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We’ve taken the time to reflect on the role of music and culture, to think about how we present concerts, reconsidering everything from the length of performances to our visual presentation on stage. We’ve seen firsthand how music can help us better understand each other and our world amidst profound social change. This new perspective allows us to embrace what comes next with open arms. This fall, we are reunited. Together, it’s time to move forward.
Yannick and Your Philadelphia Orchestra are overjoyed to welcome audiences back to Verizon Hall for the fall 2021 season. Performances also continue on our Digital Stage, where audiences from all seven continents have joined us over the past year.
Beginning with a special Opening Night Concert and Gala featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma on October 5, our fall season features inspiring programming reflecting on the impact of the pandemic, the social justice movement in America, and the drive toward creative equity and inclusion in the world of orchestral music.
Yannick will lead the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s Tuba Concerto, featuring Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch. Three additional principals of the Orchestra also take center stage this fall—Principal Oboe Philippe Tondre for Mozart’s towering Oboe Concerto, Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales performing the world premiere of Jacob Bancks’s Clarinet Concerto, and Concertmaster David Kim performing the solo violin in Melinda Wagner’s Little Moonhead.
Friends of the Orchestra including pianist Aaron Diehl, opera singer and activist Davóne Tines, violinist Joshua Bell, and vocalist Laurin Talese will also join us on the Verizon Hall stage.
We continue to celebrate women in classical music—in our programs and on the podium. Performances in Verizon Hall and on the Digital Stage expand our exploration of the music of Florence Price, with her Third and Fourth symphonies, and the world premiere of a new arrangement of her work Adoration for violin and string orchestra.
Nathalie Stutzmann will lead Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) with Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 (“Great”) in her first official public performance as principal guest conductor, and Susanna Mällki will take the podium for Stravinsky’s Suite from Pulcinella. The world premiere of Robin Holcomb’s Paradise, written in response to California's wild fires, will be performed with Mahler’s Fourth Symphony featuring South-African soprano Pretty Yende in her Orchestra debut.
All of this and more will be presented to audiences this fall. Details regarding the January–June season will be announced in early September.
The safety and well-being of our musicians, staff, and audiences will be our top priority as we open doors to Verizon Hall. While we can’t control the uncertainties of the pandemic, we can create a safe and comfortable return. In alignment with public health guidelines as of June 23, 2021, seating in Verizon Hall will be open at full capacity for all fall 2021 performances.
This time away from live performances has given us room to think more deeply about the ways in which we present concerts. As a result, our fall concerts will reflect a gentle break from some of the traditions of the past. For instance, the Orchestra musicians will be dressed in contemporary all-black attire. Concerts will be shorter and without intermission to accommodate for safety. Concerts will also feature a greater use of video and lighting for the enhancement and enjoyment of the music.
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