The Philadelphia Orchestra - 2011-12 Season
friday evening 8:00 PM
dutoit • eschenbach • rachmaninoff • yannick • mahler 6 • noseda • kim
"Enigma" Variations
October 28, 2011

Charles Dutoit Conductor
Gautier Capuçon Cello

Strauss Suite from Le Bourgeois

Schumann Cello Concerto
Elgar "Enigma" Variations

Exactly what is Elgar's "enigma"? We may never know. But we can still enjoy these 14 charming variations on a theme that Elgar composed "to my friends pictured within." And Gautier Capuçon makes his Philadelphia Orchestra subscription debut with Schumann's noble Cello Concerto.

Eschenbach Conducts Beethoven
November 25, 2011

Christoph Eschenbach Conductor
Jennifer Koh Violin

Beethoven Symphony No. 4
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 8

Maestro Christoph Eschenbach returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra to lead two contrasting Beethoven symphonies—the classical whimsy of the Fourth is contrasted against the more sardonic and humorous Eighth. Curtis graduate Jennifer Koh performs Bruch's youthful yet expressive Violin Concerto No. 1.


Bach to Mahler
January 27, 2012

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor and

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Mahler Symphony No. 6

Did Mahler foresee the personal tragedy that was about to sweep across his life amid a successful career? The dramatic and fateful music of his Sixth Symphony—depicted by forceful hammer blows and large brass chorales—eerily portends the heartbreak that would soon enter his world. Yannick contrasts the scope of this impressive symphony with the intimate setting of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, which he will lead from the harpsichord.

Rachmaninoff Second Concerto
February 17, 2012

Charles Dutoit Conductor
Nikolaï Lugansky Piano

Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis of
     Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

There is no better showcase for "The Philadelphia Sound" than the music of Rachmaninoff. Two more orchestral masterpieces by Strauss and Hindemith spotlight every facet of this ensemble's unique musical character.


A Grand Tour
March 16, 2012

Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
Juliette Kang Violin

Rossini Overture to William Tell
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ("Scottish")

Gianandrea Noseda returns to lead a whirlwind tour, beginning in his native Italy with Rossini's famous William Tell Overture. First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang is featured as soloist in Prokofiev's bounding Violin Concerto No. 1, written at the time of the Russian Revolution. The program concludes with a sojourn to Scotland with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3.

The Lure of Paris
May 4, 2012

Charles Dutoit Conductor
David Kim Violin

Mozart Symphony No. 31 ("Paris")
Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3
Debussy Symphonic Fragments from
     The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian
Scriabin The Poem of Ecstasy

Charles Dutoit tours two centuries of music from the City of Light ranging from the luminous music of Mozart and Saint-Saëns to the large and impressive forces of Debussy and Scriabin. Concertmaster David Kim is featured.