Welcome our cultural exchange partner, Bejing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra.
This subscription package includes performances that feature chorus and therefore Conductor’s Circle seating is not available for one or more event. For your convenience we will seat you in Orchestra Tier, Tier 1, or the Orchestra at no additional price for these performances.
An enduring musical partnership and a tour-de-force showcase of the Orchestra's brilliance: These concerts are the consummate kickoff for the season's subscription concerts! Emanuel Ax (“We are totally captured by his intensity and pianistic achievement”—Los Angeles Times) returns to Verizon Hall to join the Fabulous Philadelphians in Mozart's final piano concerto. Yannick and the Philadelphians explore the passion and tragedy of Dvorák's Othello Overture, with Tchaikovsky's fiery Fourth Symphony a fitting finale.
Our tribute to Leonard Bernstein continues with his Serenade—a musical retelling of Plato’s ode to love—written for his friend Isaac Stern and recorded to great critical acclaim by our 2017-18 artist-in-residence, Hilary Hahn, when she was 18, five years after she made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut. Opera Philadelphia received raves when it staged the local premiere of Thomas Adès’s lascivious Powder Her Face in 2013. In this Philadelphia Orchestra co-commission, Yannick leads the first U.S. performances of a suite of music from the ripped-from-the-tabloids opera. Finally, a melancholy clarinet solo heralds the opening of Sibelius’s First Symphony, giving way to an explosion of sound evoking a sparkling Scandinavian panorama.
These concerts will be LiveNote enabled.
Joshua Bell first captivated Philadelphia audiences and then the world with his astonishing prowess, on full display in this series of concerts centered on St. Petersburg, Russia. Bell performs Wieniawski’s romantic and Paganini-like Violin Concerto No. 2, premiered while the composer and violinist was living and teaching in St. Petersburg. The Concerto exhibits a glossy nostalgia in stark contrast to Shostakovich’s emotionally charged work dedicated to the same great Russian city. The “Leningrad” Symphony is a vivid depiction of invading armies and the devastating impact of war. Yannick leads the Orchestra for three performances of Shostakovich’s towering masterpiece.
These concerts will be LiveNote enabled.
The poet W.H. Auden captured the mood of an uneasy generation with his post-war The Age of Anxiety, a work that inspired Bernstein’s Second Symphony, a musical dialogue among four strangers searching for happiness in an unsettled world. At least one of them finds “the core of faith,” said Bernstein, “which is what one is after—and what I’m after in every work I ever write.” Bernstein himself was at the piano for the premiere; our soloist is the daring and dashing Jean-Yves Thibaudet, “a musician with fearless, flawless fingers” (The West Australian). Yannick compares the tortured genius of Bernstein with that of Schumann with the latter’s flowing Symphony No. 4, ending with the passionate frenzy of Richard Strauss’s Don Juan.
Yannick, Daniil Trifonov, and The Philadelphia Orchestra: It’s a dream team of Rachmaninoff specialists. Following the Grammy-nominated Deutsche Grammophon recording Rachmaninoff Variations and Trifonov’s critically acclaimed subscription debut performing the Piano Concerto No. 4, the young Russian superstar returns to perform and record live the composer’s gorgeous and popular Second and Third concertos. Come twice to hear both masterpieces paired with Bartók’s most famous work, which gives each section of the orchestra a turn in the spotlight. Plus, be a part of a Philadelphia Orchestra live recording!
Hélène Grimaud and Yannick Nézet-Séguin have performed together all over the world, becoming great musical friends. Their warmth and deep artistic connection will be on display as they bring this season to an electrifying conclusion with monumental works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. Grimaud (“astounding technique and daring musical insight”—San Diego Story) stars in landmark piano concertos (Beethoven’s Fourth, Brahms’s First – performed on Thursday, May 17) that have defined the piano repertory; her unique interpretations will have you listening to these favorite works with renewed joy. Schumann revised his Fourth Symphony late in his troubled life; his personal struggles did not prevent him from creating a masterpiece that has only grown in stature over time. And we end this season’s musical journey with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.