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.
The second half of the program promises to be no less exciting: Yannick leads the Philadelphians in Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. It’s simply, well, fantastic, a stunning musical realization of a bizarre tale, perfectly suited to the Orchestra’s extraordinary sound and superb musicianship.
If you haven’t had the chance to try the Orchestra’s LiveNote service, this concert is a perfect opportunity. LiveNote works with your mobile device as you enjoy the performance in Verizon Hall, adding perspectives and insights to make the music even more enjoyable.
And all this is only the beginning! Coming up: Mozart’s glorious Mass in C minor (September 29-October 2), with what Yannick calls “some of his most profound music”; the annual Opening Night Gala on September 30; the Philadelphia Orchestra debut of young cellist Stéphane Tétreault, performing Saint-Saëns on a Stradivarius cello (October 7-8). It’s a season full of musical wonders, with a three-week Parisian festival (and a Gallic flavor throughout; Chopin, a Polish expat in Paris, is a perfect example), plus everyone from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff to new commissions, magnificent soloists and conductors, and the priceless Philadelphia Sound.
See you in Verizon Hall!
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2016-17 subscription season begins Thursday, September 22, at 8 PM. The concert is repeated on Friday at 2 PM and again on Saturday at 8 PM. For tickets and more information, please click here. LiveNote was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.