Philadelphia Orchestra to continue free neighborhood concerts

Posted on: May 14, 2010

In Thursday’s (5/13) Philadelphia Inquirer, Peter Dobrin writes, “Despite a delicate fiscal condition, the Philadelphia Orchestra will continue its free neighborhood concert series this summer. Three sites were chosen, each of which the orchestra has visited before: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center June 18, a new stage at Penn’s Landing July 3, and, sneaking in just under the summer wire, City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza Sept. 21. Artists and repertoire have not been nailed down for the concerts, announced yesterday at City Hall by Mayor Nutter and orchestra president Allison B. Vulgamore. The performances will be led by assistant conductors Rossen Milanov and Danail Rachev. The orchestra started the neighborhood concert program in 2000, its centennial year, garnering support for many of the summers since from Wachovia, which is underwriting the effort with $220,000 this year. ‘Despite some very challenging times for both organizations, our support has never wavered,’ said Vince Liuzzi, the bank’s regional president. The concerts, he said, ‘are memorable not only for the music, but also for where they’re held.’ ”

Posted May 14, 2010