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Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the orchestra. Credit: Photo by Jessica Griffin


2013-2014 Season

On the heels of his triumphant inaugural season as the Philadelphia Orchestra’s new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin returns to Philadelphia for a highly-anticipated second season of concerts starting on Wednesday, September 25.

Yannick’s collaborative style, indelible musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming, have been heralded by critics and audiences alike. His second season features 11 phenomenal weeks of exciting collaborations with the world’s most acclaimed soloists, including violinist Itzhak Perlman, and unique combinations of new and familiar works.

Remaining Performances through May 2014

Over 40 performance dates left in this, the second season under the leadership of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. January celebrates Tchaikovsky with three weekends of concerts focused on the illustrious composer. Yannick returns to conduct six of the remaining weekends between January and May. Hear the Fabulous Philadelphians in concert almost any weekend between now and Memorial Day!

Highlights include:

Tchaikovsky Celebration : January 10-12, 16-18, 23-24, 2014. Immerse yourself in the music of Tchaikovsky with three weekends of spectacular performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

MLK Tribute Concert : January 20, 2014. The Philadelphia Orchestra partners with Girard College and Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service to present its free annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at Girard College Chapel,

Academy of Music 157th Anniversary Concert : January 25, 2014. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra will be joined by several guest stars for an evening of music, dining, and dancing in honor of the historic Academy of Music.

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The Experience

Sergei Rachmaninoff, who played his riveting piano concertos with the Philadelphians, and whose Symphonic Dances were composed for them, believed the Philadelphia Orchestra the finest he’d heard anywhere. Olympic standards keep it at the pinnacle of the world’s best — precision, balance, flow and those sumptuous strings. This is the place to hear Brahms, Mahler, Beethoven and Debussy polished to a sheen — and in a venue that gleams.

Excellent sightlines in The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall include seats surrounding the stage that provide close-ups of first-class maestros and some extraordinary players. Listen for oboist Richard Woodhams whose beautiful tone reflects a historic lineage: Woodhams’ teacher, the late John de Lancie, sat in the same chair, as did de Lancie’s mentor, the great Marcel Tabuteau, before him.


Meet Yannick

Yannick (Yah-NEEK) Nézet-Séguin (NAH-zay SAY-gahn) is one of the most sought-after conductors on today’s international classical music scene, widely praised by audiences, critics, and artists alike for his musicianship, dedication, and charisma.

A native of Montreal, he made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2008 and in June 2010 was named the Orchestra’s next music director.

Artistic director and principal conductor of Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain since 2000, he became music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic in 2008.

After a successful inaugural season, Nézet-Séguin returns to Philadelphia for a highly-anticipated second season of concerts.


The orchestra’s musical cohesion comes from players’ pride and long leadership by extraordinary music directors: Leopold Stokowski created the orchestra’s sound and began its multimedia adventures; Eugene Ormandy built its reputation with now-legendary recordings and premieres; Riccardo Muti added sex appeal and a brilliant discipline; Wolfgang Sawallisch has replenished traditions and recruited bold, young principals; Charles Dutoit mandated electrifying programs with masterful performances. With his dynamic and passionate style, Yannick Nézet-Séguin took the podium as music director in 2012.

Insider Tip

Save a bundle with PECO Power Hour tickets: From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before evening subscription concerts and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. before 2 p.m. matinees, – a limited number of tickets are available for $10, in-person at the Kimmel Center box office.

Join the Orchestra’s Young Friends program if you were born after September 1, 1972 and over the age of 21. Young Friends can purchase the best seats in the house and receive special ticket savings at up to 75% off and all fees are included! Membership is FREE and includes special perks.

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