Renée Fleming and Paul Simon Headline Academy of Music Anniversary


Renée Fleming and Paul Simon will join the Philadelphia Orchestra for this winter's Academy of Music Anniversary concert, the Academy announced.
Program details - among them, who will conduct - have not yet been set, said Academy president Joanna McNeil Lewis, but the double-bill is meant to cover both the classical and popular appeal the annual event has traditionally embraced.
Fleming, the highly regarded soprano, has been engaged to sing classical works, though she could also perform a song or two from her crossover repertoire. Simon, the venerable singer-songwriter, is expected to perform his well-known pieces with the orchestra, as the ensemble has done in recent Academy Anniversary concerts with pop singers such as Sting and Billy Joel.
NBC anchor Lester Holt will host.
"Our theme is protecting Philadelphia's cultural treasures," said Lewis. "Our hope is to get Philadelphians aware of the fact that if we don't donate to and volunteer for our nonprofits they're not going to survive. Philadelphia is rich with arts and culture, and we need to protect that."
Amphitheatre tickets for the concert-only portion of the Jan. 29 event, at $185, go on sale Thursday. The Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball is a benefit whose proceeds are split between the orchestra and the 154-year-old venue.