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ONE WEEK ONLY starting Monday, December 9 at noon: Purchase $10 PECO Rush tickets in advance for select in-demand Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, thanks to a partnership with PECO. Space is limited so don’t delay! Reserve online: by clicking BUY TICKETS with promo code 2013PECOPOWERWEEK; via phone: 215.893.1999; or in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Offer ends December 15 at noon.

*Restrictions apply. Offer is not retroactive. Tickets purchased online or by phone are subject to a $6.00 per-ticket processing fee. All artists, dates, prices, and programs subject to change. All tickets subject to availability.

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Concerts included in PECO POWER WEEK:

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David Kim Plays Tchaikovsky

December 12 & 14 8 PM
December 13 2 PM

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
David Kim Violin

Ravel Rapsodie espagnole
Tchaikovsky Sérénade mélancolique, for violin and orchestra
Tchaikovsky Valse-scherzo, for violin and orchestra
Stravinsky Petrushka

Two delightful pieces by Tchaikovsky are personally meaningful to David Kim, who was the only American awarded a prize at the 1986 quadrennial Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Ravel’s glistening Rapsodie espagnole is infused with Latin rhythms and folksongs, reminiscent of the Spanish countryside. Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka, about a puppet that comes to life, was written in Paris and is an energetic and satirical work full of wit and humor.

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The Glorious Sound of Christmas

Thursday, December 19 7:00 PM

Sarah Hicks Conductor
Jennifer Check Soprano
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
     Alan Harler Artistic director

The Philadelphia Orchestra lends its lush sound to timeless holiday classics! Named for the Orchestra's best-selling Christmas album, these concerts are the perfect way to begin your celebrations. Sarah Hicks, who made a smash debut on New Year's Eve 2011 returns to the orchestra. Christmas has never sounded better.   

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Sunday, December 22 2:00 PM

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
Yulia Van Doren Soprano
Sasha Cooke Mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan Tenor
Alexander Dobson Baritone
The Philadelphia Singers Chorale
     David Hayes
Music Director

Handel Messiah

This Baroque classic has become as integral to the season as the film It's a Wonderful Life and has been a Philadelphia Orchestra tradition since 1961. There is no better way to enjoy the glorious majesty of this work than with the Orchestra. This performance sells out every year, so order these tickets today!

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New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, December 31 7:30 PM

Bramwell Tovey Conductor

Start your New Year’s Eve celebration in style with The Philadelphia Orchestra! Bramwell Tovey, who became an instant audience favorite in his recent debut of The Glorious Sound of Christmas, returns for a festive and fun night. The program includes music and waltzes by Strauss that will leave you ready to dance into the New Year. The concert ends in time for you to continue on with your own festivities.

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Cirque de la Symphonie

Friday, January 3 8 PM

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

Two great artforms, both requiring agility, creativity, and a lifetime of practice, come together in this thrilling evening featuring Cirque de la Symphonie. Breathtaking acrobatics fly above the Orchestra, accompanied by stunning symphonic repertoire. The program features aerialists, contortionists, dancers, strongmen, and special surprises.

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Tchaikovsky Week 1:
Symphony No. 4

Friday, January 10 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 11 8:00 PM

Robin Ticciati Conductor
Stephen Hough Piano

Liadov The Enchanted Lake
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

British conductor Robin Ticciati returns to Philadelphia after a highly-acclaimed debut in 2012. The worldly young maestro launches a celebration of Tchaikovsky’s immense musical impact on other composers of his time. Over the course of three weeks, the composer’s greatest symphonic works will be heard along with his Russian contemporaries. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 opens with an ominous fanfare suggesting the arrival of fate, taking us on an emotional journey toward an exhilarating affirmation of life’s many joys. Great British pianist Stephen Hough performs the highly demanding First Piano Concerto. And the program opens with Liadov’s short tone poem The Enchanted Lake. Inspired by an isolated lake outside St. Petersburg, Liadov employs a combination of Russian folk tunes and impressionist colors in this charming work.

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Tchaikovsky Week 2:
The Serenade

January 16 8 PM
January 17 2 PM

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
Hai-Ye Ni Cello

Borodin Polovtsian Dances, from Prince Igor
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, for cello and orchestra
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
Balakirev Islamey

Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian Măcelaru is joined by Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni. The great Rococo Variations are a showpiece for cello and orchestra. And in this season's collection of serenades, Tchaikovsky's expressive Serenade for Strings features that glorious sound of the Philadelphia strings. The Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor by Borodin are both thunderous and sensuous, including a melody made famous by the popular Broadway song "Stranger in Paradise" from Kismet. Originally composed for solo piano, Balakirev's Islamey closes the program.

