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2:00 PM

Organ and Brass Christmas

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Brass Section
Peter Richard Conte - Organ
Erina Yashima - Conductor
Holst - Christmas Day
Leontovich - “Carol of the Bells”
Traditional - “O Christmas Tree”
Martin - “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Dethier - Excerpt from Variations on “Adeste fideles”
Traditional - “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
Biebl - “Ave Maria”
Tchaikovsky - Selections from The Nutcracker
Gabrieli - Canzon in Double Echo
J.S. Bach - “Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring”
Hammerschmidt - “Machet die Tore weit”
Holst - Three Christmas Carols
Vaughn Williams - Fantasia on “Greensleeves”
Traditional - “Santa Claus Polka”
Libman - "Oy to the World”
Anderson - A Christmas Festival

Hark the herald trumpets (and horns, trombones, and tuba) sing! The unmatched sound and musicality of The Philadelphia Orchestra's legendary brass section usher in the holiday season on a high note. And the glory of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ adds another heavenly voice to this collection of treasured Christmas music, with master organist Peter Richard Conte at the keyboard for this festive presentation.

Please note: The Philadelphia Orchestra does not perform on this concert.

 
 
 
 
7:30 PM

Bach’s Mass in B minor

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Carolyn Sampson - Soprano
Karen Cargill - Mezzo-soprano
Jonas Hacker - Tenor
Benjamin Appl - Baritone
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller - Director
Bach - Mass in B minor

This work of towering musicality and deep spirituality is a fitting summation of J.S. Bach's epochal career; he finished it the year before he died. It's “above and beyond every piece of music that's been created for liturgical purposes,” says Yannick Nézet-Séguin. A setting of the complete Latin Mass, it demands superlatives, at the same time rendering them inadequate.

 
2:00 PM

Bach’s Mass in B minor

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Carolyn Sampson - Soprano
Karen Cargill - Mezzo-soprano
Jonas Hacker - Tenor
Benjamin Appl - Baritone
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller - Director
Bach - Mass in B minor

This work of towering musicality and deep spirituality is a fitting summation of J.S. Bach's epochal career; he finished it the year before he died. It's “above and beyond every piece of music that's been created for liturgical purposes,” says Yannick Nézet-Séguin. A setting of the complete Latin Mass, it demands superlatives, at the same time rendering them inadequate.

 
8:00 PM

Bach’s Mass in B minor

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Carolyn Sampson - Soprano
Karen Cargill - Mezzo-soprano
Jonas Hacker - Tenor
Benjamin Appl - Baritone
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller - Director
Bach - Mass in B minor

This work of towering musicality and deep spirituality is a fitting summation of J.S. Bach's epochal career; he finished it the year before he died. It's “above and beyond every piece of music that's been created for liturgical purposes,” says Yannick Nézet-Séguin. A setting of the complete Latin Mass, it demands superlatives, at the same time rendering them inadequate.

 
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7:30 PM

Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Leonidas Kavakos - Violin
Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No. 1
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Marsalis - Blues Symphony

Pulitzer Prize-winner Wynton Marsalis switches from jazz band to symphony orchestra for his Blues Symphony. “Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance,” says Marsalis, and he uses the classic 12-bar musical form as the basis for this work, which celebrates all types of American and African-American music, from spirituals to ragtime, from marches to bluegrass. This Philadelphia premiere is conducted by our long-time friend Cristian Macelaru. Shostakovich's emotional First Violin Concerto reveals the pure power and technical prowess of orchestra and soloist.

 
2:00 PM

Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Leonidas Kavakos - Violin
Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No. 1
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Marsalis - Blues Symphony

Pulitzer Prize-winner Wynton Marsalis switches from jazz band to symphony orchestra for his Blues Symphony. “Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance,” says Marsalis, and he uses the classic 12-bar musical form as the basis for this work, which celebrates all types of American and African-American music, from spirituals to ragtime, from marches to bluegrass. This Philadelphia premiere is conducted by our long-time friend Cristian Macelaru. Shostakovich's emotional First Violin Concerto reveals the pure power and technical prowess of orchestra and soloist.

 
11:30 AM

Christmas Kids' Spectacular (sold out)

11:30 AM, Verizon Hall
Aram Demirjian - Conductor
Charlotte Blake Alston - Narrator
The Rock School for Dance Education
Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff - Directors
Garden State Girlchoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir
Dr. Elizabeth Parker - Artistic Director
Coleridge-Taylor - Christmas Overture
Tchaikovsky - Selections from The Nutcracker
Rouse - “Little March of the Three Kings,” from Karolju
Bizet - “Farandole,” from L'Arlésienne
Williams - “Somewhere in My Memory,” from Home Alone
Bass - The Night Before Christmas
Various - A Holly and Jolly Sing-Along
Anderson - Sleigh Ride

It's the start of the holiday season! Join us for a festive celebration of all your favorite Christmas sounds and sing-alongs. Listen closely for those jingle bells, too—you never know who might pay a special visit to Verizon Hall. Reserve your tickets today!

