Welcome to the 2015-16 Season!
It’s a vibrant, engaging, and exhilarating new season. Only our subscribers get the best seats at the best prices along with a suite of exclusive benefits to enhance your experience all season long. Subscribers enjoy up to a 20% discount off regular prices, flexible ticket exchange privileges, discounted parking, and more.
For those who enjoy traditional subscription packages, you can browse the series by day of week from the menu to the left. Each of our 13 traditional packages is specially curated to offer you a diverse grouping of programs and artists.
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Featuring: violinist Gil Shaham, Schumann's Symphony No. 4, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, guest conductor James Levine, Prokofiev's Symphony No. 7, Saint-Saëns's Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”), Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève.
Featuring: pianist Daniil Trifonov, Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade, Liszt's Mazeppa, Brahms's Symphony No. 2, pianist Hélène Grimaud, violinist Akiko Suwanai, Associate Conductor Cristian Măcelaru, Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.
Featuring: Stravinsky's The Firebird, guest conductor Fabio Luisi, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, pianist Yefim Bronfman, Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1, pianist Lang Lang, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, violinist Hilary Hahn.
Featuring: guest conductor Marin Alsop, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Symphony No. 103 (“Drum Roll”), violinist Augustin Hadelich, Mahler's Symphony No. 8(“Symphony of a Thousand”), cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Featuring: cellist Johannes Moser, Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, Hannibal's One River, One Land, One People, guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, guest conductor Vladimir Jurowski, Debussy's “Clouds and Festivals,” from Nocturnes.
Friday Matinee A
Featuring: Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 2, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, pianist Jan Lisiecki, Brahms's Serenade No. 2, Tchaikovsky's The Tempest, guest conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.
Friday Matinee B
Featuring: violinist James Ehnes, Ravel's Une Barque sur l’océan, Bizet's Suite No. 1 from Carmen, violinist Christian Tetzlaff, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, pianist Jonathan Biss.
Featuring: pianist Hélène Grimaud, Mozart's Symphony No. 29, Copland's Appalachian Spring, guest conductor Fabio Luisi, Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, pianist Alexandre Tharaud, Gershwin's An American in Paris, violinist Christian Tetzlaff.
Featuring: pianist Yefim Bronfman, guest conductor Donald Runnicles, violinist Hilary Hahn, Vieuxtemps's Violin Concerto No. 4, Miaskovsky's Symphony No. 10, soprano Angela Meade, Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte.
Featuring: Grieg's Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1 (“Winter Daydreams”), pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, Webern's Im Sommerwind, Ives's Three Places in New England, guest conductor James Levine, violinist Akiko Suwanai.
Featuring: Haydn's Symphony No. 83 (“The Hen”), Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27, guest conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Dvořák's Symphony No. 7, pianist Alexandre Tharaud.
Featuring: guest conductor Robin Ticciati, pianist Daniil Trifonov, R. Strauss's Don Juan, Schumann's Overture to Manfred, guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda, Casella's Symphony No. 2, Gruber's Charivari.
Featuring: pianist Lang Lang, Sibelius's Symphony No. 5, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, Handel's Messiah, Schumann's Piano Concerto, Brahms's Serenade No. 2, violinist Gil Shaham.
Featuring: guest conductor Stéphane Denève, Sibelius's Finlandia, Janáček's Taras Bulba, pianist Yefim Bronfman, Mahler Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”), cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Williams's Tributes! For Seiji, Weill's Symphony No. 2.
Tier 3 Boxes and Tier 2 Boxes are currently sold out and not available for purchase for new subscriptions.
Enjoy the flexibility of choosing a concert package that is personally tailored to fit your needs with the Create-Your-Own 6-concert series.
Family Series 4-Concert Subscriptions start as low as $40. Enhance your child’s experience with Pre-Concert Adventures, held at 10:00 AM in Perelman Theater. Free to all Family Concert ticket holders, Pre-Concert Adventures are an interactive exploration of the composers, instruments, and pieces featured in each performance.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season include:
Music of Vienna
Yannick leads a three-week festival focusing on the capital of all musical capitals. You’ll hear music that exalts Vienna’s fashionable society and features such musical masters as Haydn, Beethoven, and Mahler, who made Vienna their destination. Whether they were born to it or drawn to it, composers for centuries have found boundless inspiration in the musical culture of Vienna. From Johann Strauss, Jr., to Mahler, Beethoven, and Gruber, the Viennese tradition is a cornerstone of the Philadelphia Sound!
“Symphony of a Thousand”
Chief among the works highlighted this season is Mahler’s Eighth Symphony—the “Symphony of a Thousand”—the piece that launched The Philadelphia Orchestra onto the international stage. Relive the incredible moment in history when Yannick leads the Philadelphians, joined by a massive choir and a cast of world renowned vocal soloists, in a divine work that embodies the Philadelphia Sound.
With his instantly recognizable scores, John Williams has redefined the art of film music. He has become undoubtedly one of the world’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and the concert stage, in a career that spans over five decades. Make plans now to join us for this magical evening as living-legend John Williams makes a rare Philadelphia appearance to lead a special benefit concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra.