CYBER MONDAY SALE
INCREDIBLE SAVINGS FOR CYBER MONDAY
Today only (11/30/16) most tickets for the 2015-16 season are on sale!
Get 3 concerts for $99
$49.50 individual tickets with no additional fees
Plan ahead for that special someone this holiday season and give the gift of music!
Take advantage of this offer and find seats to over 12 concert weekends. Tickets priced $49.50 include all fees and are available on the Orchestra floor, in the Orchestra Tier, Tier 1, and Tier 2.
Please note that concert restrictions as well as seating restrictions apply. Quantities are limited by performance and are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to availability. No individual fees will be charged for tickets that are $49.50. A $20 processing fee applies to all 3-concert packages. This is an online offer.
Please note that we expect high volume and long wait times when ordering by phone at 215.893.1999. This offer does not include Family or Sound All Around concerts or the Academy of Music 159th Anniversary Concert. Offer is not retroactive. All artists, programs, and prices subject to change. Sections not included in this offer are Front Orchestra, Orchestra 1, Conductor's Circle, Tier 1 Boxes, Orchestra Boxes, Tier 3, and Tier 3 Boxes.
Back by popular demand, the multi-talented Bramwell Tovey (he's a Grammy-winning conductor, composer, pianist, and narrator) is coming to town, full of holiday merriment.
Born out of the holidays when a group of Senate staffers were
planning entertainment for a Christmas party, the Capitol Steps,
a Washington, D.C.-based political comedy troupe, perform a
hilarious lineup of songs from their current album, Mock the Vote.
Providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy, their
show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both
sides of the political spectrum laughing.
Please note The Philadelphia Orchestra does not perform on this program.
Conductor Fabio Luisi made his vibrant Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2011. He returns with a rousing program of Russian favorites. Glinka's dashing Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila is our curtain-raiser, setting the stage for the brilliant Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with good friend Christian Tetzlaff doing the honors as soloist. The program ends in grand style with Tchaikovsky's last symphony, the popular Sixth. It premiered in St. Petersburg in 1893, just nine days before the composer's unexplained death.
Yannick sets the tone for his three-week Vienna Festival with native-born Johann Strauss Jr.'s famous "Tales from the Vienna Woods." There's no more idyllic picture of the city than this, an elegant Viennese waltz.
In this case, Vienna is a movable feast! Though closely associated with the Austrian capital, Haydn wrote his "Drum Roll" Symphony during one of his famous visits to London. The piece begins with a dramatic timpani roll; its final movement kicks off with a horn call. The sound of the hunt echoes in Bruckner's popular Fourth Symphony ("Romantic"), which premiered in Vienna in 1881 and was the only one of his nine symphonies the composer nicknamed. "Pastoral" might also be an apt description as the mountain scenes and peasant surroundings of the composer's Austrian countryside come to life.
We end our sojourn in Vienna with three more legendary works, exemplifying the rich heritage of this unparalleled musical capital. Webern's Im Sommerwind (In the Summer Wind), a richly orchestrated tone poem in the late-Romantic style, is a glorious evocation of a summer's day. The Philadelphia Orchestra gave the world premiere in 1962 at a three-day Webern Festival in Seattle with Ormandy conducting. Schumann also spent time composing in Vienna. The incredible Leif Ove Andsnes brings out all the wonder of the Piano Concerto, Schumann's only one, which was years in the making.
Samuel Barber was just 21 when he wrote the lush, vibrant Overture to The School for Scandal. It was premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1933, a year before the composer graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music. Barber could be considered the American Brahms and we've put these two masters together so you can decide for yourself. Brahms's splendid Violin Concerto is the perfect showpiece for our soloist, Augustin Hadelich (who debuted with the Orchestra in 2013 to rapturous acclaim). Brahms was also a great champion of Antonin Dvorák.
Any time we have Yefim Bronfman playing Beethoven with Vladimir Jurowski is a special occasion! With eloquent support from Jurowski and the Orchestra, Bronfman brings his magisterial keyboard skills to Beethoven's towering "Emperor" Concerto, revealing all the wonders of this masterwork. In the second half of the program, Jurowski turns to Nikolai Miaskovsky, a prolific composer whose Tenth Symphony is based on a fantastic Pushkin poem.
Bach's Third Orchestral Suite contains one of the most often-played pieces of music (the second movement "Air on the G String") but the rest of the Suite is beautiful, quintessential J.S. Bach as well. Early music specialist Ton Koopman conducts and solos at the keyboard, joined by his wife, Tini Mathot, in C.P.E. Bach's Concerto for Two Harpsichords in F major. The spotlight shines on Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner, playing Mozart's cheerful and majestic Flute Concerto No. 1.
An ocean voyage, a thundering storm, two young lovers, all presided over by a powerful wizard! As he did so memorably with Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky once again turns to Shakespeare for inspiration, delivering a brilliant evocation of the magical doings in The Tempest. We fast-forward into the 20th century with Tchaikovsky's fellow Russian, Prokofiev, and his spirited Second Violin Concerto, echoing with everything from Russian folk tunes to Spanish castanets, performed by the sensational Akiko Suwanai.
Glimpse the future of the Philadelphia Sound as Yannick and the Orchestra continue their proud tradition of commissioning new works for its principal players. These concerts feature world-premiere showpieces for two more of our outstanding principals: Ricardo Morales performing a new Clarinet Concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff ("I'm mesmerized by his melodic style," says Morales), and Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi with, yes, a timpani concerto (from Temple University's Maurice Wright).
Just as Stravinsky's Rite of Spring pays homage to past Russian folk traditions, Prokofiev's neo-Classical Symphony No. 1 draws its whimsy and virtuosity from the past world of Haydn. This thrilling, highly virtuosic work precedes Ginastera's Variaciones concertantes
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Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève leads his second subscription series of the season with a terrific program of life-affirming music and a continuation of a tribute to John Williams. Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess turns to a stately dance form (the "pavane," popular during the Renaissance) as the basis for this shimmering Impressionist work evoking longing and nostalgia, filled with gorgeous melodies.