Philadelphia University Kicks Off 125th Anniversary with The Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert Sat., June 27

Philadelphia University will kick off its125th anniversary celebration with the Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert Sat., June 27 at 7 p.m. in The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center.

The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission and on a first-come first-served basis; no tickets are required. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Wachovia continues its commitment to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Neighborhood Concerts as presenting sponsor for the sixth consecutive year.

“Philadelphia University is pleased to share this special occasion marking our 125th anniversary with another great Philadelphia institution – The Philadelphia Orchestra,” said Philadelphia University President Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D.

“Philadelphia University’s history, like that of the Orchestra, is intertwined with the life of this great city, and we look forward to continuing our role as higher-education leaders in Philadelphia and throughout the world for many years to come,” he added.

The 2009 Neighborhood Concert series continues The Philadelphia Orchestra’s commitment to celebrating the vitality of neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia region, bringing the Orchestra into communities in a variety of settings, and introducing the world-renowned ensemble to new audiences.

“All of us at The Philadelphia Orchestra look forward to another summer of free Neighborhood Concerts, which give thousands of people, who might not otherwise attend an Orchestra performance, the opportunity to hear our Orchestra,” said Philadelphia Orchestra Executive Director Frank Slattery. “We are very pleased to help Philadelphia University celebrate its 125th anniversary with a concert on their campus. These concerts would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of our good partner, Wachovia. We are grateful for their sixth year of support of our Neighborhood Concert series.”

Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Rossen Milanov conducts a program that features music of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Verdi and Wagner.

“At Wachovia, we are proud to sponsor The Philadelphia Orchestra’s free Neighborhood Concert series for the sixth straight year,” said Wachovia’s Regional President for Greater Philadelphia and Delaware Vince Liuzzi. “These concerts have brought the Orchestra’s music to tens of thousands of people, and they offer a wonderful opportunity for community residents to come together in their own neighborhood to enjoy a live performance by one of the world’s great classical music ensembles.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra Program:

Rossen Milanov, Conductor
Brahms  Academic Festival Overture
Mendelssohn  Excerpts from Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Verdi   Overture to La forza del destino
Wagner  Overture to Tannhäuser

Free parking will be available in campus parking lots, with the exception of The Gallagher Center garage. A limited number of handicapped parking spaces will be held in The Gallagher Center garage. SEPTA’s R6 Regional Rail line stops at the East Falls train station, which is a 10-minute walk from the concert site. For directions, parking and campus maps, visit www.PhilaU.edu/directions.

In addition to the generous support of Wachovia of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2009 Neighborhood Concert Series, additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Philadelphia, the Presser Foundation, and the Annenberg Foundation. Printing is provided by Ricoh.

Community partners for the Philadelphia University concert include William Penn Charter School and the East Falls Community Council. Recent graduate, Robert Cassella (Graphic Design Communications) was the winner of the poster competition and his designs were incorporated into the designs for the concert promotional materials.

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