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October 08, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
– October 11, 2020, 11:00 PM ET


Please note: Digital Stage concerts begin with a
performance premiere, followed by on-demand
access for 72 hours.

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Performance Details

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Refik Anadol Visual Design—Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

Simon Fate Now Conquers—World Premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra Commission
Beethoven Second movement from Symphony No. 7
Schubert Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”)

Experience Beethoven like never before—in collaboration with celebrated visual artist Refik Anadol, whose work blends media arts into architecture, into data, into machine intelligence to create extraordinary digital masterpieces. Watch Beethoven’s music accompanied by visualizations of “computer dreaming” in this unparalleled pairing of art forms. It’s not too bold to say that Anadol writes with data the way Beethoven wrote notes on a page of music.

Tchaikovsky described Beethoven’s triumphant Seventh Symphony as “full of unrestrained joy, full of bliss and pleasure of life.” The exhilarating and familiar second movement is said to have been so inspiring at the premiere, an encore was demanded instantly. Placing Beethoven’s motifs in a contemporary musical landscape, composer Carlos Simon draws on the uncertainty that Beethoven felt and turns it into inspiration with Fate Now Conquers. This unique performance of sight, sound, and symphony concludes with Schubert’s intriguing, unfinished Symphony No. 8.

Please note: All Digital Stage events begin with a performance premiere. Following the performance premiere, the concert will be available for ticket holders to watch on demand for 72 hours.

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Support for the collaboration with Refik Anadol has been provided to The Philadelphia Orchestra by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Pew Center for Arts and Heritage


Lead support for the Digital Stage provided by:

Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr.
The CHG Charitable Trust
The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Innisfree Foundation
Gretchen and M. Roy Jackson
Neal W. Krouse
John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick
Leslie A. Miller and Richard B. Worley
Ralph W. Muller and Beth B. Johnston
William Penn Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shaw
Waterman Trust
Constance and Sankey Williams
Wyncote Foundation


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