The Philadelphia Orchestra - 2011-12 Season
friday 9a 2:00 PM
yannick • lang lang • brahms • rhapsody in blue • ax • la mer • dutoit
Lang Lang Plays Beethoven
October 21, 201

Charles Dutoit Conductor
Lang Lang Piano

Fauré Pavane
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

A true mega-star of the musical world, Lang Lang performs Beethoven's elegant Piano Concerto No. 2 and Dutoit presents the riveting and powerful Symphony No. 10 of Shostakovich.

Yannick and the German Requiem
November 4, 2011

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Dorothea Röschmann Soprano
Matthias Goerne Baritone
The Westminster Symphonic Choir
     Joe Miller Director

Mozart Symphony No. 40
Brahms A German Requiem

Brahms called this his "Human Requiem." He affirms a universal message of hope with some of his most glorious music as Yannick continues his exploration of the great requiems.

Bach and his Brandenburgs
November 11, 2011

Nicholas McGegan Conductor

Bach Brandenburg Concerto Nos. 1-4
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3

Bach's six Brandenberg Concertos are the emblematic works of the Baroque era; soloists from The Philadelphia Orchestra will be featured in four of these concertos. Plus the famous "Air on the G string" from his Third Orchestral Suite, in a program led by Baroque-specialist Nicholas McGegan.

Sounds of the New World
December 2, 2011

Marin Alsop Conductor
Ricardo Morales Clarinet

Barber Toccata festiva,
    for organ and orchestra
Copland Clarinet Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No. 9
    ("From the New World")

Jazz. Spirituals. Native-American rhythms. These sounds echo through the vibrant cities and across the vast landscapes of
the Americas. Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales is featured in the Copland Clarinet Concerto, originally written for Benny Goodman.

Sibelius Second Symphony
January 13, 2012

Robin Ticciati Conductor
Arabella Steinbacher Violin

Beethoven Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

The youthful Robin Ticciati, already featured on the world's greatest stages, leads Sibelius's sweeping Second Symphony in his Philadelphia Orchestra debut. The elegance and beauty of Arabella Steinbacher's musicianship is featured in Beethoven's soaring Violin Concerto.

Orchestral Spectacular
February 10, 2012

Charles Dutoit Conductor
James Ehnes Violin

Martin Concerto for Seven Winds,
    Percussion, and String Orchestra
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes returns with Mendelssohn's beloved Violin Concerto. Individual members of the Orchestra are highlighted throughout the program in Bartók's masterpiece, the Concerto for Orchestra, and the winds are imaginatively featured in Martin's Concerto for Seven Winds. A Philadelphia night to remember.

Ax and Frühbeck:
Mozart and Brahms

February 24, 2012

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Conductor
Emanuel Ax Piano

Mozart Serenade in D major, K. 239
    ("Serenata notturna")
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503
Brahms Symphony No. 1

The classical and elegant stylings of Emanuel Ax draw out the finest textures of Mozart's impeccable writing. Frühbeck emphasizes the robust and full-bodied sounds of Brahms's lush orchestration. It's a perfect Philadelphia partnership of artists and music.

Rhapsody in Blue
March 9, 2012

James Gaffigan Conductor
Stewart Goodyear Piano

Bernstein Symphonic Suite from
     On the Waterfront
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake

Music for the jazz hall, the ballet stage, and the silver screen. Gershwin's jazzy Rhapsody in Blue is presented for the first time ever on The Philadelphia Orchestra's subscription concerts. Bernstein's film score stands the test of time and Tchaikovsky's ballet is one of his most iconic works.

Debussy's La Mer
March 30, 2012

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor
Leila Josefowicz Violin

Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion,
     and Celesta
Salonen Violin Concerto
Debussy La Mer

Salonen, the former music director of the Los Angeles Philarmonic, now crosses between worlds as a foremost composer and conductor. In a rare Philadelphia appearance, Salonen leads his own Violin Concerto plus Debussy's incandescent sea-scape, La Mer.