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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2016 CALENDAR

October 27, 2016

Violinist Midori Returns to Perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in

Concert Conducted by Louis Langrée (November 3-5)


 Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s First November Concerts Feature Ravel and Prokofiev

with Benjamin Beilman and the Westminster Symphonic Choir (November 10-12)


The Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ includes

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Paul Jacobs (November 17-19)


Thanksgiving Weekend Brings Gianandrea Noseda and Pianist Alexander Toradze

in Performances of Ravel and Beethoven (November 25-27)


Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Yefim Bronfman Join Together for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Concert that Includes Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony (December 1-3)


Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru Leads Orchestra in

Beethoven’s Second Symphony and Orff’s Carmina burana (December 8-10)


Get into the Holiday Spirit with the Christmas Kids’

Spectacular Family Concert (December 10)


Holiday Concerts include the Glorious Sound of Christmas (December 15-17),

Messiah, (December 18) and Home Alone (December 20-22)


Celebrate the Arrival of 2017 with the Fabulous Philadelphians and 

Conductor Bramwell Tovey (December 31) 

 

Brahms: Symphony No. 2

November 3 at 8 PM – Thursday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

November 4 at 2 PM – Friday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

November 5 at 8 PM – Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Louis Langrée Conductor – Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

   Midori Violin 

   Schnittke

Moz-Art à la Haydn - First Philadelphia Orchestra Performances

   Beethoven

Violin Concerto

   Brahms

Symphony No. 2

The highly sought-after Louis Langrée, music director of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the Cincinnati Symphony, makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut with these performances, bringing his “classy artistry” (The New York Times) to Brahms’s Second Symphony. Utterly different from his First, this work was written quickly, in the summer of 1877, which may explain its largely cheerful mood. Audience favorite Midori returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra for the first time on subscription since 2007 with Beethoven’s mighty Violin Concerto, arguably the jewel in the crown of the violin repertoire. We open with Alfred Schnittke’s witty and theatrical mash-up; it’s a little Mozart, a little Haydn, and thoroughly modern music-making including untraditional staging and lighting.

Tickets start at $35 and are available on www.philorch.org, at 215.893.1999, or the Kimmel Center Box Office.  

The November 4 concert is sponsored by Mrs. Herman B. Wagner. 

Chamber Postlude

November 4 at 4 PM — Friday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

   Ying Fu Violin

   Midori Violin

   Burchard Tang Viola

   Che-Hung Chen Viola

   Yumi Kendall Cello

   Priscilla Lee Cello

  Brahms                                    String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36

Immediately following the concert on Friday, November 4, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and special guest Midori perform Brahms’s Sextet No. 2 in G major. This event is free for all ticketholders. 

Daphnis and Chloé

November 10 at 8 PM – Thursday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

November 11 at 2 PM – Friday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

November 12 at 8 PM – Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

November 15 at 8 PM – Tuesday evening — Carnegie Hall, New York

    The Philadelphia Orchestra

   Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

   Benjamin Beilman Violin

   Westminster Symphonic Choir (Joe Miller, director)  

   Ravel

Le Tombeau de Couperin

   Prokofiev

Violin Concerto No. 1

   Ravel

Daphnis and Chloé (complete ballet)

Yannick brings two masterworks by Ravel to this program. Each movement of his intimate Le Tombeau de Couperin is dedicated to a friend who died in the First World War, but as a whole, the composition is a tribute to the splendors of French music, which may be best embodied in Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloé, a work Yannick calls “very dear to my heart.” He leads the complete version of this sparkling and sensual orchestral showpiece, bringing to vivid life the mythological story of the goatherd Daphnis and the shepherdess Chloé. It’s a hedonistic tale, with a musical bacchanal in the garden of Pan. Curtis grad and rising star violinist Benjamin Beilman made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2015, performing with “polish and power” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). He returns with Prokofiev’s ethereal Violin Concerto No. 1.

The Philadelphia concerts will be LiveNote enabled.

