Carnegie Hall Presents

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra and its megastar Music Director Yannick-Nézet-Séguin form one of the most dynamic partnerships in all of music. You’ll hear this dream team perform Rachmaninoff—a Philadelphia specialty—and other orchestral favorites, as well as new works destined to become classics.
December 8, 2017
The Philadelphia Orchestra
March 13, 2018
The Philadelphia Orchestra
April 10, 2018
The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, December 8, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

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

Program

THOMAS ADÈS Powder Her Face Suite (newly expanded version; NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BERNSTEIN Serenade (after Plato's Symposium)
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1
It’s a night of love, scandal, and drama. Bernstein’s Serenade, after Plato’s Symposium, explores the nature of love; its essence is captured in lyrical music laced with virtuosic solo violin passages that simultaneously eschew and hint at the West Side Story style. Sexual scandal drives the plot of Thomas Adès’s opera Powder Her Face with music—sultry tangos and uneasy waltzes—that evoke the glittery world of its protagonist, the Duchess of Argyll. Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 lives in a gentler world of rich melody, technicolor orchestration, and drama.

Listen

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 (Quasi una fantasia)


The Philadelphia Orchestra | Eugene Ormandy, Conductor

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

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

Program

MICHEL VAN DER AA Violin Concerto (NY Premiere)
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2
Ethereal and dramatic, Michel Van der Aa’s concerto was specifically written for Janine Jansen, a violinist who meets the many challenges of this stunning music. Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2—a Philadelphia Orchestra specialty—has its own dramatic effects in the final movement, where the composer uncannily captures the sound of cascading Russian church bells. Its heart and soul, however, is the breathtaking third-movement Adagio that spins out a stream of beautiful melodies.

Listen

MICHEL VAN DER AA Violin Concerto (III)


Janine Jansen, Violin | Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Community Voices of Philadelphia
Joe Miller, Conductor

Program

BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
TOD MACHOVER New Work for Chorus and Orchestra (NY Premiere)
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
Psalms soar heavenward on waves of irrepressible rhythm, and a keyboard masterpiece is painted in kaleidoscopic new colors. Commissioned by the Dean of England’s Chichester Cathedral, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms has the rhythmic zest of West Side Story, scored for treble voice, chorus, and an orchestra that features brass, two harps, strings, and percussion. Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition thrills from its opening Promenade to the famous “Great Gate of Kiev.”

Listen

MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel), (I. Promenade)


Philadelphia Orchestra | Eugene Ormandy, Conductor