The beloved "Philadelphia Sound" has flourished under the masterful care of Maestro Charles Dutoit. This, his final season as chief conductor, celebrates that 30-year legacy.
The season builds to a crescendo with Dutoit presenting Strauss's daring and shocking one-act opera Elektra in concert. This is a rare opportunity to hear Strauss's commanding score performed in full-scale on a concert stage, complete with an all-star cast of vocalists. The tale is tragic and the setting is scandalous. The story revolves around the troubled Elektra who solicits her sister and brother to seek revenge against their murderous mother and her deceitful lover. This will surely be a musical event in Philadelphia not to be missed.
A Grand Finale
Legendary pianist Maurizio Pollini, in his only North American orchestral appearances this season, will help commemorate the final week of Dutoit's tenure with Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1.
A distinguished roster of renowned artists come to Philadelphia throughout the season to collaborate with Maestro Dutoit. Superstar pianist Lang Lang, Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes, pianist Nicolaï Lugansky's and violinist Julian Rachlin all share the stage in honor of Dutoit, who will also present a notable debut by cellist Gautier Capuçon.
In addition to such masterworks as Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Elgar's "Enigma" Variations, Dutoit has selected repertoire that spotlights the true versatility of the Orchestra and its talented individuals—Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra, and Martin's Concerto for Seven Winds.
This season brings programs that personify the tenure of Maestro Dutoit—the highest levels of artistry and uncompromising standards—artistry that will continue when he takes the title of conductor laureate in the 2012-13 season.
October 20-22, 2011
May 17 and 19, 2012
May 10 and 12, 2012