Music Director of Philadelphia Orchestra leads orchestra in Impressionist and Romantic works
PHILADELPHIA—March 28, 2019—In the final program of its 2018–19 season, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and mentor conductor at the Curtis Institute of Music, on Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m. in Verizon Hall at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. An additional performance takes place in Alumnae Hall at Immaculata University on Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m.
Throughout his meteoric rise to become a leading conductor of his generation, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has consistently captivated musicians and audiences with interpretations that are engrossing, scintillating, and deeply personal. His musical passions spring to life through two performances pairing Impressionist and Romantic masterworks. Conducting fellow Yue Bao leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Ravel’s Une Barque sur l'océan to open the program. Mr. Nézet-Séguin then takes the podium to explore the steely grays and dusky impressionism of Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes, which are enhanced by a female chorus from Choral Arts Philadelphia, and the sweeping majesty of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9.
Mr. Nézet-Séguin has served as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012 and as mentor conductor at the Curtis Institute of Music since 2013, where he mentors student conductors through the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellowships, held this season by Yue Bao and Yuwon Kim. He last appeared with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Verizon Hall in January 2014.
Single tickets to the Immaculata University concert for $20 are available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or Curtis.edu/Performances. Single tickets to the Verizon Hall concert start at $25 and can be purchased through the Kimmel Center Box Office at (215) 893-1999 or KimmelCenter.org. This concert is supported by the Jack Wolgin Curtis Orchestral Concerts Endowment Fund.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin is music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain; and in September 2018, began his tenure as music director of the Metropolitan Opera. Widely recognized for his musicianship, dedication, and charisma, Mr. Nézet-Séguin has established himself as a musical leader of the highest caliber and one of the most exciting talents of his generation. His highly collaborative style, deeply rooted musical curiosity, boundless enthusiasm, and fresh approach to programming have been heralded by audiences and critics alike.
Mr. Nézet-Séguin has appeared with most of the world’s leading orchestras. He enjoys close collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He is honorary conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic after serving as its music director from 2008 to 2018; and was principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic from 2008 to 2014. He has appeared repeatedly at the BBC Proms and many European and North American festivals, among them Edinburgh, Grafenegg, Lanaudière, Lucerne, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Saratoga, and Vail. He has conducted annually at the Metropolitan Opera since 2009, and has led productions at Teatro alla Scala in Milan; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London; Netherlands Opera; and the Vienna State Opera. He records for Deutsche Grammophon.
A native of Montreal, Mr. Nézet-Séguin studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Conservatoire de music du Québec. He continued his studies with renowned conductor Carlo Maria Giulini, and also studied choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt at Westminster Choir College. His honors include Musical America’s Artist of the Year (2016), the Royal Philharmonic Society Award, Canada’s National Arts Centre Award, and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. He holds honorary doctorates from multiple institutions, including the University of Québec in Montreal, Westminster Choir College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he has served on the faculty as mentor conductor since 2013.
Acclaimed for its “otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication” (New York Times), the Curtis Symphony Orchestra offers a dynamic showcase of tomorrow’s exceptional young talent. Each year the 100 extraordinary musicians of the orchestra work with internationally renowned conductors, including Osmo Vänskä, Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Yannick Nézet Séguin, who also mentors the early-career conductors who hold Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellowships. This professional training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in America’s leading orchestras, as well as esteemed orchestral, opera, and chamber ensembles around the world.
Yannick: Impressionist and Romantic
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m.
Alumnae Hall, Immaculata University, 1145 King Road, Immaculata, Pa.
Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Yue Bao, conducting fellow
Members of Choral Arts Philadelphia
Matthew Glandorf, choral preparation
|Une Barque sur l'océan
Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Single tickets: $20, sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office at Curtis.edu/Performances, or (215) 893-7902.
Single tickets: $25–85, sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office at KimmelCenter.org, or (215) 893-1999.
The guest conductor for this Curtis Symphony Orchestra performance is made possible by the Gustave and Rita Hauser Chair.
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