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11:30 AM

Christmas Kids’ Spectacular

11:30 AM, Verizon Hall
Aram Demirjian - Conductor
The Rock School for Dance Education - Dancers
Charlotte Blake Alston - Narrator
Various - Christmas Festival Overture
Korngold - Overture to The Snowman
Rimsky-Korsakov - Polonaise, from Christmas Eve
Tchaikovsky - Selections from The Nutcracker
Bizet - "Farandole," from L'Arlésienne, Suite No. 2
Bass - The Night Before Christmas
Various - A Holly and Jolly Sing-Along
Anderson - Sleigh Ride

It’s the start of the holiday season with The Philadelphia Orchestra! Bring the whole family for a festive celebration of your favorite Christmas songs.

 
8:00 PM

Runnicles Conducts Mozart

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Donald Runnicles - Conductor
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Mozart - Symphony No. 38 ("Prague")
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Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel, Suite for Orchestra
Wagner - Overture to Tannhäuser

Frequent guest Donald Runnicles is an illustrious figure on opera podiums from San Francisco to New York to Berlin. This program highlights his mastery, from the fairy-tale charms of Hansel and Gretel to the powerful mythological romance of Tannhäuser. A renowned symphonic conductor as well, Maestro Runnicles will reveal all the charm and profundity of Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony. We open with Vaughan Williams’s 16th-century retrospective Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, featuring the uniquely lush Philadelphia strings.

 
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7:30 PM

Hilary Hahn Plays Bernstein

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Hilary Hahn - Violin
Adès - Suite from Powder Her Face
Bernstein - Serenade (after Plato's Symposium) for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp, and Percussion
INTERMISSION -
Sibelius - Symphony No. 1

Our tribute to Leonard Bernstein continues with his Serenade—a musical retelling of Plato’s ode to love—written for his friend Isaac Stern and recorded to great critical acclaim by our 2017-18 artist-in-residence, Hilary Hahn, when she was 18, five years after she made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut. Opera Philadelphia received raves when it staged the local premiere of Thomas Adès’s lascivious Powder Her Face in 2013. In this Philadelphia Orchestra co-commission, Yannick leads the first U.S. performances of a suite of music from the ripped-from-the-tabloids opera. Finally, a melancholy clarinet solo heralds the opening of Sibelius’s First Symphony, giving way to an explosion of sound evoking a sparkling Scandinavian panorama.

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8:00 PM

Hilary Hahn Plays Bernstein

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Hilary Hahn - Violin
Adès - Suite from Powder Her Face
Bernstein - Serenade (after Plato's Symposium) for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp, and Percussion
INTERMISSION -
Sibelius - Symphony No. 1

Our tribute to Leonard Bernstein continues with his Serenade—a musical retelling of Plato’s ode to love—written for his friend Isaac Stern and recorded to great critical acclaim by our 2017-18 artist-in-residence, Hilary Hahn, when she was 18, five years after she made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut. Opera Philadelphia received raves when it staged the local premiere of Thomas Adès’s lascivious Powder Her Face in 2013. In this Philadelphia Orchestra co-commission, Yannick leads the first U.S. performances of a suite of music from the ripped-from-the-tabloids opera. Finally, a melancholy clarinet solo heralds the opening of Sibelius’s First Symphony, giving way to an explosion of sound evoking a sparkling Scandinavian panorama.

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2:00 PM

Hilary Hahn Plays Bernstein

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Hilary Hahn - Violin
Adès - Suite from Powder Her Face
Bernstein - Serenade (after Plato's Symposium) for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp, and Percussion
INTERMISSION -
Sibelius - Symphony No. 1

Our tribute to Leonard Bernstein continues with his Serenade—a musical retelling of Plato’s ode to love—written for his friend Isaac Stern and recorded to great critical acclaim by our 2017-18 artist-in-residence, Hilary Hahn, when she was 18, five years after she made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut. Opera Philadelphia received raves when it staged the local premiere of Thomas Adès’s lascivious Powder Her Face in 2013. In this Philadelphia Orchestra co-commission, Yannick leads the first U.S. performances of a suite of music from the ripped-from-the-tabloids opera. Finally, a melancholy clarinet solo heralds the opening of Sibelius’s First Symphony, giving way to an explosion of sound evoking a sparkling Scandinavian panorama.

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7:00 PM

Glorious Sound of Christmas

7:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Bramwell Tovey - Conductor
J'Nai Bridges - Mezzo-soprano
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia - Chorus
Traditional - "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
Mendelssohn - "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing"
Adam - "Oh Holy Night"
Holst - "In the Bleak Midwinter"
Hairston - "Mary's Boy Child"
Niles - "I Wonder as I Wander"
Tovey - "The Rittenhouse Carol"
Rimsky-Korsakov - "Dance of the Tumblers," from The Snow Maiden
Anderson - Sleigh Ride
Traditional - "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
Pierpont - Jingle Bells Overture
MacGimsey - "Sweet Little Jesus Boy"
Traditional - "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen"
Kent - "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
Wade - "O Come, All Ye Faithful"

Fill your holidays with the magical sound of The Philadelphia Orchestra, inspired by the legendary Ormandy / Philadelphia Orchestra recording of the same name from 1962.

