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7:30 PM

National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Lü Jia - Conductor
Ning Feng - Violin
Gautier Capuçon - Cello
Zhao - Violin Concerto
Chen - Reflections of a Dissapearing Time, for cello and orchestra (U.S. premiere)
Brahms - Symphony No. 4

Welcome our cultural exchange partner, Bejing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra.

 
7:30 PM

Marsalis and The Planets

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Nicola Benedetti - Violin
Westminster Symphonic Choir - Women's chorus
Marsalis - Violin Concerto
INTERMISSION -
Holst - The Planets

That’s Wynton Marsalis, master of New Orleans jazz and classical trumpet. The sensational Nicola Benedetti has been raising the roof around the globe with the jazz-inspired Violin Concerto Marsalis wrote for her; this performance—her Philadelphia Orchestra subscription debut—highlights our multi-year exploration of American Sounds. And you may think you know Holst’s astrological work of art, The Planets, but it’s truly otherworldly experienced live, including an off stage women’s chorus. The women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir provide the ethereal voices, with our good friend Cristian Macelaru leading the musical forces.

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2:00 PM

Marsalis and The Planets

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Nicola Benedetti - Violin
Westminster Symphonic Choir - Women's chorus
Marsalis - Violin Concerto
INTERMISSION -
Holst - The Planets

That’s Wynton Marsalis, master of New Orleans jazz and classical trumpet. The sensational Nicola Benedetti has been raising the roof around the globe with the jazz-inspired Violin Concerto Marsalis wrote for her; this performance—her Philadelphia Orchestra subscription debut—highlights our multi-year exploration of American Sounds. And you may think you know Holst’s astrological work of art, The Planets, but it’s truly otherworldly experienced live, including an off stage women’s chorus. The women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir provide the ethereal voices, with our good friend Cristian Macelaru leading the musical forces.

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These concerts will be LiveNote enabled.

 
8:00 PM

Marsalis and The Planets

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Nicola Benedetti - Violin
Westminster Symphonic Choir - Women's chorus
Marsalis - Violin Concerto
INTERMISSION -
Holst - The Planets

That’s Wynton Marsalis, master of New Orleans jazz and classical trumpet. The sensational Nicola Benedetti has been raising the roof around the globe with the jazz-inspired Violin Concerto Marsalis wrote for her; this performance—her Philadelphia Orchestra subscription debut—highlights our multi-year exploration of American Sounds. And you may think you know Holst’s astrological work of art, The Planets, but it’s truly otherworldly experienced live, including an off stage women’s chorus. The women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir provide the ethereal voices, with our good friend Cristian Macelaru leading the musical forces.

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These concerts will be LiveNote enabled.

 
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7:30 PM

Bach and Bruckner

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
David Kim - Violin
Bach - Violin Concerto No. 2
INTERMISSION -
Bruckner - Symphony No. 8

Bruckner, says Yannick, is the only composer he feels as if he had conducted in a previous life. You’ll understand why he’s sealed his international reputation as a true Brucknerian when he leads the Orchestra in this epic symphony, the last the composer completed. It’s “the summit of his art,” says Yannick, with a final coda that conjures “all the bells of the world ringing at the same time.” A smaller ensemble and the “lovely turns” (New York Times) of concertmaster David Kim open the program with Bach’s airy and melodic Violin Concerto No. 2, an intimate contrast to Bruckner’s intricate masterpiece.

 
2:00 PM

Bach and Bruckner

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
David Kim - Violin
Bach - Violin Concerto No. 2
INTERMISSION -
Bruckner - Symphony No. 8

Bruckner, says Yannick, is the only composer he feels as if he had conducted in a previous life. You’ll understand why he’s sealed his international reputation as a true Brucknerian when he leads the Orchestra in this epic symphony, the last the composer completed. It’s “the summit of his art,” says Yannick, with a final coda that conjures “all the bells of the world ringing at the same time.” A smaller ensemble and the “lovely turns” (New York Times) of concertmaster David Kim open the program with Bach’s airy and melodic Violin Concerto No. 2, an intimate contrast to Bruckner’s intricate masterpiece.

