Philadelphia University Kicks Off 125th Anniversary with Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert

Philadelphia University kicked off its 125th anniversary celebration with an exciting on-campus performance of the famed Philadelphia Orchestra in the Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center.  More than 1800 faculty, staff, students, alumni, neighbors, supporters and other friends of the University attended the event on Saturday, June 27.

“Philadelphia University was 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.

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.

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

“We were very pleased to help Philadelphia University celebrate its 125th anniversary with a concert on their campus,” said Philadelphia Orchestra Executive Director Frank Slattery. “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 University is planning a series of events and activities to celebrate the 125th anniversary. More information on the history of Philadelphia University, the University today and the bold ideas that will drive Philadelphia University into the future will be provided in the coming months.

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