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The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin Announce New Programs and Updates to 2017-18 Season

August 8, 2017

Details Released as Individual Tickets Go On Sale this Week


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JUST ANNOUNCED: New programs & updates to the @PhilaOrchestra’s 2017-18 season revealed as single tickets go on sale this week!


(Philadelphia, August 8, 2017)—As The Philadelphia Orchestra prepares for the launch of its 118th season, the sixth under Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, changes and additions have been made to select programs of the 2017-18 concert calendar. In addition to individual program updates, the Orchestra has released new details about the upcoming season’s Sound All Around events—a series of concerts that introduce young children to orchestral music through interaction and storytelling, each of which has a sensory-friendly presentation—plus information about the annual Free College Concert, robust additions to the organ repertoire offerings, and more. Several newly announced additions like Sound All Around and the Free College Concert, as well as previously announcing programming, support The Philadelphia Orchestra’s HEAR initiative, a portfolio of programs that promotes Health, champions music Education, eliminates barriers to Accessing the Orchestra, and maximizes impact through Research. Pre-season festivities kick off at Verizon Hall September 21-23 with a special presentation of Amadeus, with the score performed live alongside the Academy Award-winning film.


Please note that these updates supersede previous press materials related to these concerts. Please discard all previous versions of the 2017-18 season chronological calendar. An updated version of the chronological calendar can be found HERE for your use.


For more information, and to purchase tickets to any of these programs, please visit philorch.org.



Season long programSound All Around

            Event addition: Full season of Sound All Around programs added to season calendar

                        October 14* & 16, 2017—Percussion

                        November 18* & 20, 2017—Strings

                        January 6* & 8, 2018—Brass

                        March 24* & 26, 2018—Winds

                        April 28* & 30, 2018—Ensemble

            Location: Academy of Music Ballroom

            Time: Concerts begin each date at 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM


Sound All Around, presented by PNC Grow Up Great, introduces young audience members to the joy of music through fun, engaging programs designed for 3-5 year olds and the series continues in the 2017-18 season. Each performance focuses on a different family of instruments, giving young music lovers an informal opportunity to listen to stories with live music performed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and get an up-close look at instruments. Concerts are 45 minutes and are hosted by award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston.


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


* indicates sensory-friendly performance



Season long programOrgan Postludes featuring Peter Richard Conte

            Event addition: Full season of organ postlude recitals added to season calendar

                        November 24 & 25, 2017

                        March 2 & 3, 2018

                        March 16 & 17, 2018

            Artist addition: Peter Richard Conte, organ

            Location: Verizon Hall

            Time: Immediately following each preceding subscription concert performance


            Programming to be announced at a later date. Organ postludes are part of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience, supported through a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation and Artistic Advisor Frederick R. Haas.



September 19, 2017Free College Concert

            Event update: Tickets now available

            Repertoire addition: Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront

            Artist additions: Kensho Watanabe, conductor; Hilary Hahn, violin


The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates the 10th season of its college student program, eZseatU, with a Free College Concert. This year’s program, led by Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe, will include Dvořák’s Violin Concerto performed by Artist-in-Residence Hilary Hahn, Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront, and more. The concert is open to full-time college students in the greater Philadelphia region.



September 21-23, 2017Amadeus

            Artist additions: Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia



October 5, 2017Opening Night

            Repertoire additions: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, First Movement

            Artist addition: Harmony Zhu, piano


The 118th season launches with a special program including two works by Leonard Bernstein, marking the start of the Orchestra’s centennial celebration of the pre-eminent conductor, composer, and pianist and illustrious Curtis Institute alumnus. Emanuel Ax, special guest and beloved friend of the Orchestra, will make a special appearance, joining Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition winner Harmony Zhu at the keyboard for a unique four-hands performance. Ms. Zhu will also be featured performing the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Please note: While Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be conducting this program, he will not perform at the keyboard as previously announced.



October 6-8, 2017Yannick and Emanuel Ax Open the Season

            Repertoire addition: Oquin’s Resilience, for organ and orchestra replaces Dvořák’s Othello Overture

            Artist additions: Paul Jacobs, organ


            Yannick and the Philadelphians explore the King of Instruments in a call-and-response work between organ and the orchestra from American composer Wayne Oquin, Resilience, which was   written for organ soloist and Philadelphia audience favorite Paul Jacobs. These concerts are part of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience, supported through a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation.



October 8, 2017Chamber Postlude I

            Event addition: Postlude program added to calendar

            Repertoire addition: Mozart’s Quintet in E-flat major, K. 452, for piano and winds

Artist additions: Kiyoko Takeuti, piano; Richard Woodhams, oboe; Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon; Jennifer Montone, French horn


Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Postludes are a season-long series of intimate chamber music performances. Created in collaboration with the musicians of the Orchestra, each Postlude offers music carefully chosen to continue the experience of the afternoon’s matinee concert.



October 26-28, 2017Denève and Shaham

            Repertoire addition: Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy replaces Tchaikovsky’s Suite from The Sleeping Beauty


Scriabin’s mystical Poem of Ecstasy rounds out the connection of Russian and French musical traditions on this program. The piece was written during the composer’s time outside of his native Russia, some of which was spent in Paris. These concerts are part of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience, supported through a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation.



December 10, 2017Chamber Postlude II

            Event addition: Postlude program added to calendar

            Repertoire addition: Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47

            Artist additions: Natalie Zhu, piano; Hilary Hahn, violin; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Yumi Kendall, cello



December 14-17, 2017The Glorious Sound of Christmas

            Artist additions: Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia



December 21-22, 2017Messiah

Artist additions: Ekaterina Siurina, soprano (Philadelphia Orchestra debut); Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano (Philadelphia Orchestra debut); Nicholas Phan, tenor; Mark Stone, baritone (Philadelphia Orchestra debut)



January 5, 2018Chamber Postlude III

            Event addition: Postlude program added to calendar

            Repertoire addition: Schubert’s String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804

            Artist additions: Kimberly Fisher, violin; Yiying Li, violin; Meng Wang, viola; Yumi Kendall, cello    



January 11-13, 2018British Isles Festival Week 1: Handel and Britten

            Repertoire addition: MacMillan’s A Scotch Bestiary, for organ and orchestra replaces Elgar’s Piano Quintet

            Artist additions: Paul Jacobs, organ


Scottish composer James MacMillan describes his organ concerto A Scotch Bestiary as a musical caricature of “individuals and archetypes encountered in Scottish life over the years.” These concerts are part of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience, supported through a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation.



February 9, 2018Chamber Postlude IV

            Event addition: Postlude program added to calendar

            Repertoire addition: Anton Reicha’s Two Andantes and Adagio, for English horn, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn

            Artist additions: Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia, English horn; David Cramer, flute; Samuel Caviezel, clarinet; Angela Anderson Smith, bassoon; Shelly Showers, French horn    



February 23, 2018Chamber Postlude V

            Event addition: Postlude program added to calendar

            Repertoire addition: Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4

            Artist additions: Juliette Kang, violin; Dara Morales, violin; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Derek Barnes, cello



March 18, 2018Chamber Postlude VI

            Event addition: Postlude program added to calendar

            Repertoire addition: Brahms’s String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18

Artist additions: David Kim, violin; Juliette Kang, violin; Choong-Jin Chang, viola; Hai-Ye Ni, cello; Priscilla Lee, cello



May 10-11, 17, and 20, 2018Yannick and Hélène: A Musical Partnership for the Ages

            Repertoire addition: Dvořák’s Othello Overture (rescheduled from October 6-8, 2017 performances)


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