Gala Concert - Gateway to Europe with Fireworks!
The Mann’s Summer 2012 Season opens with fireworks and a grand send-off for the Curtis Symphony Orchestra as they embark on a European tour to open the famed Dresden Music Festival. Praised for its “otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication” (New York Times), the Curtis Symphony Orchestra makes its debut on the stage of the Mann Center. This concert is FREE as a gift to the City of Philadelphia!
The concert begins with Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture, a classical favorite that brims with excitement and lyrical good cheer. Expertly blended orchestral colors mingle in the overture, composed in 1880 as a musical thank-you to the University of Breslau for awarding Brahms an honorary doctorate. The program jumps to 1950’s New York City with Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, a suite of orchestral music from the beloved Broadway musical, with students from the Rock School for Dance Education joining the Curtis orchestra onstage. The sparkling music, written by 1941 Curtis graduate Leonard Bernstein, combines memorable melodies (including Somewhere and Cool), with vibrant jazz rhythms and Latin influences. The concert closes with another work by Brahms, his idyllic Symphony No. 2. The warm, pastoral nature of the piece evokes the Austrian countryside, where the composer wrote the symphony in the summer of 1877.
Conductor: Rossen Milanov
Dancers from the Rock School for Dance Education
BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
Picnics are welcome for this performance.
Before the concert celebrate with Curtis and the Mann at the Party in the Park Gala.
Great friends, dazzling seasonal menu, and festive canopied tents plus fabulous music and fireworks over a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia Skyline. And an exclusive post-concert champagne reception!
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