Yannick, The New Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, To Conduct Inaugural Concerts at the Kimmel Center This Weekend

Fans lined up to greet Yannick at the Kimmel Center in June.
(Photo by Chris Lee courtesy Philadelphia Orchestra)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead his first subscription concerts as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s music director designate on October 29, 30, and 31, 2010 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, leading milestone symphonies by two Viennese masters working a century apart.

The program pairs Haydn’s “Military” Symphony, so named for its trumpet-and-drum fanfare in the second movement, with Mahler’s mighty Fifth, whose march-like first movement not only harkens back to the Haydn on the first half, but is also said to echo the composer’s childhood memories of bugle calls and military bands in his native Moravia.

Immediately following each of his appearances with the Orchestra, Yannick will greet audiences in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza.

In January 2011, Yannick returns to conduct Debussy’s Nocturnes and Mozart’s Requiem for chorus, soloists, and orchestra.

A piece not heard by Philadelphia Orchestra audiences in 20 years, Mozart’s Requiem remains one of the most famous pieces of music ever written and the numerous attempts to complete the score, left unfinished at the composer’s early death, have only enhanced its legendary status.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin was announced as the next music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra on June 14, 2010.

Four days later he made his first official appearances as music director designate as part of day-long “Welcome” tour of Philadelphia, during which he met with patrons at the Kimmel Center, visited iconic city sites, attended a Neighborhood Concert in Upper Darby, and was welcomed by over 45,000 Phillies fans during the seventh-inning stretch at Citizen’s Bank Park, a video of which you can watch after the jump.

Nézet-Séguin: Haydn to Mahler
Friday, October 29, 2010 8 pm
Saturday, October 30, 2010 8 pm
Sunday, October 31, 2010 2 pm
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center

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