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.

    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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