Performance Friday, February 22, 2013 | 8 PM

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Renowned for his interpretations of Ravel's music, Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins The Philadelphia Orchestra for the composer’s jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major. The evening also features Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps, which infamously caused riots in 1913 for its explosive, driving rhythms; today, it is one of Stravinsky’s most celebrated and frequently performed works, its influence heard in everything from modern classical works to film soundtracks.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano


  • GABRIELA LENA FRANK Concertino Cusqueño (NY Premiere)
  • RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major
  • STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps

  • Encore:
  • STRAVINSKY "Pastorale"


  • The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Renowned for its distinctive sound, beloved for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music making, The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.

    The Philadelphia Orchestra has cultivated an extraordinary history of artistic leaders in its 112 seasons, including music directors Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach, and Charles Dutoit (who served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2012). With the 2012-2013 season, Yannick Nézet-Séguin becomes the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Named music director designate in 2010, Mr. Nézet-Séguin brings a vision that extends beyond symphonic music into the vivid world of opera and choral music.

    Philadelphia is home, and the orchestra nurtures an important relationship not only with patrons who support the main season at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, but also those who enjoy the orchestra's other area performances at the Mann Center, Penn's Landing, and other venues. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association also continues to own the Academy of Music-a National Historic Landmark-as it has since 1957.

    Through concerts, tours, residencies, presentations, and recordings, the orchestra is a global ambassador for Philadelphia and for the United States. Having been the first American orchestra to perform in China, in 1973 at the request of President Nixon, today The Philadelphia Orchestra boasts a new partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The orchestra annually performs at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, while also enjoying a three-week residency in Saratoga Springs, NY, and a strong partnership with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

    The ensemble maintains an important Philadelphia tradition of presenting educational programs for students of all ages. Today, the orchestra executes myriad education and community partnership programs that serve more than 45,000 annually, including its Neighborhood Concert Series, Sound All Around and Family Concerts, and eZseatU. Visit for more information.

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin became the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra with the start of the 2012-2013 season. Named music director designate in June 2010, he made his orchestra debut in December 2008. Over the past decade, Yannick has established himself as a musical leader of the highest caliber and one of the most exciting talents of his generation. Since 2008, he has been music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic, and since 2000 artistic director and principal conductor of Montreal's Orchestre Métropolitain. He has appeared with such revered ensembles as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Dresden Staatskapelle, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and major Canadian orchestras. His talents extend beyond symphonic music into opera and choral music, leading acclaimed performances at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Salzburg Festival, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

    Highlights of Yannick's inaugural season include his Carnegie Hall debut with the Verdi Requiem, one world premiere, and performances of The Rite of Spring in collaboration with New York-based Ridge Theater, complete with dancers, video projection, and theatrical lighting. In July 2012, Yannick and Deutsche Grammophon announced a major long-term collaboration. His discography with the Rotterdam Philharmonic for BIS Records and EMI/Virgin includes an Edison Award-winning album of Ravel's orchestral works. He has also recorded several award-winning albums with the Orchestre Métropolitain for ATMA Classique. In addition, his first recording with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mahler's Symphony No. 5, is available for download.

    A native of Montreal, Yannick studied at that city's Conservatory of Music and continued studies with renowned conductor Carlo Maria Giulini and with Joseph Flummerfelt at Westminster Choir College. In 2012, Yannick was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honors. His other honors include Canada's National Arts Centre Award; a Royal Philharmonic Society Award; the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the highest distinction for the arts in Quebec; and an honorary doctorate by the University of Quebec in Montreal. Visit to read Yannick's full bio.


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    Jean-Yves Thibaudet

    Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed around the world for more than 30 years and recorded more than 50 albums. His long history with The Philadelphia Orchestra began in 1990, when he made his debut at the Mann Center under the baton of Charles Dutoit; he has appeared with the Philadelphians as a guest soloist almost every year since.

    Mr. Thibaudet began the 2012-2013 season playing Gershwin with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and opening the season for the São Paulo State Symphony. Other international highlights this season include a tour of Europe with the Kammerorchester Basel; a Bernstein tour in Spain with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; engagements with the Oslo and Helsinki philharmonics, and at the Lucerne Festival; and a three-week residency in his native Lyon, France. Appearances in the US include an all-Debussy program at Lincoln Center, Saint-Saëns's Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and performances with the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, and Colorado and Seattle symphony orchestras. Mr. Thibaudet will finish the season playing Saint-Saëns and MacMillan with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Nashville Symphony; and Chicago, Atlanta, and Indianapolis symphony orchestras.

    Mr. Thibaudet's recordings with Decca have won numerous awards. His latest CD, Gershwin, features big jazz band orchestrations of Rhapsody in Blue, the "I Got Rhythm" Variations, and the Concerto in F live with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop. On his Grammy-nominated recording  of Saint-Saëns's piano concertos nos. 2 and 5, released in 2007, he is joined by Mr. Dutoit, a longstanding collaborator, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Mr. Thibaudet was the soloist on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for the film Atonement in 2007 and the Oscar-nominated Pride and Prejudice in 2005. He was also featured in the 2000 PBS/Smithsonian special Piano Grand!, a performance program hosted by Billy Joel to pay tribute to the 300th anniversary of the piano.

    Known for his style on and off the stage, Mr. Thibaudet has also made a mark in fashion. His concert wardrobe is by celebrated London designer Vivienne Westwood.

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Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major (Presto)
Montreal Symphony Orchestra | Charles Dutoit, Conductor | Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

At a Glance

This evening's program revisits three premieres—either world or US—presented by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The orchestra commissioned, and last October premiered, Gabriela Lena Frank's Concertino Cusqueño to honor Yannick Nézet-Séguin as the eighth music director of the ensemble. In this composition, Frank, the California-born daughter of a Peruvian immigrant, imaginatively blends her South American heritage with a love for the music of the 20th-century English composer Benjamin Britten. The principal theme of the one-movement work is spun from a religious melody ("Ccollanan María") and a simple motif that opens Britten's Violin Concerto.

Maurice Ravel began composing his Piano Concerto in G Major while on a North American tour in 1928, and readily acknowledged the "thrilling and inspiring" influence of jazz that he heard while in the US. Leopold Stokowski, whose appointment 100 years ago as The Philadelphia Orchestra's third music director is celebrated this season, conducted the US premiere of the concerto in April 1932—four months after its unveiling in Paris.

This coming May 29 marks the centennial of the scandalous premiere in Paris of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, a landmark event in the history of Western music. Historians now generally agree that it was the choreography much more than the music that caused the sensation that night, and indeed, within a year The Rite of Spring was a successful concert piece. It took nearly a decade, until 1922, for the work to make it across the Atlantic. Stokowski conducted the US premiere in Philadelphia in March 1922.
Program Notes


Yannick Nézet-Séguin introduces The Philadelphia Orchestra and outlines the direction in which he plans to take the 112-year-old institution.

From the Carnegie Hall Archives: A Brief History of The Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

Yannick Nézet-Séguin speaks about his Rite of Spring program with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Erik Kahn in support of the 2012-2013 season.
This performance is part of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Philadelphia Too.