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Aaron Diehl joins Yannick and the Orchestra on the Digital Stage Aaron Diehl joins Yannick and the Orchestra on the Digital Stage Aaron Diehl joins Yannick and the Orchestra on the Digital Stage

Aaron Diehl Plays Rhapsody in Blue

Start and end dates to be determined.

Performance Details

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Aaron Diehl Piano

Ellington “Solitude”
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (original jazz band version)
Stravinsky Suite from Pulcinella

“There’s an entire world of jazz in Aaron Diehl’s playing. ... Diehl’s agile mind is just one of several aspects of this performance that makes it so good.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer. The supremely talented pianist joins the Orchestra for a mesmerizing performance of Gershwin’s classic Rhapsody in Blue. Enjoy the rare opportunity to hear the piece in its original instrumentation for jazz band, following Duke Ellington’s jazz standard “Solitude.”

Closing the program is the Suite from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, composed just a few years earlier in 1920. Stravinsky, the Modernist composer of The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, shocked collaborators and audiences with the return to a more traditional 18th-century sound. He wrote that “Pulcinella was my discovery of the past,” but it was also a “look in the mirror”—an integration of old and new that would define the next phase of his career.

Fall 2021 on the Digital Stage includes encore presentations of favorite digital performances from the past year. Look for new bonus content in the Digital Lobby or during the performance.

This program runs approximately 1 hour and will be performed without an intermission.

Please note: All Digital Stage events begin with a performance premiere, streaming in real time. Following the performance premiere, the concert will be available for ticket holders to watch on demand for one week.

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Lead support for the Digital Stage is provided by:

Claudia and Richard Balderston
Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr.
The CHG Charitable Trust
Edith R. Dixon
Innisfree Foundation
Gretchen and M. Roy Jackson
Dr. Richard M. Klein
Neal W. Krouse
John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Leslie A. Miller and Richard B. Worley
Ralph and Beth Muller
Neubauer Family Foundation
William Penn Foundation
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage
Peter and Mari Shaw
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Townsend
Waterman Trust
Constance and Sankey Williams
Wyncote Foundation


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