On May 15th, Mrs. Sharon Jacob hosted the annual fundraiser for the Philharmonia Foundation, the American non-profit of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, in support of the Philharmonia’s upcoming Let Freedom Ring concert series. Guests were treated to a specially curated musical performance by members of the Philharmonia at Mrs. Jacob’s home, featuring the music of George Walker, George Gershwin, Jessie Montgomery, and Duke Ellington.
Matthew Hurlock, President of the Philharmonia Foundation, and Thorben Dittes, Chief Executive of the Philharmonia Orchestra, spoke.
The Philharmonia Foundation supports the Philharmonia Orchestra, a world-class British Symphony orchestra led by Principal Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, on its tours of the US and ambitious music performance and education programs around the world. Sir John-Eliot Gardiner is Principal Guest Conductor Emeritus and Marin Alsop is Principal Guest Conductor.
The Philharmonia’s landmark concert series in London this fall, Let Freedom Ring, celebrates the diversity of the American artists whose music has shaped their nation’s identity: the songs of enslaved people that gave birth to the Blues and paved the way for jazz; the folk music of countless immigrants; the melodies of musical theatre and the classical tradition.The series, supported by the Philharmonia Foundation, includes free performances, live concert experiences for children and events with leading lights of American music, including Marin Alsop, Ravi Coltrane, and Esperanza Spalding.