Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas - Conductor

program

Ives - "Decoration Day," from A Symphony: New England Holidays

Brahms - Serenade No. 2

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Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 2 ("Little Russian")

Saturday, February 20, 2016

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

Conductor James Levine regrets that he must withdraw from his upcoming guest conducting engagement with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As recently reported by The New York Times, Levine is currently undergoing a modification of his medical regimen to minimize adverse physical effects of Parkinson’s disease. Results of his recent therapy are positive, but the physical demands of travel, rehearsal and concert performance would be detrimental to his current medical treatment.



Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony, has graciously agreed to conduct the concerts in honor of his great affection for Levine and his close relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Thomas has been on a scheduled composing break and has completed his work early, allowing him the flexibility to step in on short notice. “I am a great admirer of Jim’s unmatched musicianship and wish him all good health and speedy return to the podium,” says Thomas.



The program now features Ives’s “Decoration Day,” from A Symphony: New England Holidays and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 (“Little Russian”). Brahms’s Serenade No. 2 remains unchanged.



The Philadelphia Orchestra is deeply grateful that Paul Jacobs has agreed to reschedule his performance of Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”) for November 17-19, 2016, to coincide with his world premiere performances of Christopher Rouse’s Organ Concerto. That program, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, will be led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.



“On behalf of the musicians and staff of The Philadelphia Orchestra, we extend our best wishes to Maestro James Levine,” said President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “We were eagerly anticipating his return to Philadelphia after 20 years, but his health is the utmost importance, and we understand the complications of his current medical treatment. I am grateful to Michael Tilson Thomas, an artist who continues to create deep musical connections with the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra, for stepping in to lead these concerts. We also thank Paul Jacobs for agreeing to reschedule his performance of the ‘Organ’ Symphony, and look forward to experiencing his artistry next November.”

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