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Tchaikovsky Celebration

Immerse yourself in the music of Tchaikovsky this January with The Philadelphia Orchestra!


Symphony No. 4

Friday, January 10 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 11 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 12 2:00 PM
Robin Ticciati Conductor
Stephen Hough Piano

Liadov The Enchanted Lake
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

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British conductor Robin Ticciati returns to Philadelphia after a highly-acclaimed debut in 2012. The worldly young maestro launches a celebration of Tchaikovsky's immense musical impact on other composers of his time. Over the course of three weeks, the composer's greatest symphonic works will be heard along with his Russian contemporaries. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 opens with an ominous fanfare suggesting the arrival of fate, taking us on an emotional journey toward an exhilarating affirmation of life's many joys. Great British pianist Stephen Hough performs the highly demanding First Piano Concerto. And the program opens with Liadov's short tone poem The Enchanted Lake. Inspired by an isolated lake outside St. Petersburg, Liadov employs a combination of Russian folk tunes and impressionist colors in this charming work.


The Serenade

Thursday, January 16 8:00 PM
Friday, January 17 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 18 8:00 PM
Cristian Macelaru Conductor
Hai-Ye Ni Cello

 Polovtsian Dances, from Prince Igor
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, for cello and orchestra
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
Balakirev Islamey

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Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru is joined by Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni for the great Rococo Variations, a showpiece for cello and orchestra. And in this season's collection of serenades, Tchaikovsky's expressive Serenade for Strings features that glorious sound of the Philadelphia strings. The Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor by Borodin are both thunderous and sensuous, including a melody made famous by the popular Broadway song "Stranger in Paradise" from Kismet. Originally composed for solo piano, Balakirev's Islamey closes the program.


The Violin Concerto

Thursday, January 23 8:00 PM
Friday, January 24 8:00 PM
Tugan Sokhiev Conductor
Vadim Gluzman Violin

 "Battle of Kerzhenets," from The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Musorgsky Pictures from an Exhibition

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Young Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in the third and final week of our Tchaikovsky Celebration. The Violin Concerto stands as one of the greatest works ever written for the instrument. An essential part of the violin repertoire, its Russian folk melodies and driving rhythms give this work a universal appeal. Musorgsky composed his Pictures from an Exhibition for solo piano. But it is Ravel's orchestration that brings vivid color to the depictions of festive market scenes, hatching chicks, catacombs, and the mighty gates of Kiev. Like Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov is considered one of the greatest orchestrators of all time. His thrilling "Battle of Kerzhenets" demonstrates this exceptional skill.