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Yannick Nezet-Seguin Extends Tenure as Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra through 2021-2022 Season

Yannick Nezet-Seguin Extends Tenure as Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra through 2021-2022 Season

Philadelphia Orchestra Association Simultaneously Renews Chairman Richard B. Worley and President & CEO Allison Vulgamore

Miller-Worley Foundation Pledges $10-Million Gift to Orchestra

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Philadelphia Orchestra today announces that Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin extends his tenure with the Orchestra through the 2021-22 season, his first contract renewal since beginning his tenure as the Orchestra's eighth music director in September 2012.

Nezet-Seguin commented: "The warm embrace of The Philadelphia Orchestra and its audiences has been humbling and exhilarating since I made my debut in 2008. Knowing that this love affair with the Orchestra and the City of Philadelphia will continue is an immense joy. I believe what we are doing artistically is so important, and it's having a big impact on this community. But to do this work takes time, so I am thrilled that I will continue here as music director for at least another five years. Our work together is in many ways really just beginning, and now being able to settle in and think and plan long-term is really wonderful. And it is all the more gratifying that my close collaborations with both Rich and Allison will also continue."

Simultaneously, the Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has renewed Chairman Richard B. Worley and President and CEO Allison Vulgamore, ensuring that the collective mission and vision established by the leadership triumvirate will continue to steward The Philadelphia Orchestra's artistic growth and financial stability.

The Orchestra further announced today a remarkable gift from the Miller-Worley Foundation of $10 million. The lead gift, given by Leslie Anne Miller and Richard Worley through their foundation, will floor the Orchestra's Comprehensive Campaign.

Heralded for inspiring and revitalizing the Orchestra in his early tenure, Yannick Nezet-Seguin has developed a deep connection with the musicians of the ensemble that has resulted in thrilling performances. He has brought fresh inspiration to the repertoire, created new access points for community members of all backgrounds, and built audiences by transforming the concert experience. Under his leadership the Orchestra has presented over 50 world, U.S., or Philadelphia Orchestra premieres, partnered with Opera Philadelphia for groundbreaking performances of Strauss's Salome, celebrated the Kimmel Center's Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ with an Art of the Pipe Organ festival, launched a five-year requiem cycle, honored former Music Director Leopold Stokowski with a Centenary Celebration, and in the 2015-16 season will mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. premiere of Mahler's Eight Symphony, given by The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Stokowski. Nezet-Seguin will conduct the Orchestra in 18 weeks annually, 16 weeks during the main season and on tour and two weeks in its summer homes.

"I am extraordinarily honored and humbled to continue in a leadership role with The Philadelphia Orchestra and to do so alongside Yannick and Allison is a privilege beyond compare," said Richard Worley. "The Board's validation of our work strengthens our resolve to advance the Orchestra's global stature while bolstering our commitment to the City of Philadelphia. Leslie and I wanted to continue our support with this gift, and offer it as further incentive for others to join us in underpinning the success of this vibrant orchestra we so love."

"I am honored to continue to serve this gifted organization, its leadership and the worldwide community of our Orchestra's fans and supporters," said Vulgamore. "Working alongside of our extraordinary musicians, Rich, Yannick, and I have been able to not only sustain, but build on the legacy and tradition that is soul of The Philadelphia Orchestra. With creativity driving us forward, we seek to strengthen and support our initiatives to date, and soar into the next phase of imaginative offerings for our ever expanding audiences.

"As we celebrate the extension of his contract and our continuing collaboration, I speak on behalf of all my distinguished colleagues in expressing heartfelt congratulations and thanks to Yannick Nezet-Seguin," said Concertmaster David Kim. "Yannick is one of the world's most profound, dynamic, and sought-after maestros. We look forward to many years of triumphant concerts on stages here at home and around the world."

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Nearly 60,000 Fans Witness Epic 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

Nearly 60,000 Fans Witness Epic 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

First-ever Honda Power of Dreams Award honoree's lifelong dedication to serving HBCU students is rewarded with on-field surprise: a 2015 Honda CR-V

ATLANTA, Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 60,000 fans packed the Georgia Dome to watch top marching bands from America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) rock the house at the 13(th) annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on Jan. 24, 2015.

Watch the 2015 Invitational Showcase sizzle reel here:

Highlights from this year's Invitational Showcase include:

-- More than 2,100 student musicians took to the field for a memorable mass
band performance.
-- The Marching Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University performed at a
record tenth straight Invitational Showcase; the Howard University
Showtime Marching Band and Talladega College Marching Tornado Band
performed for the first time.
-- Tens of thousands of fan-produced social media posts using "#HBOB"
helped spread the message around the world.
-- Ms. Audrey Stradford was named the first-ever Honda Power of Dreams
Award honoree for her lifelong dedication to serving HBCU students and
the Tennessee State University community, and was awarded a brand new
2015 Honda CRV on the field.
-- Honda provided more than $200,000 in grants to participating HBCUs
during the program period in support of music education.
-- The 2015 theme, "March On," encouraged student musicians and fans to
follow their dreams despite whatever obstacles they may face.
-- Fans were treated to an unforgettable performance by hip-hop legends
Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick, and a heartwarming rendition of the
national anthem by actress and singer Demetria McKinney.
"Honda congratulates the bands that participated in this year's Invitational Showcase, and thanks all of the schools, students, alumni and fans who joined us to celebrate these amazing student musicians," said Stephan Morikawa, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Community Relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Honda is proud that the Invitational Showcase truly helped students realize what Honda calls The Power of Dreams."

The following eight bands performed at the 13th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase. Each band received a $20,000 grant from Honda for their school's music education program:

-- Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic
-- Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic
-- Howard University, Showtime Marching Band (Mid-Eastern Athletic
-- Jackson State University, Sonic Boom of the South (Southwestern Athletic
-- North Carolina A&T University, Blue and Gold Marching Machine
(Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
-- Southern University, Human Jukebox (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
-- Talladega College, Marching Tornado Band (Gulf Coast Athletic
-- Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Conference)
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Tune-in March 21-25, 2015 as Honda hosts the 26th installment of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) Nationals in Torrance, CA. HCASC is a unique academic competition that celebrates, supports and recognizes academic excellence at HBCUs. Since 1989, Honda has touched more than 100,000 students through HCASC. Learn more at

Connect with Honda Battle of the Bands on Social Media

For highlights, connect with Honda Battle of the Bands on social media using #HBOB.

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About Honda

Honda's long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) began more than 25 years ago with the establishment of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. American Honda began its support of Honda Battle of the Bands more than 13 years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.

Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future for society. Honda is also committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, to socially responsible business practices and to the promotion of diversity in its workforce. From our involvement in STEM education and HBCUs to our support of pediatric brain tumor research, and support of volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to communities where it does business. Find out more at

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