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7:30 PM

Free College Concert

7:30 PM, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Kensho Watanabe - Conductor
Coleman - Umoja, Anthem for Unity, for orchestra
Brahms - Symphony No. 2

6 PM: Festivities in the Kimmel Center 
Early arrival is strongly advised.

7:30 PM: Concert begins in Verizon Hall

You must present a valid full-time student ID as well as your printed ticket in order to be admitted into the concert.

Every year, a free concert just for college students kicks off The Philadelphia Orchestra's eZseatU program, which brings thousands of students to Verizon Hall to experience the famous Philadelphia Sound. 

 
8:00 PM

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Haochen Zhang - Piano
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Strauss - An Alpine Symphony

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 marked the composer's triumphant recovery from the disastrous premiere of his First Symphony. While some elements are familiar thanks to movie soundtracks and pop songs, the Concerto as a whole is a testament to Rachmaninoff's brilliance as a composer and pianist. Haochen Zhang is a worthy interpreter of this masterwork: Not yet 30, he's renowned for dazzling technique and thoughtful interpretation. Strauss's Alpine Symphony was inspired by a trek up a mountain, from pre-dawn darkness to deepening nightfall.

 
8:00 PM

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Haochen Zhang - Piano
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Strauss - An Alpine Symphony

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 marked the composer's triumphant recovery from the disastrous premiere of his First Symphony. While some elements are familiar thanks to movie soundtracks and pop songs, the Concerto as a whole is a testament to Rachmaninoff's brilliance as a composer and pianist. Haochen Zhang is a worthy interpreter of this masterwork: Not yet 30, he's renowned for dazzling technique and thoughtful interpretation. Strauss's Alpine Symphony was inspired by a trek up a mountain, from pre-dawn darkness to deepening nightfall.

 
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7:30 PM

All Mozart with Yannick

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Juliette Kang - Violin
Choong-Jin Chang - Viola
Mozart - Symphony No. 35 ("Haffner")
Mozart - Sinfonia concertante, for violin, viola, and orchestra
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Mozart - Symphony No. 40

Yannick leads an all-Mozart program displaying the seemingly infinite range of his musical gifts. The “Haffner” Symphony, named for the commissioning Salzburg family, began as a serenade, but Mozart tweaked and enhanced it into its present form, now recognized as a true breakthrough in his musical style. The Symphony No. 40, perhaps his most famous symphony, is also hailed as a turning point in composition.

 
 
8:00 PM

China Night

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Tan Dun - Conductor
Magdalena Baczewska - Piano
Dan Zhu - Violin
Nie Jiapeng - Cello
Guo Yazhi - Suona
Tan Weiwei - Vocalist
John Adams - The Chairman Dances, foxtrot for orchestra
Tan Dun - Triple Concerto, for piano, violin, and cello (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”)
Guan Xia - 100 Birds Flying Towards the Phoenix, for suona and orchestra
Ye Xiaogang - Selections from Cantonese Suite
Tan Weiwei - The Song Lines of China

The program will include music by Tan Dun and John Adams, as well as works celebrating Chinese musical culture.

 
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2:00 PM

All Mozart with Yannick

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Juliette Kang - Violin
Choong-Jin Chang - Viola
Mozart - Symphony No. 35 ("Haffner")
Mozart - Sinfonia concertante, for violin, viola, and orchestra
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Mozart - Symphony No. 40

Yannick leads an all-Mozart program displaying the seemingly infinite range of his musical gifts. The “Haffner” Symphony, named for the commissioning Salzburg family, began as a serenade, but Mozart tweaked and enhanced it into its present form, now recognized as a true breakthrough in his musical style. The Symphony No. 40, perhaps his most famous symphony, is also hailed as a turning point in composition.

 
 
8:00 PM

Yannick and Hélène

8:00 PM, Carnegie Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Hélène Grimaud - Piano
Coleman - Umoja, for orchestra -- PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA COMMISSION
Strauss - An Alpine Symphony
Bartók - Piano Concerto No. 3

Take a vividly orchestrated musical journey through the Alps and experience a majestic sunrise, a violent storm, awe-inspiring views from the peaks, and more. With nearly 130 instruments on stage—including wind and thunder machines—Strauss’s vivid portrait of nature’s beauty has visceral power. While Strauss scales the heights, Bartók’s concerto looks inward with gentle folk melodies, chorale-like themes, and episodes of bird song, as well as moments of dazzling bravura.

