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December 6, 2011

The Philadelphia Orchestra To Perform “The Philadelphia Legacy,” A Series Of Concerts Paying Homage To The Ensemble’s And City’s History

Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in a beautiful program paying homage to Philadelphia's musical legacy. (Photo by Jessica Griffin courtesy Philadelphia Orchestra)

In honor of the Kimmel Center’s 10th anniversary, “The Philadelphia Legacy,” a series of concerts representing the legacies of both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the city itself, will be performed December 8-11.

Named one of “Tomorrow’s Conducting Icons” by Gramophone Magazine, Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin (future music director of the Orchestra commencing in the 2012-13 season), will lead the orchestra in two incredible Philadelphia Orchestra premieres: Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Orchestra (2002), and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1934).

Nézet-Séguin closes the concert with Symphony No. 2 (“Little Russian”), by the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky. It’s a nod to Nézet-Séguin’s orchestra debut in which he led Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” Symphony. Tchaikovsky is often considered part of the quintessential “Philadelphia Sound,” making it the perfect choice for closing this Philadelphia Legacy series.

As a special bonus, there will be free pre-concert conversations led by composer Jennifer Higdon one hour before the concert. They will be held on the Commonwealth Plaza Stage on December 8, 10, and 11 and in Verizon Hall on December 9.

Tickets are available online.

Philadelphia Legacy Series by The Philadelphia Orchestra
When: December 8 and 10, 8 p.m.; December 9 and 11, 2 p.m.
Where: Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad Street
Cost: Tickets start at $10
More info: www.philorch.org

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