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Yannick Nézet-Séguin


September 29, 2015

The Keeper of the Sound - As He Begins his Fourth Season as Music Director, Yannick Talks about the Philadelphia Sound

It’s a concept that’s so familiar to fans of The Philadelphia Orchestra it seems to need no explanation: the Philadelphia Sound. Born under the legendary Leopold Stokowski, burnished under the equally legendary Eugene Ormandy, the Sound has been part of the orchestral landscape for generations, acknowledged and enjoyed in Philadelphia and in concert halls literally around the globe.

Photo by Jessica Griffin

September 29, 2015

A Season of the Sound

With all the excitement surrounding the papal visit, and the Orchestra’s starring role in it, you might forget that the 2015-16 season is about to begin. But it is, kicking off with a bang on September 30 with the Opening Night Concert and Gala at the Kimmel Center. This fourth season under Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is highlighting the legendary Philadelphia Sound, lauded for a century, and very much alive today.

September 28, 2015

Rachmaninoff on Philadelphia: “The Finest Orchestral Combination in the World”

When Yannick and The Philadelphia Orchestra take the stage for the first subscription series of the 2015-16 season, Rachmaninoff will be on the program. And if you’re in the audience, you may feel the spirit of the composer himself in Verizon Hall. Rachmaninoff had a profound and prolific relationship with the Orchestra: He loved the Orchestra, performed with the Orchestra, and, most abidingly, wrote for and recorded with the Orchestra.

September 28, 2015

The Orchestra Performs for Pope Francis - Part 2

Yannick and the Orchestra provided music for the final Mass of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States on September 27, before an estimated crowd of 860,000 people on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Not only did they provide the liturgical music during the service, but they also performed a selection of works as a prelude and a postlude.

September 27, 2015

The Orchestra Performs for Pope Francis - Part I

"Thank you to those of you who gladdened us with your art, with the beauty which is the path that leads to God. Beauty leads us to God."--Pope Francis, during the Festival of Families Concert.

Yannick and the Fabulous Philadelphians played for Pope Francis and a crowd in the hundreds of thousands during the Festival of Families Concert on Saturday, September 26, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

September 23, 2015

The Secular Side of the Papal Visit

It’s going to be quite a weekend for The Philadelphia Orchestra. On Sunday, September 27, they’ll provide the musical accompaniment for a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. A solemn assignment to be sure. But the day before, the Orchestra’s crowd-pleasing chops will be on display on a massive stage, treating a huge crowd, both on the Parkway and watching around the world, to their unmatched musicianship. They’ll be teaming up with beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Colombian superstar Juanes, and the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, led by J. Donald Dumpson.

September 17, 2015

Francis in Philadelphia: The Sacred Roots of Classical Music

The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia is of course a celebration, but its centerpiece is the heart of Catholic practice: a Mass (to be celebrated on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, September 27).

September 01, 2015

New on CD: Yannick, the Philadelphians, and Rachmaninoff

“The opening bars tell you this is going to be a good ‘Pag Rhap’. As things turn out, it is a great one, up there with the very best.” (Gramophone)

August 27, 2015

Saratoga 2015 - Week Three

The final full week of the Orchestra’s residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center began on Wednesday, August 19. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin returned to Saratoga to lead all four concerts, joined by Concertmaster David Kim, pianist Beatrice Rana, and violinist Joshua Bell. Here, violinist Paul Arnold warms up onstage before an open rehearsal the morning of Wednesday, August 19.

August 24, 2015

Playing for a Pope: The Music and the Meaning

It’s been a busy summer for The Philadelphia Orchestra: a triumphant tour of Europe, several Neighborhood Concerts, and dazzling series at the Mann Center, the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and in Saratoga. Now, with a new season practically upon us, Yannick and the Philadelphians are gearing up for yet another peak musical experience: performing for Pope Francis, as part of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next month.