Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève leads two weeks of concerts inspired by both Leopold Stokowski, music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Dr. Albert C. Barnes, founder of the Barnes Foundation. They were cultural pioneers, bringing the latest in art and music to Philadelphia in the early 1900s and presenting it in bold, new ways.
This first program features two Stokowski orchestrations: “Adoramus te Christe” by Palestrina (a composer Barnes felt affinity for) and Debussy's “The Sunken Cathedral.” Concertmaster David Kim solos in Chausson's elegant Poème, and Debussy's La Mer paints an indelible picture of the sea.
During the concert, actors will perform as Barnes and Stokowski in brief theatrical scenes that will take place between pieces. “The Artful Titans,” written and directed by Didi Balle and based on intensive historical research, will bring to life the multi-faceted relationship between Barnes and Stokowski in which they debated art and music. The stage will be framed by scenic elements and projections of art from the Barnes collection.
Arrive early and enjoy lobby displays featuring letters, photos, and programs, curated by local historian Jack McCarthy, on view in the Kimmel Center lobby during the concert dates.
Additional details about festival events surrounding both concert weekends can be found here