Philadelphia Orchestra’s virtual gala to feature Valerie Coleman premiere, plus Steve Martin, Wynton Marsalis, Lang Lang, Nicola Benedetti

Posted on: May 27, 2020

“Unable to physically gather as an ensemble, the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform online—their individual sounds assembled digitally into a whole—in a June 6 ‘at home’ gala fund-raiser,” writes Peter Dobrin in Wednesday’s (5/27) Philadelphia Inquirer. “Steve Martin, Wynton Marsalis, pianist Lang Lang and violinist Nicola Benedetti will also perform virtually…. Hosted by the orchestra’s music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the gala is intended as both a ‘thank you’ to listeners who have supported the orchestra during the coronavirus shutdown, as well as a fund-raiser.… The hour-long presentation will be a mix of live and prerecorded elements…. Violist Beatrice Chen, 2019 junior division winner of the orchestra’s Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition, will perform. The orchestra has commissioned a new work from Valerie Coleman especially for the gala, a piece that pays tribute to frontline workers in the coronavirus pandemic, Seven O’Clock Shout…. The Coleman work will be played and recorded by individual orchestra members in their homes, with their sounds professionally mixed, as will be the case with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise that will be set to visuals that president and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky calls ‘a kind of love letter to Philadelphia.’ ”