The Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC


Bring a picnic, the lawn is waiting.

Pack your picnic basket, grab a blanket and chill a bottle of chardonnay. The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to SPAC tonight. They'll be in town for three weeks and as usual, the program is varied, so there's something for hard core classical fans and novices alike. Here's a sample of the program, and some of the stuff they're planning to go with it.

Emerald City Night (August 7th)
Free ice cream, characters from The Wizard of Oz and movie music from Superman to Harry Potter.

Bartok, Beethoven and Brahms Night (August 9th)
Charles Dutoit conducts music from the three B's. Classical fans may be able to tell us why these three are grouped together on one night. We're guessing it's just alliteration.

European Extravaganza night (August 15th)
Features San Saen, Debussy -- and tango lessons!

The Planets Night (August 22nd)
Art meets science. The orchestra will play Debussy's Nocturnes and The Planets by Holst. NASA astronauts will give talks and experts from The Dudley Observatory will point out what's in the night sky. Bring your telescope. Really.

Wondering what to wear? The dress code is pretty much the same as it was for the ballet. Unless you're going on the lawn. Then you may want to opt for jeans, sneakers and mosquito repellent.

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