 
7:00 PM

Glorious Sound of Christmas

7:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Bramwell Tovey - Conductor
J'Nai Bridges - Mezzo-soprano
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia - Chorus
Traditional - “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Mendelssohn - “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
Adam - “O Holy Night”
Holst - “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Hairston - “Mary's Boy Child”
Niles - “I Wonder as I Wander”
Tovey - “The Rittenhouse Carol”
Rimsky-Korsakov - “Dance of the Tumblers,” from The Snow Maiden
Anderson - Sleigh Ride
Traditional - “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
Pierpont - Jingle Bells Overture
MacGimsey - “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”
Traditional - “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”
Kent - “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
Wade - “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

The wildly popular Bramwell Tovey returns for this holiday tradition, inspired by the legendary Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra recording of the same name from 1962. From the classics to seasonal favorites, Maestro Tovey brings his unique touch, whimsical sense of humor, and flair for the unexpected to the podium. The Fabulous Philadelphians will sound even more glorious than usual. It’s the next best thing to a visit from St. Nicholas!

 
7:00 PM

Glorious Sound of Christmas

7:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Bramwell Tovey - Conductor
J'Nai Bridges - Mezzo-soprano
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia - Chorus
Traditional - “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Mendelssohn - “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
Adam - “O Holy Night”
Holst - “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Hairston - “Mary's Boy Child”
Niles - “I Wonder as I Wander”
Tovey - “The Rittenhouse Carol”
Rimsky-Korsakov - “Dance of the Tumblers,” from The Snow Maiden
Anderson - Sleigh Ride
Traditional - “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
Pierpont - Jingle Bells Overture
MacGimsey - “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”
Traditional - “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”
Kent - “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
Wade - “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

The wildly popular Bramwell Tovey returns for this holiday tradition, inspired by the legendary Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra recording of the same name from 1962. From the classics to seasonal favorites, Maestro Tovey brings his unique touch, whimsical sense of humor, and flair for the unexpected to the podium. The Fabulous Philadelphians will sound even more glorious than usual. It’s the next best thing to a visit from St. Nicholas!

 
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2:00 PM

Glorious Sound of Christmas

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Bramwell Tovey - Conductor
J'Nai Bridges - Mezzo-soprano
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia - Chorus
Traditional - “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Mendelssohn - “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
Adam - “O Holy Night”
Holst - “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Hairston - “Mary's Boy Child”
Niles - “I Wonder as I Wander”
Tovey - “The Rittenhouse Carol”
Rimsky-Korsakov - “Dance of the Tumblers,” from The Snow Maiden
Anderson - Sleigh Ride
Traditional - “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
Pierpont - Jingle Bells Overture
MacGimsey - “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”
Traditional - “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”
Kent - “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
Wade - “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

The wildly popular Bramwell Tovey returns for this holiday tradition, inspired by the legendary Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra recording of the same name from 1962. From the classics to seasonal favorites, Maestro Tovey brings his unique touch, whimsical sense of humor, and flair for the unexpected to the podium. The Fabulous Philadelphians will sound even more glorious than usual. It’s the next best thing to a visit from St. Nicholas!

 
 
 
 
7:00 PM

Messiah

7:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Ekaterina Siurina - Soprano
Jamie Barton - Mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan - Tenor
Mark Stone - Baritone
Philadelphia Symphonic Choir - Chorus
Joe Miller - Director
Handel - Messiah

Since its premiere in Dublin in 1742, Handel’s beloved oratorio has earned all of those standing ovations. With its blend of sophisticated music and deep spirituality, Messiah is the perfect accompaniment to Christmas, and the ideal antidote for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Join Cristian Măcelaru, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, and The Philadelphia Orchestra for these joyful performances. Two nights only!

 
7:00 PM

Messiah

7:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Ekaterina Siurina - Soprano
Jamie Barton - Mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan - Tenor
Mark Stone - Baritone
Philadelphia Symphonic Choir - Chorus
Joe Miller - Director
Handel - Messiah

Since its premiere in Dublin in 1742, Handel’s beloved oratorio has earned all of those standing ovations. With its blend of sophisticated music and deep spirituality, Messiah is the perfect accompaniment to Christmas, and the ideal antidote for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Join Cristian Măcelaru, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, and The Philadelphia Orchestra for these joyful performances. Two nights only!

 
 
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7:30 PM

New Year's Eve

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Stéphane Denève - Conductor

Join the Fabulous Philadelphians and say farewell to 2017 in the city’s best New Year’s Eve celebration!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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