Carnegie Hall Presents

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra and its electrifying Music Director Yannick-Nézet-Séguin return for a thrilling season of music. Ravel’s iridescent orchestral colors and intoxicating melodies make the gentle Le tombeau de Couperin and sensuous ballet Daphnis et Chloé two of his most popular works, while Bartók uses sumptuous orchestration to create theatrical special effects in his psychological thriller Bluebeard’s Castle. And here’s a rare opportunity to revel in Tchaikovsky’s glorious Swan Lake outside the dance world. You’ll also hear Mozart’s effervescent Piano Concerto No. 24, Bernstein’s dramatic “Jeremiah” Symphony, and Schumann’s joyous Symphony No. 2.
November 15, 2016
The Philadelphia Orchestra
March 7, 2017
The Philadelphia Orchestra
May 9, 2017
The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 8 PM

Performers

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Benjamin Beilman, Violin
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Conductor

Program

RAVEL Le tombeau de Couperin
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 1
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

Encore:
YSAŸE Finale from Sonata for Solo Violin in E Minor, Op. 27, No. 4
There will be enough electricity to light a city when Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra in the music of Ravel and Prokofiev. Ravel’s unparalleled iridescent orchestra colors and intoxicating melodies make his gentle Le tombeau de Couperin and sensuous ballet Daphnis et Chloé audience favorites. The concert also features Prokofiev’s beautiful Violin Concerto No. 1. Warmly melodic in its outer movements, the concerto’s edgy central-section Scherzo has a piquant quality that is classic, fast-paced Prokofiev.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano
John Relyea, Bass

Program

TCHAIKOVSKY Selections from Swan Lake
BARTÓK Bluebeard's Castle
You don’t need dancers and scenery to make ballet and opera thrilling when you have the electrifying Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium. Some of Tchaikovsky's most glorious melodies make his dramatic Swan Lake one of his most timeless ballets. While best known for his orchestral music, Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle is a riveting one-act psychological drama. The opera’s vocal writing is marvelously expressive and its sumptuous orchestral music is stunning, such as the hair-raising moment when Bluebeard’s kingdom is revealed to his new wife, and also the profound sadness of the lake of tears in the opera’s climactic scene.

Listen

BARTÓK Bluebeard's Castle (Door 5. “Ah!” “Lásdez az én birodalmam”)


Christa Ludwig, Soprano | István Kertész , Conductor | London Symphony Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano
Radu Lupu, Piano

Program

BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah"
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2
Now in his fifth season as music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin is leading the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra into a new golden era. The Financial Times has called him “the most compelling, most accomplished conductor of his generation,” and The New York Times has said the orchestra “has never sounded better.” The dynamic partnership comes together for two symphonies: Bernstein’s riveting “Jeremiah,” with its unforgettable lament for Jerusalem, and Schumann’s nostalgic and joyous Symphony No. 2. There’s also a rare appearance by the great Radu Lupu in a performance of Mozart’s dramatic Piano Concerto No. 24.