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8:00 PM

St. Matthew Passion

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall

Audiences were mesmerized when The Philadelphia Orchestra performed the work in 2013 for the first time in 30 years. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion premiered on Good Friday in 1727. Nearly 300 years later, Philadelphia audiences can experience the groundbreaking creation much as the original 18th-century audience did that Easter weekend. Recounting the New Testament story of Jesus Christ’s final days—from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion—Bach calls for large-scale forces and a divided orchestra. Renowned stage director James Alexander’s brilliant minimalist staging enhances the storytelling.

 
 
 
8:00 PM

St. Matthew Passion

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall

Recounting the New Testament story of Jesus Christ’s final days—from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion—Bach calls for large-scale forces and a divided orchestra.

 
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8:00 PM

Washington Performing Arts

8:00 PM, Washington Performing Arts, Kennedy Center Concert Hall, DC

Among the many orchestras Washington Performing Arts has presented over the decades, we’ve enjoyed the most enduring relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to the return of dynamic music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Washington Performing Arts audiences will have the opportunity to hear guest pianist Jan Lisiecki twice during the 2014-15 season: first, making his D.C. debut on our Hayes Piano Series, and then as the concerto soloist on this performance. Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 is a signature work for Nézet-Séguin.

 
5:30 PM

PlayIN at the Kimmel for BRASS

5:30 PM, The Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts

Amateur brass musicians of all abilities have the opportunity to perform alongside the magnificent members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. While participation in the PlayINs is limited and is by registration, the public is always welcome to attend these free events. Additional information can be found at www.philorch.org/playin.

 
 
2:00 PM

Beethoven and Mozart

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall

Our Beethoven cycle continues with his Symphony No. 4. Classically inspired, this witty and brilliant work shows the composer’s mastery of the symphony. Mozart’s Symphony in D major is drawn from movements of his “Posthorn” Serenade, which derived its title from a posthorn solo—a predecessor to the modern French horn. Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture, written for the opening of a theater in Vienna, was inspired by Beethoven’s studies of Bach and Handel and shows clears signs of their influence.

 
8:00 PM

Beethoven and Mozart

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall

Our Beethoven cycle continues with his Symphony No. 4. Classically inspired, this witty and brilliant work shows the composer’s mastery of the symphony. Mozart’s Symphony in D major is drawn from movements of his “Posthorn” Serenade, which derived its title from a posthorn solo—a predecessor to the modern French horn. Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture, written for the opening of a theater in Vienna, was inspired by Beethoven’s studies of Bach and Handel and shows clears signs of their influence.

 
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8:00 PM

Peter and the Wolf (with Film)

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall

This is not your childhood version of Peter and the Wolf! Prokofiev's famous score is performed live with Suzie Templeton's dark, edgy, and "visually arresting" (New York Times) animated short film, winner of the 2008 Academy Award. Our fiery principal guest conductor, Stéphane Denève also brings his flair and French expertise to works by Roussel, Poulenc, and Saint-Saëns, including Carnival of the Animals performed by the incredible twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton. Rediscover your youth with this collection of distinctly grown-up fairy tales!

 
2:00 PM

Peter and the Wolf (with Film)

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall

Rediscover your youth with this collection of grown-up fairy tales. You’ll remember Peter and the Wolf from your first concert experiences. Now enjoy Peter & the Wolf Live the 2008 Oscar® Winner - Best Animated Short Film, directed by Suzie Templeton. The claymation presentation is set in modern times, with a new and edgy interpretation, including a dark wolf who will surprise the big kid in all of us.. Roussel’s Spider’s Feast comes from a ballet with a grim plot: Insects are trapped in a spider’s web, but before it can eat them, a praying mantis comes along and eats the spider.

 
6:00 PM

Perfect Harmony 2015

6:00 PM, The Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park

Join us on this special night as you dine and rub elbows with your favorite Philadelphia Orchestra musicians in a spectacular setting. Participate in a one-of-a-kind silent and live auction, where most of the items have been donated by our Fabulous Philadelphians!

For more information or to be added to the Perfect Harmony 2015 invitation list, please contact the Volunteer Relations Office at 215.893.3124 or kklaverkamp@philorch.org.

 
11:30 AM

Peter and the Wolf

11:30 AM, Verizon Hall

Close friend and Orchestra collaborator, conductor Stéphane Denève leads a program featuring Peter and the Wolf, Sergei Prokofiev’s musical tale that has entertained and educated audiences for nearly 80 years.

 
8:00 PM

Peter and the Wolf (with Film)

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall

Rediscover your youth with this collection of grown-up fairy tales. You’ll remember Peter and the Wolf from your first concert experiences. Now enjoy Peter & the Wolf Live the 2008 Oscar® Winner - Best Animated Short Film, directed by Suzie Templeton. The claymation presentation is set in modern times, with a new and edgy interpretation, including a dark wolf who will surprise the big kid in all of us.. Roussel’s Spider’s Feast comes from a ballet with a grim plot: Insects are trapped in a spider’s web, but before it can eat them, a praying mantis comes along and eats the spider.

 
10:00 PM

Young Friends Event

10:00 PM, Bar Volver

Meet and mingle with Philadelphia Orchestra musicians as well as fellow Young Friends post-concert at Bar Volvér! Enjoy a complimentary drink and happy hour specials such as $10 cocktails, $1 tartines, and $2 oysters with other Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Space for this event is limited, a Young Friends ticket purchse for this concert is required for entrance.

 
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6:30 PM

LiveNote Nights: Denève

6:30 PM, Verizon Hall

Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève leads the third LiveNote™ Nights concert on Wednesday, April 22, in a program of excerpts from Prokofiev’s indelible 20th-century interpretation of the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet.

 
8:00 PM

Romeo and Juliet

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall

This concert explores the unknown worlds of distant stars, buried ruins of a past civilization beneath our feet, and the depths of our inner souls and passions. Conductor Stéphane Denève is a strong proponent of John Williams, the most prolifically heard 20th-century composer but performed here for the first time on a subscription concert.

 
2:00 PM

Romeo and Juliet

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall

This concert explores the unknown worlds of distant stars, buried ruins
of a past civilization beneath our feet, and the depths of our inner souls
and passions. Conductor Stéphane Denève is a strong proponent of John
Williams, the most prolifically heard 20th-century composer but performed
here for the first time on a subscription concert.

 
8:00 PM

Romeo and Juliet

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall

This concert explores the unknown worlds of distant stars, buried ruins
of a past civilization beneath our feet, and the depths of our inner souls
and passions. Conductor Stéphane Denève is a strong proponent of John
Williams, the most prolifically heard 20th-century composer but performed
here for the first time on a subscription concert.

 
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8:00 PM

Bernstein's MASS

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, sure to be the theatrical highlight of our season! While the legendary composer and conductor employed many of the elements of a traditional Mass, he also drew upon his Broadway experience, as well as other religious and popular genres. A battalion of musical forces are deployed to realize Bernstein’s vision, including the Orchestra both onstage and in the pit, a rock band, a cast of Broadway vocalists, and multiple choirs, along with theatrical elements that will fill Verizon Hall with a spiritual, ecumenical experience.

The spiritual center of MASS is the Celebrant, disillusioned by the doubts of his community, who goes through a crisis of faith en route to eventual reconciliation and peace. MASS speaks to universal questions of community, faith, and personal responsibility for each other. These performances will be a musical and theatrical experience and a true destination concert for audiences and participants alike.

View the full cast list here.

 
 
 

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