 The November 10 concert is sponsored by Kay and Harry Halloran.

The November 12 concert is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shaw.

The Philadelphia Orchestra acknowledges the presence of the Hermann Family at the November 11 concert, with gratitude for their donation, made in memory of Myrl Hermann, of a C.G. Testore violin (ca. 1700).

 Tickets start at $35 and are available on www.philorch.org, at 215.893.1999, or the Kimmel Center Box Office.

Tickets for the concert at Carnegie Hall start at $21.50 and are available at 212.247.7800 or carnegiehall.org

Tenth Anniversary Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Celebration

November 17 at 8 PM – Thursday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

November 18 at 2 PM – Friday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

November 19 at 8 PM – Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

    Paul Jacobs Organ  

   Barber

Toccata festiva, for organ and orchestra

   Rouse

Organ Concerto - Philadelphia Orchestra Co-Commission—World premiere

   Saint-Saëns

Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”) 

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse summons breathtaking texture, color, and volume—much like Verizon Hall's 7,000-pipe Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. In celebration of the magnificent instrument's 10th anniversary, Rouse has been commissioned to write a new concerto for the King of Instruments. Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs returns as Yannick leads the Philadelphians in this world premiere.

These performances are made possible in part by the Wyncote Foundation.  

Tickets start at $35 and are available on www.philorch.org, at 215.893.1999, or the Kimmel Center Box Office.  

Sound All Around: Percussion

November 19 at 10 AM and 11:15 AM — Saturday morning — Academy of Music Ballroom (Sensory Friendly)

November 21 at 10 AM and 11:15 AM — Monday morning — Academy of Music Ballroom

    Charlotte Blake Alston Host and Storyteller

   Christopher Deviney Percussion                  

   Hugh Sung Piano

Nurture your child’s passion for music! Sound All Around concerts are interactive programs with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. Children listen to stories with music, sing songs, move to the music, pretend to play an instrument, and examine real instruments up close. Named as Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly® 2014—Best Music Program, Sound All Around is a great way for kids, families, daycares, and school groups to have fun with music. Concerts are 45 minutes long.

As part of the Orchestra’s desire to serve all audiences, the Orchestra is modifying its Saturday Sound All Around series to make them sensory friendly. These concerts serve families with 3-5 year olds on the autism spectrum and any others who may benefit from performances customized for those with sensory sensitivities. Relaxed performances are designed to provide a concert experience that is welcoming, inclusive, and comfortable for children and families with sensory sensitivities, as well as anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. The goal is to create a safe and accepting setting where children, including those on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities, and their families can experience live music together. Lighting and amplified sounds will be mid-level, and children are invited to move, vocalize, get up to walk around, and otherwise express themselves freely.

Sound All Around is presented by PNC Grow Up Great.

The Sound All Around concert series is endowed in perpetuity by the Garrison Family Fund for Children’s Concerts.

Tickets are $10 and are available at 215.893.1999 or philorch.org.  

Noseda Returns for Thanksgiving

November 25 at 8 PM – Friday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

November 26 at 8 PM – Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

November 27 at 2 PM – Sunday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

   The Philadelphia Orchestra

   Gianandrea Noseda Conductor

   Alexander Toradze Piano  

   Petrassi

Partita - First Philadelphia Orchestra Performances

   Ravel

Piano Concerto in G major

   Beethoven

Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”) 

Newly appointed music director of the National Symphony, Gianandrea Noseda returns to lead a program that whirls from dance to jazz to Beethoven. The Milanese maestro has been sharing his love of underappreciated Italian repertoire with our audiences for the past two seasons (with the music of Casella inspiring wild ovations). This season he enchants us with Goffredo Petrassi, whose 1932 Partita celebrates traditional Italian dance forms. Noseda says he loves to conduct it with “fantastic orchestras!” Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major was written around the same time as the Partita, but is heavily influenced by jazz; masterful Georgian pianist Alexander Toradze is sure to impress. Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, the “Pastoral,” is a mainstay of the repertoire, but Noseda says every time he conducts it, the work “opens new windows on the idea of the symphony.”

