Mann Center 2015: Six Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, pop and jazz stars, “Liberty: Unplugged” festival

Posted on: April 14, 2015

In Sunday’s (4/12) Philadelphia Inquirer, Peter Dobrin writes that the first of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s six concerts at the Mann Center will take place “June 23 with fireworks and Tchaikovsky. Cristian Macelaru will conduct the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture and, with cellist Hai-Ye Ni, Variations on a Rococo Theme. Nino Rota’s score to The Godfather will be performed June 25, as the movie is shown on two new video screens. A new audio system promises better orchestral sound.… The Philadelphia Orchestra will return July 23 in a Lord of the Rings program, July 24 with pianist and singer Diana Krall playing pop standards, and an all-Beethoven concert July 25…. The Mann has programmed seven events between May and September under the banner of ‘Liberty: Unplugged!’ The festival will happen at the Mann but also at other venues…. The first event … will be a free concert [featuring] Hallelujahs of Free, commissioned by Play On, Philly! from Philadelphia composer David Carpenter.” The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will perform an American Songbook program on July 18.

Posted April 14, 2015