St. Petersburg Festival 3: Shostakovich

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Kirill Gerstein - Piano


Beethoven - Symphony No. 5


Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich - Selections from Suite from the film The Gadfly

Friday, January 30, 2015

2:00 pm Verizon Hall

Beethoven’s life-affirming Fifth Symphony was on the program when The Philadelphia Orchestra played its very first concert in 1900. It’s a work that will never stop resonating, from the opening knock of fate to the heroic, triumphant conclusion. Pairing the works of Beethoven and Shostakovich has been a multi-season theme and this program matches Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 with two works by the Russian master. The exceptional Russian-born Kirill Gerstein performs the Piano Concerto No. 2, a percussive piece used in modern times to tell the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier in Disney’s Fantasia 2000. Completing the program: Yannick’s own selections from Shostakovich’s sumptuous score for the Soviet film The Gadfly.

Please join us immediately following the concert for a Chamber Postlude, featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Brahms Piano Quartet, Op. 60

Kimberly Fisher Violin

Kirsten Johnson Viola

John Koen Cello

Mark Livshits Piano

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Paul Arnold, Philadelphia Orchestra violinist

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