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Cancelled: The Philadelphia Orchestra

Thursday, March 26, 2020 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Yannick Nézet-Séguin by Chris Lee
When Yannick Nézet-Séguin—“the greatest generator of energy on the international podium” (Financial Times)—conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra, it’s thrilling. And when the program features three Beethoven symphonies, the results are incandescent. With their trademark virtuosity and passion, this starry team of musicians performs three of the master’s finest symphonies: the witty Eighth, gentle Fourth, and joyously propulsive Seventh.

Part of: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Perspectives and Beethoven Celebration

The Philadelphia Orchestra is also performing October 15, March 13, March 20, and April 3.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is also performing October 15, November 22, December 15, March 13, March 20, April 3, June 12, and June 16.


The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor



Symphony No. 8

Symphony No. 4

Symphony No. 7

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin: 2019–2020 Perspectives Artist

Sponsored by Deloitte LLP

Lead support for the Beethoven Celebration is provided by The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

National Endowment for the Arts: arts.gov

Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

At a Glance

Among Beethoven’s nine symphonies—long established as the core of the orchestral repertory—some tend to get a bit lost among more famous siblings. A listener unaware of their actual chronology might find the order rather surprising: The more famous odd-numbered symphonies alternate with more Classical ones. The Eighth, which opens the concert tonight, is Beethoven’s shortest and looks back to Haydn, his teacher. It is a delightful work brimming with witty touches. Schumann remarked that the Fourth Symphony was like a “slender Grecian maiden between two Nordic giants,” the heroic Third and the monumental Fifth.

Beethoven premiered his Seventh Symphony in 1813 at the height of his popular fame and success. By then, he was generally recognized as Europe’s greatest composer. In this work, unveiled as victory in the Napoleonic wars was close at hand, he brilliantly captured the celebratory spirit of the time. During Beethoven’s life, it was his most successful symphony, especially the miraculous second movement that one critic called “the crown of instrumental music.”

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