From the Philadelphia Orchestra:
"This is possibly the most varied season The Philadelphia Orchestra and I have undertaken together," said Yannick. "It's thrilling to be able to make music in every way possible, from playing piano with our wonderful principal strings in chamber music, to conducting new works, including commissions, to an oratorio I adore, to a semi-staged production of Tosca. We have some audience favorites, of course, and naturally we are celebrating the centenary of that amazing musical figure Leonard Bernstein. We hope everyone will join us!"
Season highlights include the world premiere of a distinctly Philadelphia composition, the crowd-sourced, collaborative composition Philadelphia Voices by the innovative and entrepreneurial composer Tod Machover; Haydn's choral masterpiece The Seasons; American Sounds, a multi-year focus on the fascinatingly varied works inspired by sounds indigenous to this country, including new works by Jennifer Higdon and Samuel Jones written for Orchestra principal players; and the annual three-week Winter Festival, which explores music from, and inspired by, the British Isles. Throughout the season The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates the centenary of the legendary American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, including rare performances of the full West Side Story. Yannick also leads the Orchestra and a cast of star soloists–soprano Sonya Yoncheva, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, and baritone Ambrogio Maestri–in a staged production of Puccini's Tosca in Verizon Hall.
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