 
8:00 PM

Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Leonidas Kavakos - Violin
Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No. 1
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Marsalis - Blues Symphony

Pulitzer Prize-winner Wynton Marsalis switches from jazz band to symphony orchestra for his Blues Symphony. “Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance,” says Marsalis, and he uses the classic 12-bar musical form as the basis for this work, which celebrates all types of American and African-American music, from spirituals to ragtime, from marches to bluegrass. This Philadelphia premiere is conducted by our long-time friend Cristian Macelaru. Shostakovich's emotional First Violin Concerto reveals the pure power and technical prowess of orchestra and soloist.

 
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7:30 PM

Vienna Boys Choir—Christmas in Vienna

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
The Vienna Boys Choir

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.

 
 
 
 
7:00 PM

The Glorious Sound of Christmas®

7:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Bramwell Tovey - Conductor and Piano
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
John Leonard - Acting Artistic Director
Traditional - “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Mendelssohn - “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on “Greensleeves”
Traditional - “Personent hodie”
Niles - “I Wonder as I Wander”
Leontovich - “Carol of the Bells”
Schubert - “Ave Maria”
Hairston - “Mary's Boy Child”
Moore - “The Night Before Christmas,” a poem with music
Prokofiev - “Troika,” from Lieutenant Kijé
Anderson - Sleigh Ride
Gruber - “Silent Night”
Traditional - “Deck the Halls”
Tovey - “The Rittenhouse Carol”
Pierpont - Jingle Bells Overture
Traditional - “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”
Wade - “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

The Glorious Sound of Christmas has been a Philadelphia Orchestra tradition since the Philadelphians and Eugene Ormandy released the now-iconic recording in 1962. Make these concerts part of your holiday tradition with these jubilant and family-friendly concerts.

 
7:00 PM

The Glorious Sound of Christmas®

7:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Bramwell Tovey - Conductor and Piano
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
John Leonard - Acting Artistic Director
Traditional - “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Mendelssohn - “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on “Greensleeves”
Traditional - “Personent hodie”
Niles - “I Wonder as I Wander”
Leontovich - “Carol of the Bells”
Schubert - “Ave Maria”
Hairston - “Mary's Boy Child”
Moore - “The Night Before Christmas,” a poem with music
Prokofiev - “Troika,” from Lieutenant Kijé
Anderson - Sleigh Ride
Gruber - “Silent Night”
Traditional - “Deck the Halls”
Tovey - “The Rittenhouse Carol”
Pierpont - Jingle Bells Overture
Traditional - “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”
Wade - “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

The Glorious Sound of Christmas has been a Philadelphia Orchestra tradition since the Philadelphians and Eugene Ormandy released the now-iconic recording in 1962. Make these concerts part of your holiday tradition with these jubilant and family-friendly concerts.

 
7:00 PM

The Glorious Sound of Christmas®

7:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Bramwell Tovey - Conductor and Piano
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
John Leonard - Acting Artistic Director
Traditional - “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Mendelssohn - “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on “Greensleeves”
Traditional - “Personent hodie”
Niles - “I Wonder as I Wander”
Leontovich - “Carol of the Bells”
Schubert - “Ave Maria”
Hairston - “Mary's Boy Child”
Moore - “The Night Before Christmas,” a poem with music
Prokofiev - “Troika,” from Lieutenant Kijé
Anderson - Sleigh Ride
Gruber - “Silent Night”
Traditional - “Deck the Halls”
Tovey - “The Rittenhouse Carol”
Pierpont - Jingle Bells Overture
Traditional - “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”
Wade - “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

The Glorious Sound of Christmas has been a Philadelphia Orchestra tradition since the Philadelphians and Eugene Ormandy released the now-iconic recording in 1962. Make these concerts part of your holiday tradition with these jubilant and family-friendly concerts.

 
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2:00 PM

Messiah

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Jane Glover - Conductor
Susanna Phillips - Soprano
Paula Murrihy - Mezzo-soprano
Jonas Hacker - Tenor
Henry Waddington - Bass-baritone
Philadelphia Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller - Director
Handel - Messiah

Shortly after sending Handel his libretto for a new oratorio, Charles Jennens wrote to a friend, hoping that the composer “will lay out his whole genius and skill upon it.” In 24 days of feverish writing, Handel did just that, creating his immortal Messiah. Pioneering conductor and Handel expert Jane Glover brings her decades of experience with opera and Baroque music back to the Kimmel Center for our holiday presentation of this masterwork, with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir joining the Orchestra for a revelatory performance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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7:30 PM

New Year's Eve

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Bramwell Tovey - Conductor
Gershwin - “Strike Up the Band,” from Strike Up the Band
Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio espagnol
Tchaikovsky - White Swan Pas de Deux, from Swan Lake
Anderson - Belle of the Ball
Anderson - Forgotten Dreams
Anderson - Bugler's Holiday
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5
Mahler - Blumine
J. Strauss, Jr. - “Emperor” Waltz
J. Strauss, Jr. - “Künstler” Quadrille
J. Strauss, Jr. - Perpetuum mobile
J. Strauss, Jr. & Josef Strauss - “Pizzicato” Polka
J. Strauss, Jr. - “Champagne” Polka
J. Strauss, Jr. - “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” Waltz

The popular Bramwell Tovey returns, bringing his inimitable flair and irrepressible joy to our New Year's Eve concert. Bring on the bubbly and ring in 2020 with the Fabulous Philadelphians.

 
 
 
 
 

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