Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Frank Picaflor (world premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra commission)
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Yannick and the Orchestra explore the transcendent power of stories through the works of Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank and Hector Berlioz. Frank’s Picaflor (Hummingbird) retells a traditional Peruvian creation myth through the voices of Philadelphians. Inspired by his own life, Hector Berlioz depicts the drama of an artist’s self-destructive passion through five epic movements in his Symphonie fantastique. From the first flitting feelings of love to opium-inspired visions of the protagonist’s demise, it is a masterpiece brimming with intensity.