 
 
7:30 PM

Yannick and Mahler

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Louis Lortie - Piano
Schubert/Liszt - Wanderer Fantasy, for piano and orchestra
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Mahler - Symphony No. 5

Mahler summons a large orchestra to explore the full range of human emotions in his Fifth Symphony, a work that Yannick returns to with the Philadelphians for the first time in 9 years. Schubert himself struggled to play the Wanderer Fantasy. More than just a technical challenge, the piece is an ingenious set of variations on the composer's song “Der Wanderer,” transformed by Liszt into a rarely heard piano concerto. The four movements are played without a break, building intensity until the mesmerizing finale.

 
2:00 PM

Yannick and Mahler

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Louis Lortie - Piano
Schubert - Wanderer Fantasy, for piano and orchestra
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Mahler - Symphony No. 5

Mahler summons a large orchestra to explore the full range of human emotions in his Fifth Symphony, a work that Yannick returns to with the Philadelphians for the first time in 9 years. Schubert himself struggled to play the Wanderer Fantasy. More than just a technical challenge, the piece is an ingenious set of variations on the composer's song “Der Wanderer,” transformed by Liszt into a rarely heard piano concerto. The four movements are played without a break, building intensity until the mesmerizing finale.

 
10:00 AM

Sound All Around: Woodwinds

10:00 AM, Academy of Music Ballroom
Charlotte Blake Alston - Host and Storyteller
Socrates Villegas - Clarinet
Hugh Sung - Piano

Sound All Around, a concert series endowed in perpetuity by the Garrison Family Fund for Children’s Concerts, introduces young audience members to the joy of music through fun, engaging programs designed for 3–5 year olds. Each performance focuses on a different family of instruments, giving young music lovers an informal opportunity to listen to stories with live music performed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and get an up-close look at instruments. Concerts are 45 minutes and are hosted by award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston.

 
11:15 AM

Sound All Around: Woodwinds

11:15 AM, Academy of Music Ballroom
Charlotte Blake Alston - Host and Storyteller
Socrates Villegas - Clarinet
Hugh Sung - Piano

Sound All Around, a concert series endowed in perpetuity by the Garrison Family Fund for Children’s Concerts, introduces young audience members to the joy of music through fun, engaging programs designed for 3–5 year olds. Each performance focuses on a different family of instruments, giving young music lovers an informal opportunity to listen to stories with live music performed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and get an up-close look at instruments. Concerts are 45 minutes and are hosted by award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston.

 
8:00 PM

Yannick and Mahler

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Louis Lortie - Piano
Schubert - Wanderer Fantasy, for piano and orchestra
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Mahler - Symphony No. 5

Mahler summons a large orchestra to explore the full range of human emotions in his Fifth Symphony, a work that Yannick returns to with the Philadelphians for the first time in 9 years. Schubert himself struggled to play the Wanderer Fantasy. More than just a technical challenge, the piece is an ingenious set of variations on the composer's song “Der Wanderer,” transformed by Liszt into a rarely heard piano concerto. The four movements are played without a break, building intensity until the mesmerizing finale.

 
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10:00 AM

Sound All Around: Woodwinds

10:00 AM, Academy of Music Ballroom
Charlotte Blake Alston - Host and Storyteller
Socrates Villegas - Clarinet
Hugh Sung - Piano

Sound All Around, a concert series endowed in perpetuity by the Garrison Family Fund for Children’s Concerts, introduces young audience members to the joy of music through fun, engaging programs designed for 3–5 year olds. Each performance focuses on a different family of instruments, giving young music lovers an informal opportunity to listen to stories with live music performed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and get an up-close look at instruments. Concerts are 45 minutes and are hosted by award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston.

