Friday, March 30, 2018 André Raphel To Conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra Summer 2018

André Raphel
(Derek Brad)

March 29, 2018

André Raphel returns to the Mann Center of the Performing Arts to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in "A Night of Gershwin" on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 8pm. The All-Gershwin program will include the Cuban Overture, the Piano Concerto in F with Curtis pianist Micah McLaurin, making his Mann Center debut, Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture and also An American in Paris. The concert is the closing of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Mann Center Residency. It will be a return appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra for Raphel who last conducted the Orchestra in 2014 and is a Curtis Institute alumnus.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1898, Gershwin was one of the first American composers to bring jazz and Broadway into the concert halls and opera houses. This program pays tribute to his legacy from An American in Paris to his Concerto in F to his operatic masterpiece, Porgy and Bess.

Tickets are priced at $20 to $65 and available now via (800) 745-3000, or at the Mann Box Office. The doors open at 6pm with an 8pm curtain. The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is located in West Fairmount Park at 5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia and is easily accessible by public transportation, care, rideshare or bike.

About André Raphel
A dynamic and versatile conductor hailed for his profound musical performances, André Raphel is renowned for his technical brilliance. An adventurous programmer, he has also developed a reputation as an orchestra builder. In his fifteenth season as Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, he has led the orchestra in critically acclaimed festivals, world premieres and commissioned works by composers including Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Jennifer Higdon, Avner Dorman and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Raphel enjoys an active career as guest conductor. In recent seasons he has appeared with the San Antonio Symphony, Toledo Symphony and made his Los Angeles debut conducting at the gala opening of the Broad Museum. He returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra to conduct the world premiere of Uri Caine's Passion of Octavius Catto. Raphel has led the Bamberg Symphony in two recordings for Bayerischer Rundfunk. He has appeared with most of the major American orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

André Raphel made his European debut with the Neubrandenburger Philarmonie, and has also led the Moravska Philharmonie. In the United States he has appeared with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Seattle, the National Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra among others. He made his Carnegie Hall debut leading Robert Shaw and the Orchestra of St. Luke's in a concert celebrating the centennial of legendary mezzo-soprano Marian Anderson. Raphel's international engagements have further included appearances with the Auckland Philharmonia, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Columbia and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica.< 

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