Philadelphia Orchestra sets fall 2021 return to Verizon Hall

Posted on: May 6, 2021

“Concerts will be shorter—60 to 75 minutes long—and without intermission. Attendance will be limited and audiences distanced. The ensemble will remain smaller, for now,” writes Peter Dobrin in Wednesday’s (5/5) Philadelphia Inquirer. “But this fall, when the Philadelphia Orchestra walks onto the stage of Verizon Hall, it will be before live audiences…. Musicians and repertoire are now set for the 2021-22 season, though only up to Dec. 31. Among the highlights: soprano Pretty Yende and conductor Rafael Payare in major Philadelphia Orchestra debuts … new principal guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann pairing Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9; and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading the orchestra and tuba player Carol Jantsch in the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Tuba Concerto…. The orchestra’s artists, repertoire, and way of presenting itself today is a reflection of lessons learned during the pandemic and concurrent societal shifts. Along with its live performances, the orchestra will continue online concerts … The art itself will be different, too [including] programming more work by women. More recently, the orchestra has diversified its repertoire and roster of guest artists … building a presence for Black composers and other artists. That focus will continue.”