We pulled some strings and are honored to offer you an exclusive evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This very special BABCPHL Program will include: • A behind the scenes tour of the Kimmel Center; • A meet and greet with musicians; AND • Reserved VIP seating to enjoy a performance of Benjamin Britten’s eloquent “plea for peace”— the Sinfonia da Requiem — originally rejected by the Japanese government and eventually given its premiere in the US in 1940, on the eve of World War II. Inspired by the theater organ in William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon (fictionalized as Xanadu in Citizen Kane), Michael Daugherty’s lush Once Upon a Castle brings out what the composer calls the “Technicolor” nature of the instrument. And what exactly is Elgar's "enigma?" We may never know but we can still enjoy these 14 charming variations on a theme that Elgar composed "to my friends pictured within." British conductor Edward Gardner, chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic and principal conductor designate of the London Philharmonic, makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, and keyboard virtuoso Paul Jacobs returns to the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.