 
8:00 PM

Bach and Bruckner

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
David Kim - Violin
Bach - Violin Concerto No. 2
INTERMISSION -
Bruckner - Symphony No. 8

Bruckner, says Yannick, is the only composer he feels as if he had conducted in a previous life. You’ll understand why he’s sealed his international reputation as a true Brucknerian when he leads the Orchestra in this epic symphony, the last the composer completed. It’s “the summit of his art,” says Yannick, with a final coda that conjures “all the bells of the world ringing at the same time.” A smaller ensemble and the “lovely turns” (New York Times) of concertmaster David Kim open the program with Bach’s airy and melodic Violin Concerto No. 2, an intimate contrast to Bruckner’s intricate masterpiece.

 
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7:30 PM

Haydn’s Seasons

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Regula Mühlemann - Soprano
Werner Güra - Tenor
Matthew Rose - Bass
Philadelphia Symphonic Choir - Mixed chorus
Haydn - The Seasons

“This is one of his greatest masterpieces,” says Yannick about Haydn’s The Seasons. “He put everything he had into that score.” From the first blush of spring to impending winter, Haydn’s exuberant oratorio, written close to the end of his life, encompasses a full year of living: sunrises and sunsets, a thundering storm, the wonder of nature and all the Earth’s creatures, sonorous calls to the hunt, and boisterous drinking songs. Yannick’s mission to bring great choral repertoire to Verizon Hall continues with gusto with what he calls Haydn’s “most touching work: grand scale and very full of life, joy, and hope.”

 
2:00 PM

Haydn’s Seasons

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Regula Mühlemann - Soprano
Werner Güra - Tenor
Matthew Rose - Bass
Philadelphia Symphonic Choir - Mixed chorus
Haydn - The Seasons

“This is one of his greatest masterpieces,” says Yannick about Haydn’s The Seasons. “He put everything he had into that score.” From the first blush of spring to impending winter, Haydn’s exuberant oratorio, written close to the end of his life, encompasses a full year of living: sunrises and sunsets, a thundering storm, the wonder of nature and all the Earth’s creatures, sonorous calls to the hunt, and boisterous drinking songs. Yannick’s mission to bring great choral repertoire to Verizon Hall continues with gusto with what he calls Haydn’s “most touching work: grand scale and very full of life, joy, and hope.”

 
10:00 AM

Sound All Around Strings

10:00 AM, Academy of Music Ballroom
Charlotte Blake Alston - Host and Storyteller
Kerri Ryan - Viola
The beautiful string family makes up the largest portion of the orchestra. Now you can explore this family of instruments up-close through sight and sound! It includes the violin, viola, cello, and double bass, as well as the harp, guitar, and ukulele. Sound is created on these instruments through the vibration of the strings when they are bowed, plucked, or strummed.
 
11:15 AM

Sound All Around Strings

11:15 AM, Academy of Music Ballroom
Charlotte Blake Alston - Host and Storyteller
Kerri Ryan - Viola
The beautiful string family makes up the largest portion of the orchestra. Now you can explore this family of instruments up-close through sight and sound! It includes the violin, viola, cello, and double bass, as well as the harp, guitar, and ukulele. Sound is created on these instruments through the vibration of the strings when they are bowed, plucked, or strummed.
 
8:00 PM

Haydn’s Seasons

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Regula Mühlemann - Soprano
Werner Güra - Tenor
Matthew Rose - Bass
Philadelphia Symphonic Choir - Mixed chorus
Haydn - The Seasons

“This is one of his greatest masterpieces,” says Yannick about Haydn’s The Seasons. “He put everything he had into that score.” From the first blush of spring to impending winter, Haydn’s exuberant oratorio, written close to the end of his life, encompasses a full year of living: sunrises and sunsets, a thundering storm, the wonder of nature and all the Earth’s creatures, sonorous calls to the hunt, and boisterous drinking songs. Yannick’s mission to bring great choral repertoire to Verizon Hall continues with gusto with what he calls Haydn’s “most touching work: grand scale and very full of life, joy, and hope.”

