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PHILADELPHIA (May 13, 2015) – The Mann’s 2015 Summer Orchestra Series opens this June with eight concerts that celebrate distinct genres paired with some of the finest classical musicians in the world. Featuring the stars of stage and screens both big and small, the season includes two classical orchestral evenings, two movie nights under the stars with film scores performed live, two entertainment headliners, plus the return of Zelda.
“For so many of us, the announcement of the orchestra season at the Mann signifies the return of summer and great nights listening to incredible music under the stars,” says Catherine M. Cahill, President and CEO of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. “We are thrilled to say that summer is back at the Mann.”
This season, The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to its summer home in Fairmount Park to perform six concerts, spanning a repertoire of classical and classical-crossover concerts as well as the popular movie-in-the-park evenings. The series opens with Tchaikovsky with Fireworks (June 23), followed by “A Night of Gershwin” (June 26) and an all-Beethoven concert (July 25). Movie nights will feature two American classics, The Godfather (June 25) and The Fellowship of the Ring (July 23), with The Philadelphia Orchestra performing the film scores live. Finally, on July 24, Diana Krall takes the stage with the Fabulous Philadelphians as part of her Wallflower world tour for a concert that combines her orchestral standards with pop classics from her recent album.
“Magnificent music creates powerful, memorable moments, whether providing depth to a film, increasing emotion during a musical, or creating the perfect soundtrack for a summer date night. This season’s orchestral series will do all that, and more,” Cahill adds.
The orchestra series is rounded out by two additional concerts this season. On July 18, the multi-talented Seth MacFarlane arrives at the Mann to lend his well-known voice to American Songbook classics with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Then, late in the season, The Legend of Zelda will return to the Mann for an encore performance on Sept. 18 with a 90-piece orchestra and choir.
TUESDAY, JUNE 23 Opening Night: Tchaikovsky with Fireworks with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Opening night welcomes a Philadelphia favorite, Tchaikovsky with Fireworks, to start the summer residency of The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann. Revel in the unbridled passion of the doomed lovers Romeo and Juliet, delight in the virtuosity of Philadelphia’s principal cellist, Hai-Ye Ni, as she serenades the audience in the elegant Rococo Variations, waltz along on the lawn as the beloved Swan Lake Suite quickens your pulse, and shout for joy as the1812 Overture lights up the night sky with thrilling melodies and a fireworks finale!
Conductor: Cristian Măcelaru
Soloist: Hai-Ye Ni, Cellist
THURSDAY, JUNE 25: The Godfather Live with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Godfather comes to life on the big screen with Nino Rota’s iconic and haunting score performed live by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ranked as one of the best movies of all time by the American Film Institute, The Godfather with a live orchestral score will leave you absolutely speechless.
Conductor: Justin Freer
Tickets: $20-$35; Limited VIP tickets available
* Concert begins at 7:30pm, doors open at 6pm
FRIDAY, JUNE 26: A Night of Gershwin with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Celebrate the breadth of George Gershwin’s legacy with one of his most effervescent musical overtures, Rhapsody in Blue; the first and still the finest American opera, Porgy and Bess; and the ultimate musical postcard to the folks back home, An American in Paris. This evening at the Mann will feature some of the best music America has given the world.
Conductor: Cristian Măcelaru
Soloists: Terrence Wilson, piano; Taylor Johnson, soprano; Norman Garrett, baritone
SATURDAY, JULY 18: Seth MacFarlane with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
“Family Guy” funny man and Grammy-nominated artist, Seth MacFarlane, showcases his smooth singing talents with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Hear your favorite American Songbook classics in one unforgettable summer night, only at the Mann.
Conductor: Jack Everly
Tickets: $45-$89; Limited VIP Tickets Available
THURSDAY, JULY 23: The Fellowship of the Ring with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Witness The Fellowship of the Ring from The Lord of the Rings, the first film of the beloved trilogy, on a giant screen with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Don’t miss this epic score composed and orchestrated by Academy Award-winner Howard Shore performed live by one of the world’s greatest orchestras and two full choirs. Conductor: Ludwig Wicki
Choirs: Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia (Paul Rardin, Artistic Director Designate), Philadelphia Boys Choir (Jeffrey R. Smith, Music Director)
Tickets: $25-$65; Limited VIP tickets available
* Concert begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
FRIDAY, JULY 24: Diana Krall with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Diana Krall returns to the Mann for an unforgettable evening with the incomparable Philadelphia Orchestra as part of her Wallflower World Tour. In addition to her lush orchestral standards, Krall will also perform pop classics from her new album Wallflower, including The Mamas and the Papas’ California Dreamin, the Eagles’ Desperado, and Bob Dylan’s Wallflower.
Conductor: Chris Walden
SATURDAY, JULY 25: All-Beethoven Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra
If ever there was a musician whose battle cry was “freedom,” it was Beethoven. His Leonore Overture No. 3 relates the heroic conviction of a woman to free her husband from certain doom. The Piano Concerto No. 2 was composed for his own astonishing virtuoso technique. And the Symphony No. 5 has become so much more than a symphony – its famous first four notes have been turned into a Morse code phrase for “victory.” Its propulsive energy and journey escalate towards a finale that has long transcended the concert hall and given hope to oppressed people everywhere. Come to the Mann to hear again why The Philadelphia Orchestra is supreme in the music of Beethoven.
Conductor: Cristian Măcelaru
Soloist: Janice Carissa, Pianist
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert series is back with a third installment: “Master Quest.” Audiences can expect to experience awesome new inclusions from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worldsand new music from the recently announced remake of fan favorite The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. A four-movement symphony, recounting the classic storylines from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, A Link to the Past and more. Performed by a 90-piece orchestra and choir, the music is accompanied by images on a giant screen.
Conductor: Amy Andersson
*Unless otherwise noted, gates open at 6 p.m. for 8 p.m. showtimes for all orchestra concerts. For more information and to order tickets, please visit, www.manncenter.org.
Below is a full list of shows which have been announced to date for summer 2015. For information on all shows, visit manncenter.org.
May 22 All Time Low at the Skyline Stage with special guests Issues, Tonight Alive, and State Champ
May 26 Ed Sheeran with special guest Foy Vance
June 7 Charlie Wilson with special guests KEM & Joe
June 17 Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters with special guest Pixies
June 19 Amos Lee & David Gray
June 23 Tchaikovsky with Fireworks with The Philadelphia Orchestra
June 25 The Godfather Live with The Philadelphia Orchestra
June 26 A Night of Gershwin with The Philadelphia Orchestra
June 27 John Fogerty – 1969
June 28 Barenaked Ladies with Violent Femmes & Colin Hay
June 29 Brian Wilson with special guest Rodriguez
June 30 Ingrid Michaelson at the Skyline Stage with special guests Jukebox The Ghost & Secret Someones
July 9 Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! presented by NPR
July 11 Christina Perri & Colbie Caillat
July 16 Idina Menzel
July 18 Seth MacFarlane with the Baltimore Symphony
July 23 The Fellowship of the Ring with The Philadelphia Orchestra
July 24 Diana Krall with The Philadelphia Orchestra
July 25 All-Beethoven with The Philadelphia Orchestra
July 28 Milky Chance at Skyline Stage with special guests X Ambassadors
July 29 Jason Isbell at Skyline Stage
July 31 “Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory World Tour
August 1 Faith No More at Skyline Stage with special guests Refused
August 8 Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings
August 5 The Piano Guys
August 11 Phish
August 12 Phish
August 29 Reggae In The Park Presents: Catch A Fire Tour with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley
September 17 Alabama Shakes with special guests Drive-by Truckers
September 18 The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest with Live Orchestra