Nice Vibe in North Philadelphia


The Philadelphia Orchestra played Deliverance Evangelistic Church last night as part of its free neighborhood concert series. Turnout wasn't huge - about 1,000, in a church that accommodates 5,000 - but the feeling sure was warm. Orchestra interim leader Frank P. Slattery Jr. offered two free tickets for any subscription concert next season to the first 25 attendees who called his office Monday morning. Here, assistant conductor Danail Rachev leads an ensemble dotted with many substitute players, while mezzo Marietta Simpson pauses between phrases in an excerpt from Bizet's Carmen.