Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Lang Lang - Piano
Saint-Saëns - “Bacchanale,” from Samson and Delilah
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453
Strauss - An Alpine Symphony
Friday, September 26, 2014
Philadelphia favorite and Curtis Institute of Music graduate Lang Lang brings his international star power and dazzling virtuosity to Verizon Hall with Mozart’s buoyant Piano Concerto No. 17. A frequent guest with the Fabulous Philadelphians, the Chinese pianist regularly proves why the New York Times has called him “the hottest artist on the classical music planet.”
Dominating the program is Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony. A massive work calling for 125 players including wind and thunder machines, cowbells, and an offstage brass ensemble, Strauss’s masterpiece transports listeners to his beloved Alps for a full day of breathtaking mountain climbing from sunrise to the summit, from a ferocious thunderstorm to a treacherous descent. The Bavarian-born composer will be featured prominently during the 2014-15 season in honor of the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Also marking a milestone this season: Yannick. In honor of his 40th birthday, programs throughout the year will highlight works the Philadelphians haven’t performed on subscription in his lifetime. These opening concerts will feature three works not performed in over 40 years—all selected by you, the audience, by voting through electronic and social media.
We invite you to visit our newly installed Musician Portrait Galleries while at your concert this weekend. The galleries are located on the First and Second Tiers of the Kimmel Center. The musicians of the Orchestra were given the Philadelphia Orchestra Award in 2012, in recognition of the exemplary contributions they have made to The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and these galleries are the Association's gift to them.