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Tchaikovsky Week 3:
The Violin Concerto

Thursday, January 23 8:00 PM
Friday, January 24 8:00 PM

Tugan Sokhiev Conductor
Vadim Gluzman Violin

Rimsky-Korsakov "Battle of Kerzhenets," from
     The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Musorgsky Pictures from an Exhibition

Young Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in the third and final week of our Tchaikovsky Celebration. The Violin Concerto stands as one of the greatest works ever written for the instrument. An essential part of the violin repertoire, its Russian folk melodies and driving rhythms give this work a universal appeal. Musorgsky composed his Pictures from an Exhibition for solo piano. But it is Ravel’s orchestration that brings vivid color to the depictions of festive market scenes, hatching chicks, catacombs, and the mighty gates of Kiev. Like Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov is considered one of the greatest orchestrators of all time. His thrilling “Battle of Kerzhenets” demonstrates this exceptional skill.

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Radu Lupu Joins Yannick

Thursday, January 30 8:00 PM
Friday, January 31 2:00 PM

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Radu Lupu Piano

Smetana "The Moldau," from Má vlast
Bartók Piano Concerto No. 3
Dvořák Symphony No. 6

This program featuring legendary Romanian pianist Radu Lupu is a journey to Eastern Europe--Hungary and the Czech Republic. Smetana’s “The Moldau,” from his larger collection of works called My Homeland, uses native folk tunes to depict two small streams building in strength and combining into the mighty Bohemian river. Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony was his first major hit. Like in his other symphonies, Dvorak also uses Bohemian folk melodies to craft a traditional Germanic-style symphony. Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with a neo-classical flair, was intended as a birthday gift for his wife. It was left incomplete upon his death in 1945. Philadelphia Orchestra violist Tibor Serly completed the orchestration of the final 17 measures prior to the world premiere in 1946 with then Music Director Eugene Ormandy, pianist György Sándor, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Ax, from Bach to Strauss

February 6 8 PM
February 7 2 PM

Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
Jeffrey Khaner Flute
Emanuel Ax Piano

Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Strauss Burleske, for piano and orchestra
Bach Piano Concerto No. 1
Mahler Todtenfeier

Vladimir Jurowski returns for a two week-residency. For his first program he contrasts composers from the Baroque with those from the height of Romanticism. Bach is performed along with Strauss and Mahler, exploring the evolution of music across three centuries. As part of the Strauss 150th anniversary year, legendary pianist Emanuel Ax performs the youthful Burleske for piano and orchestra. Written when he was 21, it is very much in the style of Liszt and Schumann but contains clear indications of the brilliant composer emerging with his own style. Ax also performs Bach's Piano Concerto in D minor. Originally written for harpsichord, which was only just coming into favor as a solo instrument, this Concerto is distinct from the Strauss Burleske, demonstrating how solo keyboard music expanded nearly 200 years later. Likewise, the intimate music-making of Bach's French-style dance suite, the Orchestral Suite No. 2 featuring solo flute, also stands apart from Mahler's mighty Todtenfeier (Funeral Rites). Todtenfeier is a single movement tone poem that became the basis for the epic first movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, the "Resurrection" Symphony.

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Yannick's "Eroica"

Thursday, February 20 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 22 8:00 PM

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Truls Mørk Cello

Strauss Metamorphosen
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) was originally intended as a grand and heroic tribute to Napoleon. Upon learning that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor of all Europe, the disaffected Beethoven scratched out the dedication with such vigor that he tore through the paper. In the end, the hero of this Symphony is the composer himself, who succeeded in creating a new architecture for the symphonic form and ignited the Romantic style in music.

Strauss composed his Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings in 1945 amid the cultural and physical destruction of World War II. The work opens with a haunting rhythm clearly quoting the funeral march of Beethoven’s “Eroica.” The intensity and pathos is that of a mature conductor nearing the end of his career--in contrast to compositions of the younger Strauss heard earlier in the season. Another paring of Beethoven and Shostakovich. Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 was written for the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and given its U.S. premiere (and first recording) by him, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Eugene Ormandy in 1959. Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk returns to Philadelphia to perform this fiendish Concerto, which, like the Tenth and Eleventh symphonies heard elsewhere in the season, was written following the death of Stalin and marks a return to greater creative freedom for the composer.

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Beethoven and Shostakovich

Thursday, March 6 8:00 PM
Friday, March 7 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 8 8:00 PM

Stéphane Denève Conductor
Nikolaj Znaider Violin

Beethoven Violin Concerto
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

Beethoven’s only concerto for the violin is as much about the orchestra as it is the soloist. Written during the most prolific and groundbreaking period of his career, the Violin Concerto stands as one of the most sublime works of the entire repertoire.

