The Complete Firebird

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Hilary Hahn - Violin

program

Bizet - Suite No. 1 from Carmen

Vieuxtemps - Violin Concerto No. 4

INTERMISSION

Stravinsky - The Firebird (complete ballet)

Friday, December 4, 2015

2:00 pm Verizon Hall

We journey through France this weekend, beginning with the fiery Suite No. 1 from Carmen. Yannick made his galvanizing Metropolitan Opera debut in 2009 conducting "a bracing, fleet and fresh account" (The New York Times) of Bizet's most famous opera. Sure, the setting is in Seville, but composer, libretto, and racy themes are all French, through and through.

The prodigiously talented and award-laden Hilary Hahn has made the music of Vieuxtemps--who studied composition in Paris--a staple of her repertoire. Hahn brings her "rare combination of vulnerability and daring" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) to the Romantic and virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 4.

Stravinsky was consummately Russian but Paris was the place to be in 1910. The ambitious 28-year-old composer so wanted to be a part of it that he was working on music for Sergei Diaghilev's new ballet based on a Russian fairy tale even before the impresario offered him the job. The Ballets Russes production of The Firebird propelled Stravinsky to international fame and launched one of the most revolutionary artistic collaborations ever. If you're accustomed to hearing one of the Firebird suites--with a smaller orchestra and shorter selection of pieces--prepare to love the breathtaking, complete score, with the original enlarged orchestra, building to the grand finale.

[/a] Please note LiveNote will be enabled on Stravinsky’s Firebird during this performance. For more information please visit [a href="http://www.philorch.org/livenote">www.philorch.org/livenote.

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