The November 27 concert is sponsored by John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick.

Tickets start at $35 and are available on www.philorch.org, at 215.893.1999, or the Kimmel Center Box Office.  

Chamber Postlude

November 27 at 4 PM — Sunday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

   William Polk Violin

   Jennifer Montone Horn

   Natalie Zhu Piano

   Harbison                                      Twilight Music, for violin, horn, and piano

Immediately following the concert on Sunday, November 27, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and special guest Natalie Zhu perform Harbison’s Twilight Music. This event is free for all ticketholders.   

Yannick and Bronfman

December 1 at 8 PM – Thursday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 2 at 2 PM – Friday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 3 at 8 PM – Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts  

   The Philadelphia Orchestra

   Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

   Yefim Bronfman Piano  

   Prokofiev

Piano Concerto No. 2

   Shostakovich

Symphony No. 4 

Yannick conducts an athletic and thrilling program of great Russian repertoire, with two pieces that are extremely demanding for both orchestra and soloist. In Prokofiev’s “knockout” Piano Concerto No. 2, Yefim Bronfman earns raves for his “eerily relaxed mastery of every pianistic challenge: the crazed first-movement cadenza; the whirlwind Scherzo with its nonstop rippling runs; the spiky, hard-driven finale, with its keyboard-spanning leaps.” (The New York Times) Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony is one of incredible power and forces. Written at the height of Soviet nationalism and shelved for 25 years under authoritarian pressure, the Philadelphians and Eugene Ormandy gave the tour de force its American premiere in 1963.

These concerts will be LiveNote enabled.

The December 1 concert is sponsored by Osagie and Losenge Imasogie.

The December 2 concert is sponsored by Mrs. Elaine Woo Camarda.

The December 3 concert is sponsored by Judith Broudy. 

Tickets start at $45 and are available on www.philorch.org, at 215.893.1999, or the Kimmel Center Box Office. 

O Fortuna!—Carmina Burana

December 8 at 8 PM – Thursday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 9 at 8 PM – Friday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 10 at 8 PM – Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

   The Philadelphia Orchestra

   Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

   Olga Pudova Soprano – Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

   Nicholas Phan Tenor

   Stephen Powell Baritone

   Philadelphia Symphonic Choir (Joe Miller, director) – Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

   The American Boychoir (Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, music director)  

   Beethoven

Symphony No. 2

   Orff

Carmina burana 

“O Fortune! Like the moon ever-changing,” the massive choir bellows amidst the opening clash of cymbals and banging of drums, but ever-constant is the enduring popularity of Carmina burana, Orff’s heart-pounding and tantalizing tale of drinking and debauchery. It was a hit from the start. Whether you know it from the movies or TV commercials, rappers or Philadelphia’s own Mummers, nothing can quite prepare you for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s live and lusty delivery, vigorously led in these performances by the Orchestra’s own Cristian Măcelaru, whose career has quickly taken on international proportions. Beethoven was having his own showdown with fortune when he composed his Second Symphony. He might justifiably have manifested despair in the early stages of hearing loss, but instead wrote one of his most ebullient and life-affirming works.

These concerts will be LiveNote enabled. 

The December 8 concert is sponsored by Leslie Miller and Richard Worley.  

The December 9 concert is sponsored by Allan Schimmel in honor of Reid Reames.  

Tickets start at $40 and are available on www.philorch.org, at 215.893.1999, or the Kimmel Center Box Office.    

