Too pressed for time to enjoy a full-length classical concert? Late nights just don’t work with your busy schedule? Intimidated by the “seriousness” of classical music? Curious about some of your favorite musical works, but unsure how to brush up? We’ve got you covered! We’re kicking off 2015 with a new concert series, LiveNote Nights™, three earlier, shorter, and informative concerts that also offer audience members the chance to use our new LiveNote app for mobile devices.
Photo: Pete Checchia
“Our LiveNote Nights concert presentations continue our work to curate concerts that bring musical and extra-musical experiences to our audience in new and different ways,” said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Alison Vulgamore. “We want to provide all our listeners, from newcomers to seasoned concertgoers, with experiences at the intersection of their interests and lifestyles.”
The first program is January 14, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading the Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s stirring Fifth Symphony. Before he picks up his baton, Yannick will walk us through the highlights of the piece then lead his world-class ensemble in what’s sure to be a stunning rendition of this masterwork, a perfect showcase for the legendary Philadelphia Sound. While the music plays, you can check the LiveNote app for more background on the piece, synced to the performance. (Of course you can also just sit back, relax, and let Tchaikovsky’s genius transport you far, far away.)
When the piece concludes, the fun isn’t over! You’ll be able to mingle with the amazing musicians, and learn more about the music and how they bring it to life so wonderfully. All this in just 75 minutes! You’ll be on your way to dinner, home, or wherever, energized and enthralled by this wonderful Orchestra … and knowing just a bit more about Tchaikovsky and his music.
There are two more LiveNote concerts: On February 25 Robert Spano conducts Jennifer Higdon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Violin Concerto, with Benjamin Beilman as soloist. You’ll also get a brief trip to sunny Spain, courtesy of Debussy’s Iberia. Then on April 22 our principal guest conductor, Stéphane Denève, presents the world’s most famous tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet, in excerpts from the brilliant ballet score by Sergei Prokofiev.
All three concerts start at 6:30 PM and run about 75 minutes without an intermission. Come to one, come to all … but get your tickets now! (And don’t forget to download the LiveNote app on your mobile device!)
(Wait there’s more! Two of our LiveNote Nights feature our famous PlayINs, where dedicated amateur musicians get to play right alongside their Orchestra favorites. January is for flutists, April for brass players. Click here to learn more about PlayINs!)
To learn more about the LiveNote app, click here to read a story from WRTI.