Philadelphia Orchestra’s Nézet-Séguin honored at city celebration, Sept. 10

Posted on: September 10, 2020

“Yannick Nézet-Séguin is being honored as one of Philadelphia’s world citizens,” writes Isabella Simonetti in Thursday’s (9/10) Philadelphia Inquirer. “Nézet-Séguin will receive a special tribute at the Global Philadelphia Association’s 5th Annual World Heritage City Celebration [on] Thursday. The Philadelphia Orchestra music director will be honored for helping the orchestra build a ‘diverse repertoire,’ which has included the complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies juxtaposed with new compositions from emerging artists to mark the composer’s 250th birthday. The GPA celebration event will highlight five years of Philadelphia’s World Heritage City project, which works to preserve Philadelphia cultural and historical landmarks … Several guests, including classical pianist Lang Lang and the Bacon Brothers, are scheduled to perform. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is slated to speak. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s GPA event will be held virtually…. The broadcast … can be viewed for free on Vimeo at 6 p.m. Thursday.… ‘Our World Heritage City Celebration is about showcasing the diversity of our region, celebrating our differences, and highlighting the importance of our global connections,’ said Robert J. McNeill, Global Philadelphia board chair.… ‘Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin embodies that spirit.’ ”