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8:00 PM

Free College Concert

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique

 

Every year a free concert just for college students kicks off The Philadelphia Orchestra's eZseatU program, where thousands of students fill Verizon Hall to experience the famous Philadelphia Sound. A post-concert party in the Kimmel Center lobby with free food and more live music completes this festive night! 
 
Must have a full-time valid college student ID to attend. Seating is general admission and is first-come, first-serve and tickets do not guarantee entry. 

 

The eZseatU program is funded in part by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation and an anonymous donor.

 
8:00 PM

Yannick and Yuja Open the Season

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Yuja Wang - piano
Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2
INTERMISSION
Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique

Yannick launches his fifth season with high-powered passion, joined by the Philadelphia favorite Yuja Wang. “I need to perform to feel alive,” says the Chinese-born and Curtis-trained pianist, who performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The “poet of the piano” wrote just two piano concertos; this is actually the first composed, its gorgeous melodies written when he was just 19 years old and on the verge of abandoning Poland for Paris. (Hear the First Concerto January 19-21, 2017.) Programs inspired by Paris are sprinkled throughout the season, beginning with this journey to the City of Light in pursuit of Berlioz’s unrequited love: actress Harriet Smithson. The composer’s obsession with her inspired the Symphonie fantastique—and most likely drove Berlioz to opium and madness—but the electrifying result showcases the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra in spectacular fashion.

This concert is LiveNote™ enabled.

 
2:00 PM

Yannick and Yuja Open the Season

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Yuja Wang - piano
Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2
INTERMISSION
Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique

Yannick launches his fifth season with high-powered passion, joined by the Philadelphia favorite Yuja Wang. “I need to perform to feel alive,” says the Chinese-born and Curtis-trained pianist, who performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The “poet of the piano” wrote just two piano concertos; this is actually the first composed, its gorgeous melodies written when he was just 19 years old and on the verge of abandoning Poland for Paris. (Hear the First Concerto January 19-21, 2017.) Programs inspired by Paris are sprinkled throughout the season, beginning with this journey to the City of Light in pursuit of Berlioz’s unrequited love: actress Harriet Smithson. The composer’s obsession with her inspired the Symphonie fantastique—and most likely drove Berlioz to opium and madness—but the electrifying result showcases the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra in spectacular fashion.

This concert is LiveNote™ enabled.

 
8:00 PM

Yannick and Yuja Open the Season

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Yuja Wang - piano
Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2
INTERMISSION
Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique

Yannick launches his fifth season with high-powered passion, joined by the Philadelphia favorite Yuja Wang. “I need to perform to feel alive,” says the Chinese-born and Curtis-trained pianist, who performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The “poet of the piano” wrote just two piano concertos; this is actually the first composed, its gorgeous melodies written when he was just 19 years old and on the verge of abandoning Poland for Paris. (Hear the First Concerto January 19-21, 2017.) Programs inspired by Paris are sprinkled throughout the season, beginning with this journey to the City of Light in pursuit of Berlioz’s unrequited love: actress Harriet Smithson. The composer’s obsession with her inspired the Symphonie fantastique—and most likely drove Berlioz to opium and madness—but the electrifying result showcases the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra in spectacular fashion.

This concert is LiveNote™ enabled.

 
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8:00 PM

Mozart's Great Mass

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Lucy Crowe - Soprano
Kate Lindsey - Mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan - Tenor
Philippe Sly - Bass-baritone
The Westminster Symphonic Choir - Mixed chorus
Joe Miller - Director
Theofanidis - Rainbow Body
Schubert - Symphony in B minor ("Unfinished")
INTERMISSION
Mozart - Mass in C minor

These beautiful works are all fragments (or based on them), yet are no less stunning as a result. American composer Christopher Theofanidis weaves his Rainbow Body from selections of the music of medieval abbess and mystic Hildegard von Bingen. Schubert’s Symphony in B minor, perhaps the most famous unfinished work of all time, has lived in the hearts of music lovers ever since its premiere in 1865. With Mozart’s C-minor Mass, Yannick continues his exploration of the great choral works. Though incomplete when Mozart died, the Mass brilliantly displays the composer’s passion, giving us what Yannick calls “some of his most profound music.” The Westminster Symphonic Choir helps bring it to glorious life.

 
7:00 PM

Opening Night

7:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Bernstein - Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Gershwin - An American in Paris
Ravel - Rapsodie espagnole
Respighi - The Pines of Rome

Another extraordinary season of music-making, led by our remarkable music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and featuring an incredible roster of special guest artists, internationally renowned conductors, and our own Fabulous Philadelphians, is about to begin.

Join us as we kick off the new cultural year at the 2016 Opening Night Concert and Gala, launching our 117th season in grand style! Experience the legendary Philadelphia Sound as friends, musicians, and leaders from throughout Philadelphia’s cultural community gather to celebrate the beginning of another marvelous year of performances. An unforgettable evening of great music, glamour, black tie, high couture, delicious food, and champagne awaits.

Opening Night Co-Chairs Dianne Rotwitt and Gary A. Frank, Chairman of the Board Richard B. Worley, and Volunteer Association President Lisa Yakulis look forward to welcoming you to this special evening.

Call Dorothy Byrne in the Volunteer Relations Office at 215.893.1956, or e-mail dbyrne@philorch.org to make sure you are on the invitation list.

Concert-only tickets for the evening are also available—simply add them to your subscription.

 
 

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