The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that its 2009-10 season will begin with a gala performance of Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by actor Alec Baldwin. The concert at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be led by Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit; also on the program are Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”). The gala portion of the evening will include dinner and cocktail receptions for benefactors and patrons, as well as a champagne reception for all concert attendees. In addition to maintaining his career as a stage and screen actor, Baldwin is the 2009-10 host of The New York Philharmonic This Week, a year-round nationally broadcast radio series.

Posted August 18, 2009

Photo of Alec Baldwin and Charles Dutoit courtesy Philadelphia Orchestra