Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2017-18 season: Bernstein, Higdon, Machover, Nézet-Séguin on piano

Posted on: February 24, 2017

“The newly announced Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2017-18 season will include a concert version of Tosca starring soprano Sonya Yoncheva, a semi-staged West Side Story to toast Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, and a chamber-music appearance by none other than Yannick Nézet-Séguin on piano,” writes David Patrick Stearns in Thursday’s (2/23) Philadelphia Inquirer. Music Director Nézet-Séguin’s “periodic installments of Bruckner will continue with the grandest piece of them all: Symphony No. 8…. Composers will also be delving into the fabric of Philadelphia. Tod Machover has been creating a series of ‘crowd-sourced’ pieces that are meant to capture the flavor of a particular city, and will be doing so with the premiere of Philadelphia Voices in partnership with various choirs [in April]…. Composer in residence Hannibal Lokumbe will be in similar dialogue with different parts of the community, such as the Philadelphia Detention Center, for the creation of Healing Tones … in the 2018-19 season. Among the six new and near-new concertos are two [by] Jennifer Higdon…. On a Wire will showcase the new-music ensemble eighth blackbird … and … Concerto for Lower Brass will showcase the brass section…. Another orchestra commission will be a flute concerto for principal Jeffrey Khaner by Samuel Jones.”

Posted February 24, 2017