Michigan Philharmonic chosen to represent Michigan in special United Symphonies of America! concert
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Free online performance will feature videos from 50 symphonies

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Michimich -- The Michigan Philharmonic has been chosen to represent Michigan in the first-ever national United Symphonies of America! "edutainment" event, scheduled for Sept. 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The one-hour online program will involve only one orchestra from each U.S. state, and interweave musical entertainment with information about how symphony orchestras enrich local communities. Viewers can go to https://unitedsymphonies.com to experience the Philharmonic's performance.

According to United Symphonies of America! co-founder Jonathan McPhee, the first-of-its-kind collaborative program has been designed to meet multiple challenges faced by community orchestras emerging from the pandemic.

"Post-pandemic, the nation's professional orchestras are facing challenges related to audience development, resource development, and the ongoing effort to be diverse and inclusive," McPhee said. "The United Symphonies of America! project is designed to help orchestras meet these challenges, and showcase the wonderful contributions they make throughout the nation."

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The project will shine a light on the participating orchestras' community impact programs, featuring as classical and pops performances, Nutcracker events with local ballet companies, educational programs aimed at school children, and collaborative initiatives with galleries, museums and universities.

"We are thrilled to have been selected to represent Michigan," said Beth Stewart, executive director the Michigan Philharmonic. "This unique event will showcase us in a special way and we want to encourage everyone who loves our orchestra to tune in on September 30 for a fun way to support us."

Free of charge to everyone tuning in, organizers are hopeful that viewers will be inspired to support their local orchestras by making donations or buying tickets to the Philharmonic's upcoming 76th season that begins a few days later on Saturday. Oct. 2.

About the Michigan Philharmonic: Getting ready to celebrate its 76th season this fall, the Michigan Philharmonic – (or "Michigan Phil") – is one of the most innovative and dynamic professional orchestras in Southeast Michigan. Nan Washburn, Music Director & Conductor since 1999, has won 19 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music from the League of American Orchestras.  In 2019 the Michigan Philharmonic was awarded Second Place in the American Prize for Professional Orchestras.  The orchestra performs in an ever-expanding roster of Michigan communities; including Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Livonia, Brighton, Downtown Detroit, and many others. The Michigan Phil is committed to reaching out to a broad and diverse array of audiences and providing enjoyable cultural and social experiences, while encouraging anyone who loves live music events to "Spend the night with Michigan Phil."

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For tickets and more information, please visit www.michiganphil.org or call (734) 451-2112.



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