 
11:15 AM

Sound All Around: Woodwinds

11:15 AM, Academy of Music Ballroom
Charlotte Blake Alston - Host and Storyteller
Socrates Villegas - Clarinet
Hugh Sung - Piano

Sound All Around, a concert series endowed in perpetuity by the Garrison Family Fund for Children’s Concerts, introduces young audience members to the joy of music through fun, engaging programs designed for 3–5 year olds. Each performance focuses on a different family of instruments, giving young music lovers an informal opportunity to listen to stories with live music performed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and get an up-close look at instruments. Concerts are 45 minutes and are hosted by award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston.

 
 
 
7:30 PM

Brahms's Symphony No. 2

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Nathalie Stutzmann - Conductor
David Kim - Violin
Mendelssohn - Hebrides Overture
Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Brahms - Symphony No. 2

Max Bruch may have struggled to write it, but Concertmaster David Kim calls this violin concerto “the perfect combination of beautiful melodies and themes, virtuosic yet accessible.” Brahms's Second Symphony, possibly his most popular, is said to be his personal favorite as well. Its pastoral aura surely accounts for some of its appeal; but Brahms being Brahms, there is tension and drama as well, building to an extraordinary, triumphant finale. Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann returns to demonstrate her superb chemistry with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

 
8:00 PM

Brahms's Symphony No. 2

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Nathalie Stutzmann - Conductor
David Kim - Violin
Mendelssohn - Hebrides Overture
Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Brahms - Symphony No. 2

Max Bruch may have struggled to write it, but Concertmaster David Kim calls this violin concerto “the perfect combination of beautiful melodies and themes, virtuosic yet accessible.” Brahms's Second Symphony, possibly his most popular, is said to be his personal favorite as well. Its pastoral aura surely accounts for some of its appeal; but Brahms being Brahms, there is tension and drama as well, building to an extraordinary, triumphant finale. Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann returns to demonstrate her superb chemistry with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

 
11:30 AM

Halloween Spooktacular

11:30 AM, Verizon Hall
Aram Demirjian - Conductor
Williams - Excerpt from “Superman March,” from Superman
Prokofiev - “Masks,” from Romeo and Juliet
Williams - “Rey's Theme,” from Suite from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Falla - “Ritual Fire Dance,” from El amor brujo
Gounod - Funeral March of a Marionette
Kabalevsky - Galop, from The Comedians
Grieg - “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” from Peer Gynt
Tchaikovsky - “The Kingdom of the Sweets,” from The Nutcracker
Haydn - Excerpts from the second movement from Symphony No. 94 (“Surprise”)
Williams - “The Shark Theme,” from Jaws
Stravinsky - “Infernal Dance of King Kastcheï,” from The Firebird
Berlioz - “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath,” from Symphonie fantastique

Put on your best Halloween costume and the Orchestra will put on theirs! We've got plenty of musical treats to fill up your goodie bag. The Philadelphia Orchestra explores the spooky and the silly in this orchestral adventure, an annual audience favorite!

 
8:00 PM

Brahms's Symphony No. 2

8:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Nathalie Stutzmann - Conductor
David Kim - Violin
Mendelssohn - Hebrides Overture
Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Brahms - Symphony No. 2

Max Bruch may have struggled to write it, but Concertmaster David Kim calls this violin concerto “the perfect combination of beautiful melodies and themes, virtuosic yet accessible.” Brahms's Second Symphony, possibly his most popular, is said to be his personal favorite as well. Its pastoral aura surely accounts for some of its appeal; but Brahms being Brahms, there is tension and drama as well, building to an extraordinary, triumphant finale. Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann returns to demonstrate her superb chemistry with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

 
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7:30 PM

Taipei 1

7:30 PM, National Concert Hall, Taipei
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Seong-Jin Cho - Piano
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 1
Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)
 
7:30 PM

The Phantom of the Opera

7:30 PM, Verizon Hall
Peter Richard Conte - Organ
The Phantom of the Opera - (Silent Film with organ accompaniment)

The 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera is technically a silent movie … but not when the mighty Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ is unleashed! Verizon Hall's magnificent instrument creates the perfect soundtrack for this Hollywood classic, a tale of doomed love in the spooky confines of the Paris Opera House. Known for his performances on the legendary Wanamaker Organ, Peter Richard Conte is master of the keyboard for this special Halloween presentation.

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

 
 
 

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