March at the Philadelphia Orchestra

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This March join the Philadelphia Orchestra for concerts that are out of this world. The Philadelphia Soundwill shine in works by Beethoven, Holst, and Mahler.

Great seats are still available. Tickets start at $35!

This March join the Philadelphia Orchestra for concerts that are out of this world. The Philadelphia Soundwill shine in works by Beethoven, Holst, and Mahler.
Great seats are still available. Tickets start at $35!___________________________________________________________________________________________

Beethoven’s “Pastoral”


Thursday, March 12  8 PM
Friday, March 13  2 PM
Saturday, March 14  8 PM

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Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
Jorge Federico Osorio Piano

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”)
Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain, for piano and orchestra
Falla Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat

The Orchestra continues its two-year cycle of Beethoven symphonies with the composer’s Sixth (the “Pastoral”). Hard to believe, but this ode to the joys of walking in the Austrian countryside was actually composed (and premiered) at the same time as the much more assertive Fifth Symphony (heard on subscription in January). The great Spanish composer Manuel de Falla takes us to a different landscape in the second half of the concert, with his Nights in the Gardens of Spain, a nocturne for piano and orchestra, and The Three-Cornered Hat, both of which make enchanting use of traditional Andalusian folk music. The vibrant and passionate pianist Jorge Federico Osorio makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

The March 12 concert is sponsored by the Louis N. Cassett Foundation.


The Planets 


Friday, March 20 8 PM
Saturday, March 21 8 PM
Sunday, March 22
2 PM

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Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Violin
Women of the Philadelphia Singers Chorale
David Hayes Music Director

Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances for the Lute, Suite No. 2 40/40
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Holst The Planets

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has been a Philadelphia favorite ever since she debuted with the Orchestra at the age of 10; Yannick Nézet-Séguin calls her “one of the great ladies of the violin.” In this concert she joins conductor Gianandrea Noseda for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, one of the most popular works in the violin repertory. Opening the concert is Respighi’s Second Suite of Ancient Airs and Dances for the Lute, based on Italian and French music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Respighi puts a delightful 20th-century spin on the tunes; you may find it hard to resist the urge to dance. We end on a heavenly note, with Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite The Planets. The great English composer was a devotee of astrology, and he created the work to depict each planet’s influence on the human psyche.


Mahler 5


Thursday, March 26 8 PM
Friday, March 27 2 PM
Saturday, March 28 8 PM

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Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
Carol Jantsch Tuba

Daugherty Reflections on the Mississippi, for tuba and orchestra 40/40
Mahler Symphony No. 5

Gianandrea Noseda conducts another Philadelphia first: the tuba featured as solo concerto instrument in a subscription concert. Michael Daugherty wrote his Reflections on the Mississippi for tuba and orchestra expressly for Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch, making her subscription debut. They worked closely together to shape the piece. She says he concluded that the existing solo tuba repertoire leaned more heavily on flash than soul, and she was very happy to help him correct that balance in this piece. It’s based on a trip along the Mississippi, reflecting the musical cultures found along the riverbanks. Jantsch says, “It’s just beautiful melodies, extremely fun to play … and listen to as well.” She never gets tired of hearing people say of her performances: “I didn’t know the tuba could do that!” The Daugherty will be followed by Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, the first of his “middle” period. Opening with a distant and ominous trumpet call, the Symphony progresses to a celebration of love and joy.

The March 26 concert is sponsored by


Make Your Own Musical Adventure
Family Concert


Saturday, March 28 11:30 AM

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Lio Kuokman Conductor
Charlotte Blake Alston Host

Program includes:
Excerpt from the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
“Hedwig’s Theme,” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“Montagues and Capulets,” from Romeo and Juliet
“Infernal Dance of King Kastcheï,” from The Firebird

Beloved by generations of families, host Charlotte Blake Alston leads the audience on a journey of daring drama and scintillating sounds, where you are the story’s hero. You choose what music is performed and how the action unfolds in this interactive program featuring Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Holst’s “Mars” from The Planets, and other music from film, opera, and ballet. Join us for this one-of-a-kind experience and listen as The Philadelphia Orchestra responds to your command.


Plan ahead for Easter Weekend and purchase your St. Matthew Passion tickets today!

St. Matthew Passion
Special Event


Wednesday, April 1 8 PM
Saturday, April 4 8 PM

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Carolyn Sampson Soprano
Karen Cargill Mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples Tenor (Evangelist)
Andrew Foster-Williams Bass-baritone (Jesus)
Philippe Sly Bass-baritone
Westminster Symphonic Choir
     Joe Miller Director
The American Boychoir
     Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Music Director
James Alexander Stage Director
John H. Weir Lighting Designer

Bach The Passion According to St. Matthew

Audiences were mesmerized when The Philadelphia Orchestra performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in 2013 for the first time in 30 years. The work premiered on Good Friday in 1727. Nearly 300 years later, Philadelphia audiences can experience the groundbreaking creation much as the original 18-century audience did that Easter weekend. Recounting the New Testament story of Jesus Christ’s final days–from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion–Bach calls for large-scale forces and a divided orchestra. Renowned stage director James Alexander’s brilliant minimalist staging enhances the storytelling. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this grand event.

This is a Symphony V.0 production.


From Mozart to Nico Muhly, Vaughan Williams to John Williams, experience 40 great compositions that have surprisingly not been presented on Philadelphia subscription concerts in at least the last 40 years. It’s Yannick’s gift to you in honor of his 40th birthday.

Photo credits: Ryan Donnell, Lisa-Marie Mazzucco, Sorin Popa, Kristin Hoebermann, Sussie Ahlburg, Pete Checchia, Chris Lee



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