Welcome our cultural exchange partner, Bejing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Don Liuzzi - Timpani
Ricardo Morales - Clarinet
Bernstein - Three Dances from Fancy Free
Wright - Resounding Drums, for timpani and orchestra (Philadelphia Orchestra commission—world premiere)
Leshnoff - Clarinet Concerto (Philadelphia Orchestra commission—world premiere)
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 7
Glimpse the future of the Philadelphia Sound as Yannick and the Orchestra continue their proud tradition of commissioning new works for its principal players. These concerts feature world-premiere showpieces for two more of our outstanding principals: Ricardo Morales performing a new Clarinet Concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff ("I'm mesmerized by his melodic style," says Morales), and Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi with, yes, a timpani concerto (from Temple University's Maurice Wright). Liuzzi says he normally loves blending into the famous Philadelphia Sound, but "when it's time to play big, I'll play big!" Ricardo and Don share the stage with Leonard Bernstein's suite from his ballet Fancy Free and the program concludes with Sergei Prokofiev's final symphony, his mighty Seventh, given its U.S. premiere by the Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy. Good company!
Media support for the April 14 performance is provided by WRTI.