Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Gil Shaham - Violin
Schumann - Third movement from Symphony No. 2
Janácek - Sinfonietta
Brahms - Violin Concerto
Dvorák - Slavonic Dance No. 1
Dvorák - Slavonic Dance No. 10
Dvorák - Slavonic Dance No. 8
Thursday, May 23, 2013
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The Philadelphia Orchestra will honor its former music director and conductor laureate, Wolfgang Sawallisch–who passed away February 22, 2013 during these performances, which feature repertoire that reflects his indelible artistic imprint on the Orchestra. The tribute will continue with post-concert chamber music featuring Orchestra musicians, which will take the place of our usual Post-Concert Conversations.
Eastern Europe comes alive in Janácek's Sinfonietta, a festive work with a stunning opening brass fanfare that includes 14 trumpets. A folk ethos likewise infuses the music of Dvorák; the latter credited Brahms with the success of his career, as the elder composer encouraged him greatly. The famous Violin Concerto of Brahms is performed by the incomparable Gil Shaham.