Yannick with Gil Shaham

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Gil Shaham - Violin


Grieg - Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt

Bartók - Violin Concerto No. 2


Sibelius - Symphony No. 5

Friday, October 9, 2015

2:00 pm Verizon Hall

How do national pride and love of homeland influence a great artist? That's another theme of our season, beautifully launched with these three works. Yannick is joined by Gil Shaham, who has been captivating our audiences for more than 25 years. He brings his magnificent virtuosity to Bartók's post-Romantic Violin Concerto No. 2, infused with the sounds and colors of Hungarian folk tunes.

Eugene Ormandy famously brought the entire Philadelphia Orchestra to visit an aging Sibelius at his home during a 1955 tour. The Philadelphians gave the U.S. premiere of his dynamic Fifth Symphony, which Sibelius wrote in honor of his own 50th birthday (declared a national holiday by the Finnish government). The "swan hymn" in the melodic final movement depicts Sibelius's memory of 16 swans flying over his cabin outside Helsinki.

Grieg's popular and familiar Suite No. 1 from the Scandinavian fairy tale Peer Gynt is drawn from the incidental music composed for a play by his Norwegian countryman Henrik Ibsen. These are Grieg's own "greatest hits" picks!


Assistant Conductor, Lio Kuokman
Principal Timpani, Don S. Liuzzi

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