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Ever the champion of music of living composers, Stéphane Denève kicks off a year-long exploration of his fellow Frenchman Guillaume Connesson, whose Maslenitsa, the first of three of his dynamic works to be heard this season, is inspired by a Russian pre-Lenten festival. The world is coming to recognize Connesson’s uniquely vibrant work as he emerges as one of the most exciting new voices in the classical music world, winning international awards and incredible acclaim. Audience favorite Gil Shaham returns to Verizon Hall with Tchaikovsky’s monumental Violin Concerto. Beloved ballet music rounds out the program: Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (a scandal when Nijinsky danced to it in 1912) and Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous Suite from his Sleeping Beauty.
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“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.”
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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.
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla has taken the symphonic world by storm; she was just 29 years old when she became music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony in 2016. (The Guardian: Her “combination of precision, poise and power is remarkable.”) Hear what all the well-deserved excitement is about as she makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut. Pianist Menahem Pressler also made an important debut here in Philadelphia: After fleeing Nazi Germany with his family, he gave his first American performances with Eugene Ormandy in 1947 at the age of 23. In the 70 years since, he’s toured the world as a leading soloist and founder of the revered Beaux Arts Trio. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is based on one of his own songs, an ethereal depiction of a child’s vision of paradise. Heavenly!
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts his own thought-provoking meditation on civilizations and destiny. This work is presented in a uniquely theatrical style with a jazz band, lead singer, and two back-up vocalists. Soprano Measha Brueggergosman, who sang the world premiere, is our soloist. Inspired by American poet Carl Sandburg’s text, his words are as relevant today as when they were written almost 100 years ago. Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony shares a similar contrast of hope and devastation that is both thrilling and deeply introspective.
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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!