Welcome to the 2021–22 Season

Yannick and the Orchestra continue the 2021–22 season with a spectrum of live concerts and Digital Stage streams through June 2022. With a stunning array of debuts, world premieres, treasured classics, and more, performances will continue to explore subjects of profound societal change, from technology to racial and social justice to the environment.

Create-Your-Own concert subscriptions and tickets for the full season in Verizon Hall and on the Digital Stage are on sale now.

This Way Forward

Yannick and Your Philadelphia Orchestra are overjoyed to welcome audiences back to Verizon Hall for the 2021–22 season. Performances also continue on our Digital Stage, where audiences from all seven continents have joined us over the past year.

Beginning with a special Opening Night Celebration featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma on October 5, our fall season features inspiring programming reflecting on the impact of the pandemic, the social justice movement in America, and the drive toward creative equity and inclusion in the world of orchestral music.

Yannick will lead the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s Tuba Concerto, featuring Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch. Three additional principals of the Orchestra also take center stage this fall—Principal Oboe Philippe Tondre for Mozart’s towering Oboe Concerto, Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales performing the world premiere of Jacob Bancks’s Clarinet Concerto, and Concertmaster David Kim performing the solo violin in Melinda Wagner’s Little Moonhead.

Friends of the Orchestra including pianist Aaron Diehl, opera singer and activist Davóne Tines, violinist Joshua Bell, and vocalist Laurin Talese will also join us on the Verizon Hall stage.

We continue to celebrate women in classical music—in our programs and on the podium. Performances in Verizon Hall and on the Digital Stage expand our exploration of the music of Florence Price, with her First, Third, and Fourth symphonies, and the world premiere of a new arrangement of her work Adoration for violin and string orchestra.

Winter/spring 2022 performances feature the Philadelphia Orchestra debut of conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who will lead a program that includes the world premiere of Esteban Benzecry’s MUYUY, The circle of life, commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra and written during the COVID-19 pandemic; Ginastera’s Piano Concerto with Sergio Tiempo, who will also be making his Orchestra debut; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Iconic Hollywood composer and conductor John Williams will return to conduct a one-night-only special event featuring his beloved works from the silver screen with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Nathalie Stutzmann will lead Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) with Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 (“Great”) in her first official public performance as principal guest conductor, and Susanna Mällki will take the podium for Stravinsky’s Suite from Pulcinella. The world premiere of Robin Holcomb’s Paradise, written in response to California's wild fires, will be performed with Mahler’s Fourth Symphony featuring South-African soprano Pretty Yende in her Orchestra debut.

Other artists making their Philadelphia Orchestra debuts include conductors Daniele Rustioni and Eun Sun Kim, soprano Kelli O’Hara, violinist Daniel Lozakovich, and organist Monica Czausz. Former Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève and Fabio Luisi will both return to the podium, while longtime collaborators Emanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Gil Shaham, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet also join the Orchestra.

With Nézet-Séguin on the podium, soprano Renée Fleming and Broadway star Kelli O’Hara star in the world premiere concert version of Kevin Puts’s new opera The Hours, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham and award-winning film.

The silver screen returns to Verizon Hall with three film projects: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, An American in Paris, and The Princess Bride featuring composer Mark Knopfler’s score specially arranged for symphony orchestra.

Return to Verizon Hall with Confidence

To ensure a safe and comfortable return to live performances, patrons 5 years of age and older are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into Verizon Hall and all Kimmel Cultural Campus venues. Patrons 18 years of age and older will also need to show photo ID. All patrons are still required to wear masks.

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