Once again this season, Beethoven’s music is juxtaposed with the great symphonic master of the 20th century, Shostakovich. The Tenth Symphony was his first symphonic work in eight years, written during the cultural "thawing" after Stalin’s death. On the surface, it contains Shostakovich’s soaring melodies and strident harmonies. Underneath, the composer has included a bombastic and ironic portrait of Stalin in the second movement, a hidden message to secret love in the third, and encoded his own initials in the final movement.

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Brahms's First

March 20-22 8 PM

Herbert Blomstedt Conductor

Mozart Serenade in B-flat major ("Gran Partita")
Brahms Symphony No. 1

Brahms finally overcame his writer's block when it came to writing a symphony at the age of 43. The shadow of Beethoven loomed so ominously that the composer took decades to complete his First Symphony. This triumphal work has rightfully found its place among the masterpieces of the 19th-century repertoire. A season-long collection of serenades would not be complete without the work of Mozart, who transformed this casual, entertaining genre into truly a genuine and legitimate style. His "Gran Partita" for 12 winds and one double bass is modest in instrumentation but profound in its scope. Consisting of seven movements that vary from joyful dances to pensive adagios, the 40-minute work projects a depth similar to that of his symphonies and piano concertos. 

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Mozart's "Linz"

March 27 8 PM
March 28 2 PM

Donald Runnicles Conductor
Janine Jansen Violin

Britten Four Sea Interludes, from Peter Grimes
Britten Violin Concerto
Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Mozart Symphony No. 36 ("Linz")

Mozart's "Linz" Symphony was written in just five days and established the style of his late, final symphonies. But this program, led by Donald Runnicles, also celebrates the centenary of British composer Benjamin Britten. The program opens with the Four Sea Interludes from his opera Peter Grimes. These orchestral interludes--Dawn, Sunday Morning, Moonlight, Storm--stand on their own as vivid depictions of the British coast. Violinist Janine Jansen presents the composer's virtuosic Violin Concerto, written while in self-imposed exile in North America prior to the tumult of World War II. Arvo Pärt's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten was composed upon Britten's death. Simply scored for strings and a single chiming bell, this modest canon also reflects the style of Gregorian chant.

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Beethoven's Seventh

Thursday, April 3 8:00 PM
Friday, April 4 2:00 PM

Christoph von Dohnányi Conductor
Ricardo Morales Clarinet

Brahms Variations on a Theme of Haydn
Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Christoph von Dohnányi presents a program of German masterpieces. In his Symphony No. 7, Beethoven uses the smallest amount of material to craft a mighty symphony for the ages. From the emotive Allegretto of the second movement to the giddy Scherzo of the third movement and the noble finale, the Seventh stands as one of the most perfectly crafted works ever written. The success of Brahms’s Haydn Variations gave the composer the confidence to complete his long-awaited First Symphony. While the true origins and composer for “Haydn’s theme” may remain a mystery, Brahms transforms a simple, lilting melody into a tour-de-force for orchestra. Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales performs the jovial and virtuosic Clarinet Concerto No. 1 by Carl Maria von Weber, which was premiered in 1811, the same year as Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

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Bruckner's Final Symphony

Thursday, May 1 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 3 8:00 PM

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Lisa Batiashvili Violin

Barber Adagio for Strings
Bartók Violin Concerto No. 1
Bruckner Symphony No. 9

Did Bruckner sense that his Ninth Symphony would be his final work? After nine years of toil over the score, only three of the four movements were completed upon his death in 1896. A clear nod to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, also his last, Bruckner begins his Ninth Symphony in the same key of D minor. Likewise, the second movement of the Bruckner, like the Beethoven, is a blistering and powerful Scherzo. But instead of a rousing conclusion, Bruckner’s final symphony ends prematurely, and perhaps fittingly, with the third movement--an introspective and arresting Adagio.

The program opens with likely the most famous adagio ever written, Barber’s gripping Adagio for Strings, heard worldwide upon the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1, also unheard during the composer’s lifetime, was premiered in 1958, long after his death in 1945. The incomparable Lisa Batiashvili, one of Yannick’s favorite collaborators, brings life to this gritty and forceful piece.


*The Philadelphia Orchestra PECO POWER WEEK ends at noon on Sunday, December 15, 2013. All tickets are subject to availability. The PECO POWER WEEK Offer is valid for select Philadelphia Orchestra subscription concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. All artists, prices, and programs are subject to change. PECO POWER WEEK excludes the Academy of Music 157th Anniversary Concert (1/25), select holiday specials (12/20, 12/21, 1/4) and the following subscription concerts (1/12, 1/18, 2/1, 2/8, 2/14, 2/15, 2/23, 3/1, 3/13, 3/29, 4/5, 4/13, 4/25, 4/26, 5/8, 5/10), Family Concerts, and all Sound All Around Concerts during the 2013-14 season.