Philadelphia Orchestra conducting debut at the age of 21 as winner of the Leopold Stokowski Memorial Conducting Competition nearly 35 years ago. The concert will take place at Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on July 17, at 8:00 PM and will feature Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 ("Classical"), Weber's Overture to Oberon, Brahms's Variations on a Theme of Haydn, and Schumann's Symphony No. 1 ("Spring"). This will mark the first Philadelphia Orchestra performance in Princeton since 1964. Visit for tickets and more information.