The Planets

Gianandrea Noseda - Conductor

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg - Violin

Women of the Philadelphia Singers Chorale

David Hayes - Music director


Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances for the Lute, Set 2

Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto


Holst - The Planets

Saturday, March 21, 2015

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

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Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has been a Philadelphia favorite ever since she debuted with the Orchestra at the age of 10; Yannick Nézet-Séguin calls her “one of the great ladies of the violin.” In this concert she joins conductor Gianandrea Noseda for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, one of the most popular works in the violin repertory. Opening the concert is Respighi’s Second Suite of Ancient Airs and Dances for the Lute, based on Italian and French music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Respighi puts a delightful 20th-century spin on the tunes; you may find it hard to resist the urge to dance. We end on a heavenly note, with Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite The Planets. The great English composer was a devotee of astrology, and he created the work to depict each planet’s influence on the human psyche.

program notes

Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Robert Cafaro and violinist Mei Ching Huang

Pre-Concert Conversations