Welcome to the 2019-20 season!
Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s eighth season as music director takes us on a journey from Beethoven to some of the most exciting new voices of our day. We honor our past with a one-week return to the Academy of Music and look to the future through a variety of innovative concert experiences.
We celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday by performing all his symphonies and piano concertos in concentrated weeks. This is a once-in-a-generation chance to hear these immortal works in a complete cycle—across four consecutive weeks. The piano concertos appear in three binge-worthy weeks—including a sensational one-week return to the Academy of Music—with three of the world’s piano greats: Yefim Bronfman, Daniil Trifonov, and Emanuel Ax.
Women innovators and creators take center stage this season in WomenNOW, concerts featuring composers, conductors, instrumentalists, vocalists, and thinkers in programs that showcase rarely heard works of the past alongside inspiring music of today.
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Composer, conductor, teacher, writer, thinker—John Adams is an American musical icon. His work—exciting and beautiful—unflinchingly confronts, defines, and embraces contemporary culture. He wrote Scheherazade.2 for the stellar violinist Leila Josefowicz, inspired by an art exhibit about The Tales of the Arabian Nights and Rimsky-Korsakov's original. Josefowicz's solo violin plays the role of a modern Scheherazade. Adams's musical exploration of the present-day struggle of women in a patriarchal society reverses the roles, putting the woman in a position of strength.
This work of towering musicality and deep spirituality is a fitting summation of J.S. Bach's epochal career; he finished it the year before he died. It's “above and beyond every piece of music that's been created for liturgical purposes,” says Yannick Nézet-Séguin. A setting of the complete Latin Mass, it demands superlatives, at the same time rendering them inadequate.
The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates Valentine's weekend with spellbinding music, beginning with Mozart's bewitching The Magic Flute. Magic takes a darker turn in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Dukas's symphonic poem immortalized by Mickey Mouse battling demonic brooms in Fantasia. Stéphane Denève is a passionate exponent of John Williams's endlessly creative music for the cinema, represented here by his spookily charming Harry Potter scores.
The reviews were rapturous for Yannick's “blazing and urgent, yet richly nuanced account of Strauss's still-shocking score” (The New York Times) when he led Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera in 2018. He reprises the triumph with these symphonically staged performances starring The Philadelphia Orchestra and a cast of vocal powerhouses. Christine Goerke sings the title role, a tormented daughter obsessed with avenging the death of her father, Agamemnon. Mikhail Petrenko portrays the brother she hopes will kill the murderous culprits: their mother and her lover.