BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 5 & 6

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

program

Beethoven - Symphony No. 5

INTERMISSION - Intermission

Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral")

Saturday, May 16, 2020

8:00 pm Verizon Hall
Yannick reprises a highlight of our season's Beethoven celebration for a special, one-night-only performance of two masterpieces. The indelible four-note opening of the Fifth Symphony lays the foundation for a truly fateful symphonic journey. Written in 1804, and on the program when The Philadelphia Orchestra gave its first concert in 1900, it's an epic tour de force that resonates in 2020. Following its rousing conclusion come the verdant valleys and sweet smells of the woods and the Austrian countryside, an exposition of Beethoven's love of nature. Composed and premiered at the same time, the “Pastoral” offers a striking contrast to the assertive Fifth.
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