 

Family Concert: Christmas Kids’ Spectacular

December 10 at 11:30 AM – Saturday morning — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    The Philadelphia Orchestra

   Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

   Wasson                                     Festival Fanfare for Christmas

   Vivaldi                                      First movement from “Winter,” from The Four Seasons

   Rouse                                       Karolju

   Traditional                                Dreidel Song, from “Hanukkah Festival Overture”

   Tchaikovsky                              “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” from The Nutcracker

   Tchaikovsky                              “Russian Dance,” from The Nutcracker

   Vaughn Williams                        Fantasia on “Greensleeves”

   Prokofiev                                  “Fairy Godmother and Fairy Winter,” from Cinderella

   Piazzolla                                   “Winter in Buenos Aires” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires  

   Gruber                                    “Silent Night"

   Holcombe                                 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

   Various                                     A Holly and Jolly Sing-Along

   Anderson                                  Sleigh Ride   

What musical gifts does Santa have in store for you? Get in the Christmas spirit with our annual Christmas Kids’ Spectacular! You’ll hear your favorite jingles and carols like Sleigh Ride, “Joy to the World,” and “Deck the Halls,” and have a chance to sing along with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Plus we’ll have a few surprises along the way. Get your tickets early for this must-see family event of the holiday season!     

Family Concerts are funded in part by the Zisman Family Foundation.  

Tickets start at $18 and are available on www.philorch.org, at 215.893.1999, or the Kimmel Center Box Office.   

The Glorious Sound of Christmas

December 15 at 7 PM – Thursday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 16 at 7 PM – Friday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

December 17 at 7 PM – Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

   The Philadelphia Orchestra

   Thomas Wilkins Conductor

   Alison Buchanan Soprano

   Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia (Paul Rardin, artistic director)

   Herman                                  “We Need A Little Christmas,” from Mame

   Mendelssohn                           “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”

   O'Loughlin                               A Season for Joy

   Niles                                      “I Wonder as I Wander"

   Prokofiev                                “Troika” from Lieutenant Kijé

   Traditional                               “The First Nowell”

   Rutter                                     “Angels’ Carol”

   Various                                   Christmas Spiritual Medley

   Anderson                                 Sleigh Ride

   Herman                                   “The Best Christmas of All,” from Mrs. Santa Claus

   Loes                                       “This Little Light of Mine”

   Bizet                                       “Farandole,” from L'Arlésienne, Suite No. 2

   Rutter                                      “The Very Best Time of Year”

   Adam                                      “O Holy Night”

   Anderson                                 A Christmas Festival  

Maybe you’re new to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s holiday music. Or maybe Eugene Ormandy’s 1962 The Glorious Sound of Christmas album is a prize in your record collection. Either way, we invite you to make us part of your annual traditions. Our Christmas concerts feature the full Orchestra, choir, and special guests, all led this year by the irresistible Thomas Wilkins, principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Buy your tickets early and put this heartwarming holiday break on your calendar now. Come December, you’ll be glad you did. ’Tis the season!

Tickets start at $20 and are available on www.philorch.org, at 215.893.1999, or the Kimmel Center Box Office.

This is a special event concert.   

Messiah

December 18 at 2 PM – Sunday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra

   Nathalie Stutzmann Conductor – Philadelphia Orchestra Conducting Debut

   Ying Fang Soprano – Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

   Angela Brower Mezzo-soprano – Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

   Lawrence Wiliford Tenor – Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

   Stephen Powell Baritone

   Philadelphia Symphonic Choir (Joe Miller, director)  

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without Handel’s divine Messiah. French conductor and vocalist Nathalie Stutzmann—who made her U.S. conducting debut with Messiah performances in Detroit and at the Kennedy Center—makes her Philadelphia Orchestra conducting debut leading this most famous of oratorios. With one performance only, this is guaranteed to sell out. Don’t miss your chance to be in the hall when the audience stands for the “Hallelujah” Chorus. Wonderful!  

Tickets start at $35 and are available on www.philorch.org, at 215.893.1999, or the Kimmel Center Box Office. 

This is a special event concert.  

