Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann

The fireworks would have been adequate - no cannon fire was needed to punctuate the "1812 Overture."

Who knew the conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra was such a comedian? Saturday night we enjoyed the music of his ensemble at the Mann Center for Performing Arts. My friends and I dined al fresco on picnic blankets on the lawn as the orchestra tuned up. Come nightfall, we were delighted to such classics as “Flight of the Bumblebee”, “Ride of the Valkyries”, “Waltz of the Flowers” and “The William Tell Overture” (better known to me as a kid ad the Lone Ranger’s theme). There were even fireworks at the concert’s end! Thanks to Amy Tarr for the tickets. Great to hang out with her, Billy Edwards and good ole John Cawley.
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