Philadelphia Orchestra to host Hugh Jackman for annual gala

    Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman will headline the Academy of Music 156th Anniversary Concert and Ball with the new Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

    Jackman is an accomplished actor of stage and screen, and has just put another musical feather in this cap with the completion of a new adaptation of Les Misérables. 

    The Jan. 26 gala is billed as a celebration of histroy and a nod to new beginnings, featuring the a program of popular and classical programming, Broadway favorites and orchestral works.

    This is the first orchestra season in Philadelphia for Nézet-Séguin. Observers are expecting the dynamic and renowned young conductor to breathe some new life into an orchestra that has found itself struggling in recent years.

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    Concert and Ball Gala tickets are available online starting Oct. 17 at www.philorch.org/156Ball or by calling the Academy of Music Restoration Fund Office at 215.893.1978.

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