Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
María Dueñas Violin
Blanchard Orchestral Suite from Fire Shut Up in My Bones (world premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra co-commission)
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet
In a brilliant opening to the new season, Yannick leads a bravura program that begins with Terence Blanchard’s resetting of his headline-making operatic triumph Fire Shut Up in My Bones into an orchestral suite—a stunning introduction to music that “deftly blends elements of jazz, blues, hints of big band and gospel into a compositional voice dominated by lushly chromatic” writing (The New York Times).
Next is Bruch’s melodic, lyrically rapturous First Violin Concerto, a showcase for an astonishingly gifted 21-year-old violinist, whose “fearless attack and nimble-fingered technique” deliver “an assured, deeply felt performance, full of character and strong on musical storytelling” (The Guardian).
One of Tchaikovsky’s most beautiful works closes the evening. He wrote Romeo and Juliet when he was lost in love; small wonder, then, that Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers inspired new heights of genius for this passion-driven composer. His Fantasy Overture brilliantly condenses all the power and pathos of the play into an extraordinary flight of emotion—the yearning of young love, the scathing power of hatred, and the tragedy of life lost too soon.
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