Beloved by generations of families, host Charlotte Blake Alston leads the audience on a journey of daring drama and scintillating sounds, where you are the story’s hero.
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos - Conductor
Lise de la Salle - Piano
Beethoven - Overture to King Stephen
Beethoven - Symphony No. 8
Liszt - Piano Concerto No. 2
Respighi - The Pines of Rome
Perennial audience favorite Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos made his Philadelphia Orchestra (and United States) debut in 1969. This program kicks off a two-week residency, the second of which includes his 150th performance with the Orchestra in Philadelphia. Each season Maestro Frühbeck brings programs that delight and inspire the most exceptional music-making from our Fabulous Philadelphians. This program builds to a boisterous close with Respighi’s epic tone poem The Pines of Rome. This piece is a feast of sound as the orchestra is augmented by organ, a battery of percussion, recorded bird calls, and antiphonal brass choirs throughout the hall. It is a wonderful contrast to the light and humorous Eighth Symphony of Beethoven. The exceptional pianist Lise de la Salle makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut with Liszt’s impassioned Piano Concerto No. 2.
Lise de la Salle, Pianist, and Davyd Booth, Philadelphia Orchestra ViolinistPre-Concert Conversations