Join Yannick and our Fabulous Philadelphians at the 2015 Opening Night Concert and Gala. Come join our shared revelry of incredible food, drink, and memorable music, all under the Kimmel Center's soaring roof of stars.
Manfred Honeck - Conductor
Christian Tetzlaff - Violin
Strauss - Overture to Die Fledermaus
Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 5
Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World")
Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut. The program features works by composers who were influenced by the music and spirit of foreign culture. Written during the Czech composer’s three-year stay in the U.S., Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony contains many influences of American folk music, spirituals, and landscapes. But it also contains a touch of nostalgia for his Czech homeland. His most popular symphony, its lush melodies and majestic conclusion have made it one of the most beloved works in the repertoire. Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, grand in structure and style, is punctuated in the final movement by a Turkish-style dervish. It’s a virtuosic challenge for any soloist. Viennese composer Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, originally based on a French stage comedy, is a sprightly, waltzing curtain raiser.