Home Alone with The Philadelphia Orchestra

December 20 at 7 PM – Tuesday evening – The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall

December 21 at 7 PM – Wednesday evening – The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall

December 22 at 7 PM – Thursday evening – The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall  

   The Philadelphia Orchestra

   Constantine Kitsopoulos Conductor

   The Choirs at the College of New Jersey (John Leonard, chorus director)  

   Williams                                     Home Alone (complete with film)  

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams's charming and delightful score performed live to picture. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who's accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

© 1990 Twentieth Century Fox

Tickets start at $35 and are available on www.philorch.org, at 215.893.1999, or the Kimmel Center Box Office.  

This is a special event concert.   

 New Year’s Eve  

December 31 at 7:30 PM – Saturday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

   The Philadelphia Orchestra

   Bramwell Tovey Conductor

   Tracy Dahl Soprano

   Bernstein                               Overture to Candide

   Bernstein                              “Glitter and Be Gay,” from Candide

   Bernstein                               Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront

   Gershwin                              “The Man I Love,” from Strike Up the Band

   Gershwin                              “They Can't Take That Away from Me”

   Gershwin                              “Fascinating Rhythm,” from Lady Be Good

   Gershwin                              “By Strauss”

   J. Strauss Jr.                         “Emperor” Waltz

   J. Strauss Jr.                          “Künstler” Quadrille

   J. Strauss Jr.                          “Egyptian” March

   J. Strauss Jr.                          Perpetuum mobile

   J. Strauss Jr.                          “Champagne” Polka

   J. Strauss Jr.                          “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” Waltz 

Celebrate the arrival of 2017 with the Fabulous Philadelphians! The perennially popular Bramwell Tovey (“… please borrow, steal, and BEG BEG Bramwell Tovey to come back!” one fan implored us) leads the festivities with “his Noël Coward-esque wit and solid command of the Philadelphia Orchestra.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) The Grammy-winning guest conductor promises an evening of delicious music—spiced with a dash of irreverence. Ring in the New Year in style!

Tickets start at $55 and are available on www.philorch.org, at 215.893.1999, or the Kimmel Center Box Office. 

This is a special event concert.

 Ticket information 

All concerts listed in this calendar are currently on sale and may be purchased in the following ways: 

Online:     Visit the Orchestra’s website at philorch.org

In person: At the Kimmel Center Box Office; Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia (Open daily, 10 AM to 6 PM, or through the first intermission of the last performance in the venue.)

By phone: Call Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1999 (daily, 9 AM to 8 PM)

By fax:      Fax Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1833 

For information on subscription ticket packages, please call Subscriber Services at 215.893.1955. 

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Community Rush Program: The Philadelphia Orchestra makes a limited number of community rush seats available for $10 at the Kimmel Center Box Office between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM the day of most subscription concerts (11:30 AM–12:30 PM for 2 PM performances). Seating will be throughout the hall and is subject to availability. Please note that the number of available tickets varies by performance and there is a limit of one ticket per person for each purchase. More information can be found at www.philorch.org/community-rush

For College Students: For a one-time $25 membership fee, students can join eZseatU and reserve tickets to subscription concerts without paying any additional cost per ticket. eZseatU membership is valid from October 2016 through May 2017 and only for Philadelphia Orchestra subscription concerts at the Kimmel Center. Participants must be full-time college students and have a valid student ID to participate. Students may redeem one ticket per membership per concert. Students with a valid student I.D. may also purchase student rush tickets for $10 before each subscription concert. Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office on the day of the concert from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM for 8 PM performances and from 11:30 PM to 12:30 PM for 2 PM performances. Handling fees apply to all website purchases. Only one ticket may be purchased per I.D., and tickets are subject to availability. All student tickets issued are general admission. Seating location is dependent on availability. The eZseatU program is made possible with support from the Amy P. Goldman Foundation and an anonymous donor. 

A $6.50 service fee applies to all telephone, fax, and online orders. Each ticket price over $10 includes a $4 Kimmel Center, Inc., surcharge for facility maintenance. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards accepted. 

CONTACT:

Jay Nachman

phone: 215.893.3136

e-mail: jnachman@philorch.org 

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