Christmas in Vienna showcases the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs, and holiday favorites.
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Palestrina/orch. Stokowski - "Adoramus te"
Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin
Stravinsky - Suite from Pulcinella
Bach/orch. Stokowski - Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor
Bach/orch. Stokowski - Fugue in G minor (“Little”)
Bach/orch. Stokowski - Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Leopold Stokowski, known for his long association with The Philadelphia Orchestra, was a cultural pioneer, bringing the latest in art and music to Philadelphia in the early 1900s and presenting it in bold, new ways—most notably his incredible interpretations of famous baroque works.
This robust program features Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D, which has become a vastly popular piece, especially in the horror genre, and has been prevalent in pop culture since well before the sound film era. Although it has been a revered work in the classical cannon for more than a century, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D saw renewed popularity from an arrangement by Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra used in the 1940 animated film Fantasia.