Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Conductor Sir Neville Marriner to Debut at the Kimmel Center with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Pianist Yuja Wang, April 9
March 19, 2008

Kimmel Center Presents 2007/08 Season Sponsored by Citi

Performance Features Pianist Yuja Wang

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields will perform under the baton of founder and conductor Sir Neville Marriner with pianist Yuja Wang at the Kimmel Center on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 8pm in Verizon Hall. Sir Neville will make his debut at the Kimmel Center, replacing conductor Murray Perahia who regrettably had to cancel his participation in the tour due to a skin infection for which he has been treated. Sir Neville founded the Academy in 1958, which has grown to become the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, known for the award winning soundtrack to the film Amadeus. Special guest pianist Yuja Wang currently studies under Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music and is a 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award winner. Their program will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297 "Paris" and Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491; Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 10 in B Minor and Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D Major "London."

"The arrival of Chinese-born pianist Yuja Wang on the musical scene is an exhilarating and unnerving development. To listen to her in action is to re-examine whatever assumptions you may have had about how well the piano can actually be played."San Francisco Chronicle

This concert is the third concert in the Great Orchestras on Tour Series scheduled for the Kimmel Center Presents 2007/2008 season. The next concert in the series will be Orchestre Nationale de France on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 8pm.

Tickets for Academy of St. Martin in the Fields are $33, $46, $54, $66, $88 and $100 and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center box office open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings. (Additional fees may apply.) For group sales call 215-790-5883.

A limited number of $10 tickets are available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance at the Kimmel Center. Tickets go on sale the day of the event and can be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office beginning 2.5 hours prior to curtain time and 11:30am for matinees. Limit one ticket per person.

Now in its 50th season, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields has become one of the world’s most famous chamber orchestras. The orchestra was founded by Sir Neville Marriner as a small chamber ensemble in 1958, but has since expanded to include winds and a repertoire ranging from the Baroque to contemporary works. Renowned for its recordings of Mozart with Sir Neville, the orchestra now boasts a record-breaking discography with more than 500 entries, including the multi-award winning soundtracks for the films Amadeus, The English Patient and Titanic, making it the most recorded orchestra in the world. In 2002, the Academy received a Grammy® Award for its recording of Brahms and Stravinsky violin concertos with Hilary Hahn. Alongside its performances with Sir Neville and Director Kenneth Sillito, the Academy now collaborates with a number of guest directors, including Murray Perahia, Iona Brown, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Anthony Marwood, Julia Fischer and Julian Rachlin.

Sir Neville Marriner founded the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 1958 as a small orchestra focusing on repertoire from the Baroque era. He has continued developing and expanding the size and repertoire of the orchestra as well as recording a diverse range of works from Baroque to 20th century British music and opera. Having launched his illustrious musical career as a violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra, he has since founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1969 and held positions as musical director and principal conductor of both the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Sudwest Deutsche Radio Orchestra in Germany throughout the 1980s. Sir Neville continues to work consistently with major orchestras throughout the world, including those in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Milan, Athens, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo.

At age 21, Chinese pianist Yuja Wang has garnered international acclaim in performances with the China Philharmonic; the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; the Swedish Radio Orchestra; and the Baltimore, Grand Rapids and Boston Symphony Orchestras. She first entered the spotlight in 2005 in a performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has since performed with the world’s leading orchestras and at festivals worldwide, including Vail Festival in 2006 and the St. Petersburg Winter Arts Festival in 2007. In summer 2008 she will make her debut at the Verbier and Saratoga festivals. Born in Beijing, Wang began playing the piano at the age of six under the instruction of Professors Ling Yuan abd Zhou Guangren. She moved to the United States at 15 to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, where she is currently in her final year. Wang has appeared for Kimmel Center Presents twice before: last season as part of the Gary Graffman tribute concert in honor of her teacher and in 2004 as soloist with the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kimmel Center Presents 2007/2008 season is sponsored by Citi. The Great Orchestra Series is supported by ARC Wheeler. Support for the Mellon Jazz Series comes from The Bank of New York Mellon. Additional support is provided by the University of Pennsylvania Health System and American Express. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Kimmel Center Presents. Toyota is the Official Vehicle of Kimmel Center Presents Mellon Jazz, Mellon Jazz Up Close and World & Pop.

The Kimmel Center also receives support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The William Penn Foundation, The Wachovia Foundation, Verizon Foundation, PNC Foundation, The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the Philadelphia Music Project and Dance Advance, Initiatives of The Pew Charitable Trust administered by The University of the Arts. In-kind support is generously provided by Deloitte. NBC-10 is a Media Partner for Kimmel Center Presents, and additional media sponsors include WDAS, WRTI, WJJZ, Afro-Pop, WXPN and WXPN's Kids Corner 20th Anniversary.

Free in the Plaza programming and subsidized tickets offered to the community and social service groups for $10 are made possible through the Wachovia Gateway to the Arts Community Access Program, supported by a generous grant from Wachovia Foundation.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008 | 8pm
Verizon Hall
Great Orchestras on Tour

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Sir Neville Marriner, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

MOZART: Symphony No. 31 in D Major "Paris"
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 10 in B Minor
HAYDN: Symphony No. 104 in D Major "London"


Wednesday, April 9, 2008 | 6:15pm
Commonwealth Plaza Stage
American Composers Forum: Philadelphia Chapter
The Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum have teamed up to present some of the most cutting-edge composers in the region. Composers and programs TBA.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 | Post-show
Verizon Hall
Organ Postlude with Rudy Lucente
Join us as organist Rudy Lucente performs on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ following the ticketed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields performance in Verizon Hall.

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