The Philadelphia Orchestra's annual free neighborhood concerts this year take it to Camden, Chestnut Hill and West Philadelphia.
The orchestra plays Wiggins Park in Camden (Mickle Boulevard at Cooper River) June 2 at 7 p.m. Rossen Milanov will conduct Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. Mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford performs "Full of Hope," a song written by Camden residents in collaboration with orchestra staff.
Chestnut Hill's Pastorius Park (West Abington Avenue and Roanoke Street) hosts the orchestra July 2 at 7 p.m. with Milanov leading the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, plus Ives' Variations on "America."
The concert in Clark Park (43d and Chester), July 21 at 7 p.m., is Spanish-themed (more or less). Milanov conducts Chabrier's España, Bizet's "Suite No. 2" from Carmen, Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol, one of the Danzónes by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, Barber's "Hesitation-tango" from Souvenirs, and the Ravel Boléro.
The orchestra re-established its neighborhood concerts in 2000 as part of its centennial celebration, visiting a dozen or so communities, including Villanova, South Philadelphia, Center City and Upper Darby.
All three concerts are free. Information: 215-893-1988 or www.philorch.org/neighborhood.
- Peter Dobrin