Yannick Nézet-Séguin Perspectives
Propelled by an exuberant podium athleticism and mastery of a vast range of repertoire, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s meteoric rise can be measured in a string of dazzling achievements. From his first appearance as a guest conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain to being named music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, in addition to being awarded Musical America’s 2016 Artist of the Year and on to his most recent appointment as music director of the Metropolitan Opera, he is one of the most dynamic artists of our time.
The three orchestras around which his career revolves are all featured in his nine-concert Perspectives series. He opens his Perspectives conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra in a commission by Valerie Coleman, Richard Strauss’s monumental Eine Alpensinfonie, and Hélène Grimaud in a performance of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The remaining Philadelphia concerts are devoted to a great cornerstone of the orchestral repertoire: the complete symphonies of Beethoven. There’s more Beethoven when Anne-Sophie Mutter joins Nézet-Séguin and The MET Orchestra for the composer’s Violin Concerto and Romance in F Major. For his concluding MET Orchestra concert, Nézet-Séguin conducts Debs Composer’s Chair Jörg Widmann’s sonorous Lied and works by Richard Strauss. Additionally, he leads Montreal’s virtuoso Orchestre Métropolitain in its Carnegie Hall debut with a program that features fellow Perspectives artist Joyce DiDonato singing arias by Mozart, plus Bruckner’s grand “Romantic” Symphony. There also is a rare opportunity to experience Nézet-Séguin’s piano mastery when he joins DiDonato in one of music’s great journeys, Schubert’s Winterreise.
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