Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason Cello
Pretty Yende Soprano
Wang Xi Ensō (world premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra commission)
Haydn Cello Concerto in D major
Mahler Symphony No. 4
Inspired by a child’s idea of heaven, Gustav Mahler composed “The Heavenly Life,” which became the foundation of his celestial Fourth Symphony. Soprano Pretty Yende’s tremendous talent soars in one of Mahler’s best-loved works. Wang Xi’s Ensō, named for a sacred Buddhist symbol meaning circle, considers the flow and togetherness of nature and people.