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


2014-15 Season

Yannick Nézet-Séguin returns for a thrilling third season as music director for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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 third season is expected to be an incomparable and unforgettable musical experience with highlights including Yannick’s 40th birthday celebration, Leonard Bernstein’s MASS and a four-week Celebration of the Mighty Organ.

During the St. Petersburg Festival (January 15-31, 2015), Yannick will conduct eight concerts over three weeks featuring the music of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.

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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.


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 most 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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The Kimmel Center (Verizon Hall)
Broad & Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 893-1999

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