Perhaps you saw the article in the New York Times last March under the provocative headline “Have We Been Playing Gershwin Wrong for 70 Years?” It’s about his beloved An American in Paris, a symphonic tone poem that features the distinctive sounds of French taxi horns and which will be performed on The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Opening Night Concert September 30.
It’s not every day that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney declares a Mongolia-Philadelphia Friendship Day. Then again, it’s not every day that the President of Mongolia, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, visits Philadelphia at the invitation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
This Thursday Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin begins his fifth subscription season on the podium with an outstanding program, and an outstanding star: pianist Yuja Wang. The Curtis-trained Philadelphia favorite is sure to delight with Chopin’s exquisite Piano Concerto No. 2, a staple of the repertoire she’ll bring to life with her boundless energy and scintillating technique.
Audiences at Philadelphia Orchestra concerts this fall will see three new faces onstage: Associate Principal Cello Priscilla Lee, clarinetist Socrates Villegas, and Angela Bilger, who joins the ensemble for a one-year appointment as acting fourth horn.
When The Philadelphia Orchestra announced in 2010 that it had named a 35-year-old French Canadian with relatively little name recognition in the United States as its new music director, the world could not have anticipated the extent to which this podium dynamo would vitalize the Orchestra and transform the very nature of a music director’s relationship to his or her community.
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