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The 2017-18 season features exceptional artists, phenomenal works, and audience favorite guest conductors all under the artistic leadership of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Season Highlights Include:
“This is one of his greatest masterpieces,” says Yannick about Haydn’s The Seasons. “He put everything he had into that score.” From the first blush of spring to impending winter, Haydn’s exuberant oratorio, written close to the end of his life, encompasses a full year of living: sunrises and sunsets, a thundering storm, the wonder of nature and all the Earth’s creatures, sonorous calls to the hunt, and boisterous drinking songs. Yannick’s mission to bring great choral repertoire to Verizon Hall continues with gusto with what he calls Haydn’s “most touching work: grand scale and very full of life, joy, and hope.”
MacMillan's organ concerto A Scotch Bestiary is a witty musical caricature of the personalities of a menagerie of characters. Yannick leads the Orchestra in a “best of” treasury of Handel's sunny Water Music. Storm clouds gather over the North Sea as we conclude with Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, the most famous of English operas.
Hear! Hear the pipes are calling! These are the first Philadelphia Orchestra performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’s sprightly composition, inspired by the high-spirited Orkney Islands wedding of friends and featuring, yes, a bagpipe solo. First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang is the violin soloist for Bruch’s fantasia of traditional folk songs from the Highlands and beyond. Mendelssohn took a walking tour of Scotland as a young man and returned home with the first strains of his “Scottish” Symphony—one of his most cherished works.
An Irish princess falls in love with the wrong man on her way to be married in Cornwall. The story, steeped in Celtic mythology, is tragic, but Wagner’s score is gorgeous, especially in the hands of Zurich Opera Music Director and frequent collaborator Fabio Luisi. Haydn’s grand “London” Symphony opens our British Isles farewell. When Haydn left Vienna for England, he left behind a promising young pupil, 23-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven, who soon went on to write a few memorable works of his own, including the timeless Piano Concerto No. 3, heard here with legendary soloist Yefim Bronfman.
Joshua Bell first captivated Philadelphia audiences and then the world with his astonishing prowess, on full display in this series of concerts centered on St. Petersburg, Russia. Bell performs Wieniawski’s romantic and Paganini-like Violin Concerto No. 2, premiered while the composer and violinist was living and teaching in St. Petersburg. The Concerto exhibits a glossy nostalgia in stark contrast to Shostakovich’s emotionally charged work dedicated to the same great Russian city. The “Leningrad” Symphony is a vivid depiction of invading armies and the devastating impact of war. Yannick leads the Orchestra for three performances of Shostakovich’s towering masterpiece.
These concerts will be LiveNote enabled.
Joshua Bell first captivated Philadelphia audiences and then the world with his astonishing prowess, on full display in this series of concerts centered on St. Petersburg, Russia. Bell performs Wieniawski’s romantic and Paganini-like Violin Concerto No. 2, premiered while the composer and violinist was living and teaching in St. Petersburg. Cristian Măcelaru guest conducts, pairing Bell and Wieniawski with Dvořák’s euphoric Symphony No. 8 and Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3.
These concerts will be LiveNote enabled.
Yannick, Daniil Trifonov, and The Philadelphia Orchestra: It’s a dream team of Rachmaninoff specialists. Following the Grammy-nominated Deutsche Grammophon recording Rachmaninoff Variations and Trifonov’s critically acclaimed subscription debut performing the Piano Concerto No. 4, the young Russian superstar returns to perform and record live the composer’s gorgeous and popular Second and Third concertos. Come twice to hear both masterpieces paired with Bartók’s most famous work, which gives each section of the orchestra a turn in the spotlight. Plus, be a part of a Philadelphia Orchestra live recording!