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The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Paris Festival: Week One

Jan 12, 2017
Jan 14, 2017

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The Paris Festival: Week One

Thursday, January 12 8:00 PM
Friday, January 13 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 14 8:00 PM 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Susan Graham Mezzo-soprano 

Chabrier Joyeuse Marche
Fauré Pavane
Saint-Saëns "Bacchanale," from Samson and Delilah
Canteloube Selections from Songs of the Auvergne
Ravel Menuet antique
Schmitt Suite from La Tragédie de Salomé 

Paris is home to one of the world’s richest mixtures of culture and music. This first of three Festival programs celebrates composers who were based in the City of Light. At the heart of the concert are the gorgeous selections from Joseph Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, a work often requested by our audience. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will float the exquisite melodies straight into your heart while showcasing the extraordinary chemistry she enjoys with Yannick. Chabrier was a composer’s composer; his Joyeuse Marche is a jaunty parade through the boulevards of Paris. Fauré’s haunting Pavane has delighted Parisiens (and everyone else) since its first performances in the 1880s. Saint-Saëns’s “Bacchanale” is a raucous episode from his opera Samson and Delilah. Ravel’s Menuet antique is perhaps inspired by Chabrier, an early supporter. And Florent Schmitt’s Suite from La Tragédie de Salomé anticipates the work of another Paris resident, Stravinsky. The lives (and works) of these composers intertwined; we know you’ll relish the musical riches that could only have been born in Paris.

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Verizon Hall