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05.08.2012

POP Performs With the Philadelphia Wind Symphony

For its final performance of the season, the Philadelphia Wind Symphony presents a program of Visions.  Featuring the music of heralded band composers Frank Ticheli, John Mackey, and Robert Russell Bennett, this program explores visions of day and night, good and evil, and of American pastimes, old and new. Joining the wind symphony for Ticheli’s Angels in the Architecture is University of the Arts soprano Calli Graver. The concert also features a side-by-side performance of James Curnow’s Fanfares and Flourishes 2, with students from the ground-breaking music education program Play On, Philly! Together this collaboration represents the realization of two visions for new approaches to celebrating and sharing music in Philadelphia.

Play On, Philly! (POP) is an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music. Inspired by the social development and music education program of Venezuela, El Sistema, POP seeks to enrich the lives of Philadelphia youth by providing daily musical instruction in communities that have little access to music education.

Lead by Virginia Allen, the Philadelphia Wind Symphony is a volunteer ensemble of semi-professional players, music teachers, arts administrators, and music lovers. Their goal is to engage the community by bringing the best literature and performances of the band and wind ensemble tradition to Center City Philadelphia.

For more information about the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, please visit their website.

Concert Venue:
Levitt Auditorium, at Gershman Hall
University of the Arts
401 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

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