Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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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.

April 10, 2015

Leonard Bernstein’s MASS Appeal

To say that The Philadelphia Orchestra will “take the stage” starting April 30 for the first of four performances through May 3 of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS doesn’t begin to do these extraordinary concerts justice. After all, as Vice President for Artistic Planning Jeremy Rothman explains, the subtitle is “A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers.” And even that just hints at what’s in store.

Photo: Will Figg

March 05, 2015

A Kaleidoscopic Mix of Music, Dance, and Theater - The Philadelphia Orchestra Prepares for Bernstein’s MASS

Musical works, like the composers who create them, often take on lives of their own, rising and falling in popularity, with works scorned by one generation being celebrated by the next—and vice versa. The vicissitudes of taste, and the social and historical circumstances that influence it, over long stretches of time, make predicating a musical work’s ultimate stature a fool’s game, but it was not for nothing that Gustav Mahler famously predicted, “my time will come.”

February 05, 2015

An Exploration of the Philadelphia Sound - The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces its 2015-16 Season

The inimitable Philadelphia Sound! We all know it and love it. For over 100 years it has captivated audiences around the globe and attracted the world’s most accomplished composers, soloists, and guest conductors—from Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, and Stravinsky to James Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, and John Williams. And in the 2015-16 season it will be center stage as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in his fourth year as music director, leads the Philadelphians on a journey through works that have helped make that Sound so famous.

January 30, 2015

It’s Official! Yannick’s “Love Affair” with Philadelphia Will Continue

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s beloved music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, has signed a new five-year contract, guaranteeing he’ll lead the Fabulous Philadelphians to even more thrilling musical heights until at least 2022.

From left: Board Chairman Richard B. Worley, President & CEO Allison Vulgamore, and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the January 30 concert, where Yannick signed his contract renewal. Photo: Will Figg

January 22, 2015

Yannick Marks a Milestone

We’re all used to noting important firsts, from first day at school to first kiss, to first paycheck. But how many of us get to notch the 1,500th time we’ve done something, let alone something that’s exciting, beautiful, even magical? Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of those fortunate few: Tonight he mounts the podium to conduct the 1,500th concert in his dazzling career. It all began in November 1994, when a still-teenaged Yannick led a performance of Fauré’s Requiem for choir and organ.

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