By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For the first time ever, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia will collaborate on a production which will be presented in 2014.

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The announcement was made on Monday at the Kimmel Center where the performance will take place in May, 2014. Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin says this is a major undertaking for the city.

“It’s very important in a city which is so proud of it’s arts organizations that the leaders collaborate,” says Nezet-Seguin, “and decide to design and dream events that will not only fulfill the Philadelphians dreams but also hopefully attract audiences from everywhere on the national and international basis.”

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The Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia will perform “Salome” by Richard Strauss. The opera tells the biblical story about John The Baptist, King Herod and Herod’s stepdaughter Alome.

Opera Philadelphia has also teamed up in recent productions with the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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