Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Jim Gardner Speaker
Renée Fleming Soprano
Angélique Kidjo Vocalist
Rodgers “The Carousel Waltz,” from Carousel
Rodgers “You'll Never Walk Alone,” from Carousel
Puccini “O mio babbino caro,” from Gianni Schicchi
Price Third movement from Symphony No. 1
Bacharach “What the World Needs Now Is Love”
Join us for an unforgettable performance celebrating more than a century-long commitment to the transformative power of the arts. Led by Music and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra, who will be joined by two artists beloved around the world.
Your evening begins with Broadway favorites, including Richard Rodgers' The Carousel Waltz and the breathtaking classic "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel, performed by five-time GRAMMY winner and recipient of the National Medal of Arts Renée Fleming. This world-renowned singer, who has performed for audiences numbering in the millions including the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and the Super Bowl, will also sing one of the most moving songs ever written for opera, Puccini's "O mia babbino caro," and GRAMMY-winning composer Kevin Puts' serenely beautiful "Evening," from the album for which Renée Fleming and Yannick Nézet-Séguin won a 2023 GRAMMY Award.
Five-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo takes the stage for a selection of her iconic songs, including lushly orchestrated versions of the beguiling “Ominira” and the traditional Kenyan folk song “Malaika,” plus her rousing, signature ode to her mother continent “Afirika.” Beloved around the world, Angélique Kidjo takes her fans on genre-bending musical odysseys that incorporate the traditions of Africa with elements of American R&B, funk, and jazz and has been recognized by TIME magazine, Forbes, and the BBC as one of the most influential artists in the world.
Then in a spectacular finale, these two fabled singers join forces for unforgettable renditions of Leonard Cohen’s anthem “Hallelujah” and Burt Bachrach’s paean to peace and hope “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”