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Philadelphia Orchestra Celebrates Opening Night Wednesday

By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s opening night tonight for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s new season of concerts.

Members of the celebrated Philadelphia Orchestra were in their final rehearsal Tuesday afternoon in Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center.

Concertmaster and first-chair violin David Kim says it’s going to be a great night.

“Our opening night performance is going to be all Tchaikovsky. Romeo and Juliet Overture which everybody knows; the Violin Concerto, beloved.”

And, there will be an appearance by virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Kim says the rest of the week, audiences will be in for a familiar treat.

“The Beethoven Symphony No. 9, which everybody knows as the Ode to Joy. We’ve been rehearsing this week. It’s pretty darn thrilling.”

And Kim, who’s marking 15 years with the orchestra, says there are other great performances in the months ahead with the upcoming holiday concerts and presentation of Handel’s Messiah.

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