Meet the biggest string instrument we have! While violins and cellos are easy to notice, the bass section is always at the back of the stage. Join us and meet one of our bass players, Nathaniel West, and learn all about that bass!
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Yo-Yo Ma - Cello
Williams - Tributes! For Seiji
Williams - Cello Concerto
Debussy - "Clouds" and "Festivals," from Nocturnes
Musorgsky/arr. & orch Stokowski - Pictures from an Exhibition
The phenomenal cello master Yo-Yo Ma kicks off a two-week celebration of John Williams's music for concert hall and film. Williams wrote the Cello Concerto specifically for Ma, at the suggestion of Seiji Ozawa. That legendary conductor is celebrated in our opening piece, Williams's Tributes! For Seiji, written in honor of Ozawa's 25th anniversary with the Boston Symphony. Next, two excerpts from one of Debussy's most popular works, "Clouds" and "Festivals" from Nocturnes, inspired by Whistler's series of Impressionist paintings by the same name. We remain in our imaginary art museum for our finale: Pictures from an Exhibition. It began life as a cycle of piano pieces by Modest Musorgsky, and is normally heard in an orchestration by Maurice Ravel. Here, Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève presents Leopold Stokowski's setting, showcasing the unmistakable Philadelphia Sound. If you haven't heard this version before, think of it as a new frame for a favorite picture!