Exclusive Young Friend Offer: Create-Your-Own 4-Concert Subscription
For the first time, we are excited to announce an official Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra Create-Your-Own 4 subscription for the 2016-17 season.
From the opium-driven frenzy that is Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique to Mahler’s colossal and life-affirming Symphony No. 3, Yannick and The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrate their fifth season together with programs that burst with excitement, surprise, and remarkable depth and breadth.
To purchase your Create-Your-Own subscription:
Get the ultimate in flexibility by purchasing a Create-Your-Own subscription with 4 or more concerts. This exclusive offer includes savings of up to 40% on some of our most popular concerts of the season! There are also no ticket purchase limitations, so be sure to add on any additional tickets to bring friends along with you. Make your selections now while great seats are available. Plus you’ll receive subscriber benefits such as flexible ticket exchanges, discounted pre-paid parking, and more.
2016-17 Season Highlights:
Yannick launches his fifth season with high-powered passion, joined by the Philadelphia favorite Yuja Wang. “I need to perform to feel alive,” says the Chinese-born and Curtis-trained pianist, who performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The “poet of the piano” wrote just two piano concertos; this is actually the first composed, its gorgeous melodies written when he was just 19 years old and on the verge of abandoning Poland for Paris. (Hear the First Concerto January 19-21, 2017.) Programs inspired by Paris are sprinkled throughout the season, beginning with this journey to the City of Light in pursuit of Berlioz’s unrequited love: actress Harriet Smithson. The composer’s obsession with her inspired the Symphonie fantastique—and most likely drove Berlioz to opium and madness—but the electrifying result showcases the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra in spectacular fashion.
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"John Williams is E.T.,” Steven Spielberg is quoted as saying. In their decades-long collaboration, Williams has composed the music for almost every one of Spielberg’s movies, but his Oscar®- and Grammy-winning score for the beloved E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial was so exceptional, the famous director actually cut the final sequence to match the music, instead of the other way around.
“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 Macelaru, 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.
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President Obama called him “the most beloved violinist of our time” in awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015. A cultural icon, the irrepressible Itzhak Perlman returns to Verizon Hall to conduct and solo with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He brings his “brilliant technique and juicy sound” (TheNew York Times) to Bach’s exquisite First Violin Concerto before leading the ensemble in two symphonic masterpieces: Dvořák’s bucolic Eighth Symphony and Mozart’s intoxicating “Haffner” Symphony, composed amidst a furious frenzy of activity and calling for a finale played “as fast as possible”!