“It’s the most exciting concert of my career so far. It’s just an unbelievable opportunity!”
StéphaneTétreault is thrilled to be performing for the very first time with The Philadelphia Orchestra (in Verizon Hall, October 7 and 8, 8 PM). And the fact that this incredibly young (he’s 23) French Canadian phenomenon will be playing the Saint-Saëns First Cello Concerto only adds to his excitement.
Perhaps you saw the article in the New York Times last March under the provocative headline “Have We Been Playing Gershwin Wrong for 70 Years?” It’s about his beloved An American in Paris, a symphonic tone poem that features the distinctive sounds of French taxi horns and which will be performed on The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Opening Night Concert September 30.
It’s not every day that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney declares a Mongolia-Philadelphia Friendship Day. Then again, it’s not every day that the President of Mongolia, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, visits Philadelphia at the invitation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
This Thursday Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin begins his fifth subscription season on the podium with an outstanding program, and an outstanding star: pianist Yuja Wang. The Curtis-trained Philadelphia favorite is sure to delight with Chopin’s exquisite Piano Concerto No. 2, a staple of the repertoire she’ll bring to life with her boundless energy and scintillating technique.
Audiences at Philadelphia Orchestra concerts this fall will see three new faces onstage: Associate Principal Cello Priscilla Lee, clarinetist Socrates Villegas, and Angela Bilger, who joins the ensemble for a one-year appointment as acting fourth horn.
When The Philadelphia Orchestra announced in 2010 that it had named a 35-year-old French Canadian with relatively little name recognition in the United States as its new music director, the world could not have anticipated the extent to which this podium dynamo would vitalize the Orchestra and transform the very nature of a music director’s relationship to his or her community.
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 50th anniversary celebration culminated with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s third residency week under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Special guest artists included pianist Lukáš Vondráček making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut (August 17); legendary soprano Renée Fleming making her SPAC debut (August 18); and cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han—the co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center—alongside violinist Benjamin Beilman (August 20).
The Philadelphia Orchestra kicked off the second week of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center residency with a program celebrating the history of the Saratoga Race Track and the majestic horse, on August 10.
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