World-renowned singer/composer/actor Sting will headline the spectacular Academy of Music 153rd Anniversary Concert on Saturday, January 30, 2010, in performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra and his own quartet of outstanding jazz/pop/rock musicians, conducted by David Hartley. The classical portion of the program will showcase Rafael FrÃ¼hbeck de Burgos, chief conductor and artistic director of the Dresden Philharmonic, leading The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of masterpieces featuring guest tenor Juan Diego FlÃ³rez, a thrilling performer famous for his high Câ€™s. The Academy Ball, chaired by Mrs. Fred L. Hudson III and Mr. Joseph A. Frick, immediately follows at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.
The Academy of Music continues its tradition of presenting popular music in grand fashion. Sting will be backed by the Fabulous Philadelphians and a quartet comprised of Dominic Miller on guitar, David Sancious on piano, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and Christian McBride on bass, performing notable songs from the Police repertoire and Stingâ€™s solo career, in original orchestrations. Esteemed bel canto tenor Juan Diego FlÃ³rez, a Peruvian native known for his expressive, effortless, and virtuoso singing, will perform a selection of beloved arias under the baton of Maestro FrÃ¼hbeck, who leads The Philadelphia Orchestra for the concertâ€™s first half on the same stage where he made his North American debut 40 years ago. (In February 2010, Juan Diego FlÃ³rez reprises his headline-grabbing Metropolitan Opera performance as Tonio in La Fille du RÃ©giment.) For the fourth consecutive year, the concert is being created and produced by Wayne Baruch and Charles F. Gayton.
The theme of this yearâ€™s event is â€œBeautiful Spaces, Fabulous Places,â€ a testimony to all of the remarkable Philadelphia landmarks and the wonderful supporters who grace their presence. The concert will begin with musical arts students from the Philadelphia area performing a musical salute to the newly restored Academy Ballroom. The restoration of the Academy of Musicâ€™s magnificent chandelier and the renovation of the Ballroom back to its original splendor add tremendous meaning to the incredible â€œspacesâ€ the Academy of Music offers the cultural landscape.
Dinner and Ball
The gala champagne dinner and ball at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue hotel follows the concert. Eight dance orchestras will be located throughout the facility. The gala is being chaired by Mrs. Fred L. Hudson III and Mr. Joseph A. Frick. For gala information, call the Academy of Music Restoration Fund Office at 215.893.1940.
This concert and ball are sponsored by CIGNA, Joe and Amy Frick, Ambassador David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo, Independence Blue Cross, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, PNC, and Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company.
History of the Academy of Music and the Anniversary Concert and Ball
This yearâ€™s annual January gala is the 53rd to benefit the restoration fund for the Academy of Music, a National Historic Landmark and home to The Philadelphia Orchestra for more than a century, from the ensembleâ€™s founding in 1900 to the opening of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in 2001. The first Anniversary Concert and Ball took place on January 26, 1957, and celebrated the Centennial Jubilee of the Academy of Music. Chaired by Mr. G. Stockton Strawbridge, with Mrs. Francis Boyer as program book chairman, the event showcased a star-studded line-up in which Eugene Ormandy shared his podium with Danny Kaye. Guest performers included classical artists Marian Anderson, Hilde Gueden, Arthur Rubinstein and Isaac Stern, and popular singer Dinah Shore.
More About the Artists and Event
For full biographical information on Sting, Rafael FrÃ¼hbeck de Burgos, Juan Diego FlÃ³rez, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, access the pdf document here.
ACADEMY OF MUSIC 153rd ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
January 30, 2010, at 7:30 PM â€“ Saturday evening â€“ Academy of Music
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Rafael FrÃ¼hbeck de Burgos, conductor
Juan Diego FlÃ³rez, tenor
With special guest Sting
David Hartley, conductor
Dominic Miller, guitar
David Sancious, piano
Christian McBride, bass
Vinnie Colaiuta, drums
Concert Program includes:
Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Donizetti: â€œAh! mes amis,â€ from The Daughter of the Regiment
Donizetti: â€œUna furtive lagrima,â€ from The Elixir of Love
GimÃ©nez: Intermezzo, from The Wedding of Luis Alonso