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Mann’s 2013 Summer Orchestra Series Presents Disney, Philly Sports, Zelda, The Classics, & Broadway This July & August!

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Mann’s 2013 Summer Orchestra Series Presents Disney, Philly Sports, Zelda, The Classics, & Broadway This July & August!





Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia On Stage at the Mann


PHILADELPHIA  (July 16, 2013) – The Mann’s 2013 Summer Orchestra Series continues in July and August with seven concerts that celebrate distinct genres of entertainment paired with Philadelphia’s finest classical musicians.  The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present Disney’s Fantasia Live in Concert; Symphonic Sports-tacular with After Show Fireworks; The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses-Second Quest with new music and video; From Russian Romance to Revolution; Van Cliburn: A Tribute; and closing the series is Michael Feinstein & Friends all with the incomparable Philadelphia Orchestra.


“We’re continuing to unite and expand audiences by pairing world-class orchestras with subjects that people are passionate about,” says Catherine M. Cahill, CEO and President of the Mann.  “Each concert is crafted around material that’s been a game changer in its respective genre, from Nintendo’s Zelda to the great American songbook to the greatest moments in Philadelphia sports.  We’re retelling some of the best stories of all time, along with much of the best music of all time.”


TUESDAY, JULY 23:  Disney’s Fantasia Live in Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Join us for a thrilling performance of Walt Disney’s groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation, Fantasia. Magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version and Fantasia 2000, including selections from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, “Dance of the Hours” and The Nutcracker, will be performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra more than 70 years after the orchestra, under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, recorded the original soundtrack for the Disney film.  With Fantasia movie clips shown on the big screen, this concert promises a revival of childhood favorites for parents and a new experience to be shared with children of all ages.


Presentation licensed by Disney Concert Library © Disney


Conductor:Cristian Macelaru, assistant conductor, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Tickets:$49.50, $35, $19.50 (Reserved Terrace), $15 (Lawn)


WEDNESDAY, JULY 24:  Symphonic Sports-tacular with The Philadelphia Orchestra with

NEW PRE-SHOW SPORTS-A-RAMA & After Show Fireworks

Philadelphia sports take center stage at the Mann this summer when the Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Flyers, and Union join forces with the Fabulous Philadelphians for the world premiere of Symphonic Sports-tacular.  Hosted by the "Voice of the Eagles," Merrill Reese, the concert showcases Philly’s best sports moments on giant video screens set to classical music's greatest hits.  The evening will also feature a Parade of Stars featuring many of the region’s youth athletes and a special appearance by Philadelphia sportscaster, Michael Barkann, along with the hilarious broadcast of Beethoven's 5th by  PDQ Bach’s Peter Schickele.  Show starts at 8 p.m.


SPORTS-A-RAMA   6-7:45  p.m.

Be a part of the concert’s “pre-game” activities during Sports-A-Rama at the Mann from 6-7:45 p.m. on July 24.  “We want this show to have a great spectator experience for both music and sports fans,” said Catherine Cahill, President & CEO of the Mann.  “So, just like you would at our Philly stadiums and arenas, come early for some pre-game fun at the Mann!” 


Meet representatives from the Philadelphia Phillies, Sixers, Union, Flyers and Eagles on and around the Mann’s great lawn.  Ham it up with the Phillie Phanatic and the Eagles’ Swoop mascot.  Get an autograph from Phils’ great, Greg Luzinski.  Practice your football pass and soccer goal shot in huge inflatable displays. Be on the look out for giveaways from the Flyers Fun Patrol. Watch the Sixers’ Flight Squad perform amazing acrobatics.  Then grab a Dollar Dog, settle in for the concert hosted by Merrill Reese, and stay for the after-show fireworks. Fun for the whole family! 


