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Conductor Joshua Weilerstein to Make Philadelphia Orchestra Debut During February 21-23 Performances

February 15, 2019

Advisory of Artist Change: 


He replaces Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who has withdrawn due to illness 

(Philadelphia, February 15, 2019)—Conductor Joshua Weilerstein has graciously agreed to lead The Philadelphia Orchestra’s February 21-23 concerts. These performances mark his Philadelphia Orchestra debut. He replaces Andrés Orozco-Estrada who has regrettably withdrawn due to illness.

The program will include Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 and Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2, featuring Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales, as previously scheduled. Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte for string orchestra, in its Philadelphia Orchestra premiere, replaces Janáček’s Taras Bulba.

Joshua Weilerstein is the artistic director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne; he recently extended his term until the end of the 2020-21 season. He enjoys a flourishing guest conducting career and has established a number of close relationships both in the US and Europe, including with the New York, Oslo, Royal Stockholm, and Royal Liverpool philharmonics; the Detroit, Milwaukee, Baltimore, San Diego, Danish National, and BBC symphonies; the NDR Radiophilharmonie; the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

This season Mr. Weilerstein makes his operatic debut conducting Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Opéra de Lausanne with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, as well as debuts with the Cincinnati and New World symphonies. He returns to the Milwaukee, North Carolina, and New Jersey symphonies; the St. Paul Chamber and Florida orchestras; Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg; the Netherlands, Oslo, BBC, Royal, and Royal Liverpool philharmonics; the NDR Radiophilharmonie; the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie; and the Orchestre National de Lyon. Mr. Weilerstein's career was launched after winning both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen. He then completed a three-year appointment as assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic.

Mr. Weilerstein hosts a successful classical music podcast, Sticky Notes. In his capacity as artistic director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, he encourages and is committed to participating in the educational and Découvertes series of concerts for children and families. During his time as assistant conductor with the New York Philharmonic, he was actively involved in the ensemble’s Young People’s Concerts. In August 2018, he conducted a specially devised program, “The Sound of an Orchestra,” for the BBC Proms, which was inspired by, and re-worked, Leonard Bernstein’s televised presentations in New York.

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Brahms and Central Europe

February 21 at 7:30 PM–Thursday evening—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

February 22 at 2:00 PM–Friday afternoon—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

February 23 at 8:00 PM–Saturday evening—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Joshua Weilerstein Conductor—Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

Ricardo Morales Clarinet

Shaw

Entr’acte, for string orchestra—First Philadelphia Orchestra Performances

Weber

Clarinet Concerto No. 2—First Philadelphia Orchestra Subscription Performances

Brahms

Symphony No. 3


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CONTACTS:

Ashley Berke                                       Amanda N. Olszewski                                 Alexa Vecchione                                                       

215.893.1939                                      215.893.3136                                              215.893.3142

aberke@philorch.org                          aolszewski@philorch.org                            avecchione@philorch.org

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