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Philadelphia Orchestra To Host Free Pop-up Concert Wednesday Night

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Orchestra is jumping on the “pop-up” trend Wednesday night with a free concert at the Kimmel Center.

Though originally scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night concert, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will instead lead the orchestra at Verizon Hall.

But the pop-up performance is more than just a concert. It will also include a pre-show “Conduct the PO” event in Commonwealth Plaza that will give Philadelphians a chance to try conducting a group of the orchestra’s musicians. One person will be chosen to conduct the group onstage during the concert.

There are other interactive aspects of the spontaneous performance as well. Concert-goers can pick one of the pieces to be performed, and following the performance, Nézet-Séguin will sign copies of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s new CD, featuring Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”

While the concert begins at 6:30 p.m., the pre-show activities start in the lobby at 5:30. Both Orchestra members and members of the audience are encouraged to dress casually for the family-friendly concert.

For more information on the free pop-up, visit: www.philorch.org.

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