 
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10:00 AM

Sound All Around Strings

10:00 AM, Academy of Music Ballroom
Charlotte Blake Alston - Host and Storyteller
Kerri Ryan - Viola
The beautiful string family makes up the largest portion of the orchestra. Now you can explore this family of instruments up-close through sight and sound! It includes the violin, viola, cello, and double bass, as well as the harp, guitar, and ukulele. Sound is created on these instruments through the vibration of the strings when they are bowed, plucked, or strummed.
 
11:15 AM

Sound All Around Strings

11:15 AM, Academy of Music Ballroom
Charlotte Blake Alston - Host and Storyteller
Kerri Ryan - Viola
The beautiful string family makes up the largest portion of the orchestra. Now you can explore this family of instruments up-close through sight and sound! It includes the violin, viola, cello, and double bass, as well as the harp, guitar, and ukulele. Sound is created on these instruments through the vibration of the strings when they are bowed, plucked, or strummed.
 
 
 
 
8:00 PM

All American: Gershwin and Beyond

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
James Gaffigan - Conductor
Jon Kimura Parker - Piano
Gershwin - Promenade (Walking the Dog)
Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F
INTERMISSION -
Dvorak - Suite in A major for Orchestra ("American")
Barber - Symphony No. 1

Spend Thanksgiving weekend with The Philadelphia Orchestra and a program filled with American music.

 
8:00 PM

All American: Gershwin and Beyond

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
James Gaffigan - Conductor
Jon Kimura Parker - Piano
Gershwin - Promenade (Walking the Dog)
Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F
INTERMISSION -
Dvorak - Suite in A major for Orchestra ("American")
Barber - Symphony No. 1

This is a program of quintessential American music. Gershwin, the leading American composer of the Jazz Age, drew his inspiration from music halls and vaudeville. This is no more apparent than in his charming, jazzy Promenade and the rip-roaring Piano Concerto in F, performed with brio by our returning soloist and Gershwin specialist Jon Kimura Parker. Dvořák, on his visit to America in the 1890s, drew inspiration from folk songs and spirituals and incorporated original themes based on these melodies into his works. On the podium is James Gaffigan, one of the most important young American conductors today. Philadelphian Samuel Barber went on to become one of the most prominent musical figures in developing a new American romantic style.

 
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6:30 PM

FREE Giving Tuesday Concert

6:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Kensho Watanabe - Conductor
Peter Richard Conte - Organ
Hyun Jae Lim - Violin
Bizet - "Farandole," from L'Arlesienne, Suite No. 2
Guilmant - First movement from Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra
Korngold - First movement from Violin Concerto in D major
Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture
Saint-Saens - Finale from Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ")
Tchaikovsky - "Russian Dance," from The Nutcracker
Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe and the Fabulous Philadelphians will perform a FREE Giving Tuesday Concert to give back to the individuals and communities that so generously support the Orchestra all season long.

Pre-concert festivities for the Giving Tuesday Concert will begin at 5:00 PM in Commonwealth Plaza with the return of “ConductUS!”––a unique opportunity for audience members to conduct musicians from the Orchestra.
 
 
7:30 PM

Runnicles Conducts Mozart

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Donald Runnicles - Conductor
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Mozart - Symphony No. 38 ("Prague")
INTERMISSION -
Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel, Suite for Orchestra
Wagner - Overture to Tannhäuser

Frequent guest Donald Runnicles is an illustrious figure on opera podiums from San Francisco to New York to Berlin. This program highlights his mastery, from the fairy-tale charms of Hansel and Gretel to the powerful mythological romance of Tannhäuser. A renowned symphonic conductor as well, Maestro Runnicles will reveal all the charm and profundity of Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony. We open with Vaughan Williams’s 16th-century retrospective Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, featuring the uniquely lush Philadelphia strings.

 
 
 

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