Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Michelle Cann Piano
Rossini Overture to La scala di seta
Price Piano Concerto in One Movement
Schubert Symphony No. 4 (“Tragic”)
Pianist Michelle Cann makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut with the Orchestra’s first performance of Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement. Shortly after its premiere in 1934, a Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph reviewer wrote, “There [in the Concerto] is real American music, and Mrs. Price is speaking a language she knows.” Like her celebrated Symphony No. 1, Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement evokes her experiences as a Black woman raised in the post-Civil War South. Listen for references to spirituals, call-and-response, and the “juba”—a lively, syncopated plantation dance that predates the Civil War in this stunning Concerto.
This performance marks the first time the piece has been played in North America in its original orchestration since the composer’s death in 1953, and possibly since the mid-1930s. Cann's performance is supported by ONEcomposer, an initiative dedicated to musicians whose contributions have been historically erased, housed at Cornell University. In providing a platform for the study, performance, and discussion of a single, underrepresented composer's life and legacy, ONEcomposer promotes a more complete understanding of musical histories.
Cann’s performance is artfully complemented by Rossini’s sparkling Overture to La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder) and Schubert’s engaging and early Symphony No. 4, written under the influence of Haydn and Mozart.
This program runs approximately 1 hour and will be performed without an intermission.
Please note: All Digital Stage events begin with a performance premiere, streaming in real time. Following the performance premiere, the concert will be available for ticket holders to watch on demand for one week.
This performance was originally scheduled for March 4–11, 2021.
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