Help The Philadelphia Orchestra Fill Local Food Banks

Second annual food drive, part of the National Orchestras Feeding America Food Drive,
takes place prior to concerts on March 4-6, 11-13, and 16 with proceeds benefiting

Campbell Soup Company will generously match all food donations collected at these

Special $21 ticket offer with donation of food; all patrons who donate food entered to win a
subscription to the Orchestra’s 2010-11 Beyond the Score series.

(Philadelphia, March 3, 2010) — The Philadelphia Orchestra needs your help feeding our hungry
neighbors in the Delaware Valley! As part of the National Orchestras Feeding America Food Drive
2010, the Orchestra will be collecting non-perishable canned goods at the Kimmel Center one hour
prior to the Orchestra’s concerts on March 4-6, 11-13, and 16. All food donations collected at
these performances will be generously matched by the Campbell Soup Company. All food will be
donated to Philabundance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger and malnutrition in
the Delaware Valley. As a special thank you for participating in the 2010 Food Drive, all patrons who
donate food will be entered to win a subscription to the Orchestra’s 2010-11 Beyond the Score

In support of the food drive, The Philadelphia Orchestra is offering $21 tickets to the selected
concerts with a donation of food. These special tickets can only be purchased at the Kimmel Center
Box Office on March 4-6, 11-13, and 16, beginning at 7:00 PM each evening. The donated food
item must be presented at the time of purchase. All tickets are subject to availability.

“With our second annual food drive, The Philadelphia Orchestra strives to fill the shelves of local
food pantries and raise awareness about hunger in our community,” said Philadelphia Orchestra
President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “It is humbling for us all to know that so many of neighbors
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2010 Food Drive Page 2are struggling to feed their families. We are incredibly grateful to Campbell’s Soup for pledging to match one-for-one the donations we collect as part of this food drive. The Orchestra is committed to maintaining and strengthening our relationships with this great community, which has supported us for more than 100 years.”

To date, 128 orchestras are participating in Orchestras Feeding America, and the number of
participants is growing daily. Most orchestras will conduct their food drives during the month of
March, but dates may vary locally. The project is organized by the League of American Orchestras,
which represents the nation’s professional, volunteer, and youth orchestras, and Feeding America’s
network of over 200 food banks and 63,000 agencies. In 2009 250 orchestras in all 50 states
collected more than 200,000 pounds of food.
49.1 million Americans of which 16.7 million were children lived in food insecure households in
2008, according to the most recent USDA study. Each week, approximately 5.7 million people
receive emergency food assistance from an agency served by a Feeding America member. This is a
27 percent increase over numbers reported in Hunger in America 2006, which reported that 4.5
million people were served each week.

About Partners
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple
meals, including soup, baked snacks, and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a
portfolio of market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott’s,” and “V8.”
For more information on the company, visit Campbell’s website at

Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization fighting hunger and malnutrition in
the Delaware Valley. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member
agencies in 9 counties, who serve approximately 900,000 low income residents. Philabundance
provides food to approximately 65,000 people per week, at an aggregate cost of less than 30 cents
per meal. In 2009, Philabundance, distributed 17 million pounds of food in the Delaware Valley. For
more information about Philabundance, call 215-339-0900 or visit

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading
orchestras in the world through a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours,
best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and
outreach. The Orchestra has maintained unity in artistic leadership with only seven music directors
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2010 Food Drive Page 3 throughout its history: Fritz Scheel (1900-07), Carl Pohlig (1907-12), Leopold Stokowski (1912-41), Eugene Ormandy (1936-80), Riccardo Muti (1980-92), Wolfgang Sawallisch (1993-2003), and Christoph Eschenbach (2003-08).

This rich tradition is carried on by Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit. Mr. Dutoit has a long-standing
relationship with the Orchestra, having made his debut with the ensemble in 1980. Highlights of his
second season include performances of Berlioz’s Te Deum and Symphonie fantastique, part of Mr.
Dutoit’s four-year focus on the works of that composer, and a celebration of the 100th anniversary
of Samuel Barber’s birthday. During his tenure, Mr. Dutoit will also showcase the music of the
Ballets Russes, continuing in the 2009-10 season with performances of Stravinsky’s Petrushka and
The Rite of Spring.

The Philadelphia Orchestra annually touches the lives of more than one million music lovers
worldwide through its performances, publications, recordings, and broadcasts. Each year the
Orchestra presents a subscription season in Philadelphia, education and community partnership
programs, regular appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and a three-week tour. Its
summer schedule includes performances at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts, free
Neighborhood Concerts, and residencies at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Saratoga
Performing Arts Center.

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