On Wednesday, May 27, the Orchestra traveled by train from Berlin to Dortmund, where Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin became the Konzerthaus’s artist-in-residence at the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Since the venue opened in 2002, it has served as the home of the Dortmund Philharmonic. Photo by Jan Regan.
A winged rhinoceros is spotted outside of the Konzerthaus (they also appear throughout the city). The creature is the official animal of the hall, due to the rhino’s extraordinarily sensitive ear, making it the ideal emblem. Similar to a Pegasus, the winged rhino is considered to be the source of inspiration for ceaseless intellectual flights of fancy—hence, its wings. Photo by Jan Regan.
The Konzerthaus Dortmund was designed by Architekten Schröder Schulte-Ladbeck and was modeled after Vienna’s famous Musikverein (where the Orchestra visits next week). While the architectural details of Vienna’s hall, the putti and atlases, reflect the sound, the rounded walls of Dortmund’s hall create an almost ideal reverberation time for classical music. Photo by Jan Regan.
Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s woodwind sections perform the opening work on the program, Brahms’s Symphony No. 3: (l to r) flutist Loren Lind, Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales, Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner, and Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa. Photo by Jan Regan.
Following Emanuel Ax’s performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, which opened the second half of the concert, he and Yannick sit side-by-side for an encore of Brahms’s Waltz in A major, Op. 39, No. 15. Photo by Jan Regan.
Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen (right) and harpist Elizabeth Clark perform the final piece on the program, the Suite from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Photo by Jan Regan.
This concert was the Orchestra’s debut in Dortmund. Yannick was eager to bring his musicians to this hall, which he knows so well. Photo by Jan Regan.
The percussion and horn sections of the Orchestra bring all the glory of Strauss’s Suite from Der Rosenkavalier to a full and appreciative audience in Dortmund. Photo by Jan Regan.