Be A Part of the Show

Not only will Philly’s greatest sports moments be part of the concert, but so can your family’s!  Send photos of your children playing their favorite sports and we’ll incorporate as many as we can into a special part of the concert.  Send your photos to


Produced by the Mann and Elliott Forrest


Conductor:Steven Reineke, music director of The New York Pops, returns to the Mann for this original work.

Tickets:Special family pricing – promo code “fam” -- $20/adult, $5/child – at or 215-893-1999 and the Mann box office


THURSDAY, JULY 25:  The Legend of Zelda:  Symphony of the Goddesses-Second Quest with new music and video and The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returns to the Mann by popular demand with an exciting new scenes and music! Expect breathtaking, new visuals exploring additional chapters from the Zelda franchise as well as the beautifully orchestrated four-movement symphony recounting the classic storylines from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.


Produced by Princeton Entertainment


Conductor:Eímear Noone, Irish-born composer/conductor and California resident who is the world’s premier conductor of in-studio and concert hall video game scores.

Tickets:$95, $79.50, $59.50, $35, $19.50 (Terrace/Lawn)



WEDNESDAY, JULY 31:  From Russian Romance to Revolution with The Philadelphia Orchestra

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian Easter Overture

RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring (100 anniversary of the premiere of this masterpiece)


Three Russian titans, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov have created some of the most popular orchestral music of all time. We celebrate the brilliance of master orchestral wizard Rimsky-Korsakov’s iconic Russian Easter Overture, the lush nostalgic romanticism of Rachmaninoff in his Paganini Rhapsody and the savage power of Stravinsky in his earth-shattering Rite of Spring, celebrating the 100th anniversary of its premiere this year.


A perfect concert for Date Night at the Mann!  Bring your date and enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and flower (while supplies last).


Conductor:Kirill Karabits, the dynamic young Ukrainian conductor makes his Mann debut in this concert.

Soloist:Di Wu, Curtis Institute of Music alumnae, on piano

Tickets: $49.50, $25, $17.50, $12.50 (Terrace/Lawn) – Please check for special family pricing.


THURSDAY, AUG. 1: Van Cliburn: A Tribute with The Philadelphia Orchestra

The late American pianist Van Cliburn had a long and cherished relationship with Philadelphia audiences and our great orchestra. We pay tribute to his memory and his musical legacy by presenting the very first orchestra engagement by the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, an event close to Mr. Cliburn’s heart. You’ll be among the first to applaud this new talent after the announcement of the winners in June. Thrill to one of the great Romantic piano concertos and orchestral music beloved by Mr. Cliburn as Cristian Macelaru leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in this special concert.


Conductor:                  Cristian Macelaru

Soloist:                                    2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner -- Vadym Kholodenko   

Tickets:                   $49.50, $25, $17.50, $12.50 (Terrace/Lawn)

                                    Please check for special family pricing.


FRIDAY, AUG. 2:  Michael Feinstein and Friends with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," returns to the Mann with special guests, Christine Ebersole and Betty Buckley.   A spectacular evening of your favorite Broadway music performed by the incomparable Michael Feinstein and accompanied by The Philadelphia Orchestra.


Tickets:                   $59.50, $49.50, $35, $12.50 (Terrace/Lawn)


About the Mann

As one of the most important outdoor music centers in the country, the Mann presents premiere artists in a world-class, entertainment destination in association with AEG Live and Princeton Entertainment.  Each summer season, renowned symphony orchestras, iconic rock stars and the latest touring artists in indie rock, hip hop, R&B and pop take the stage here, and today’s success is a nod to the venue’s storied history.  The Mann has been the summer home of The Philadelphia Orchestra since the 1930s and presented critically acclaimed performers in every decade since then.  Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the Mann hosts more than 170,000 visitors annually.  Signature concert experiences are surrounded by Philadelphia’s stunning skyline and include seats beneath the Mann’s magnificent shed; picnics, blankets and music under the stars on its famous lawn; and dining in Crescendo, the venue’s spectacular tented restaurant.  For more information, visit


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