2022–23 SEASON: TRANSFORMATION
YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN and THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
on the Kimmel Cultural Campus
LANG LANG AND BALLETX TO OPEN SEASON SEPTEMBER 28
Nézet-Séguin to Conduct Choreographer Tiler Peck’s Setting of
Valerie Coleman’s Umoja, Saint-Saëns, Dvořák

FLORENCE PRICE EXPLORATION CONTINUES
Nézet-Séguin to Lead Price Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with Randall Goosby
Nézet-Séguin to Conduct Price Symphony No. 3
with Beatrice Rana Performing Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto

NÉZET-SÉGUIN TO CONDUCT THREE WORLD PREMIERE COMMISSIONS
John Luther Adams’s Vespers of the Blessed Earth
Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank’s Picaflor
Wang Xi’s Ēnso

RACHMANINOFF’S 150TH BIRTHDAY
Celebrating His Special Relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yuja Wang to Perform All Four Piano Concertos and Paganini Rhapsody,
Conducted by Nézet-Séguin
Stéphane Denève to Conduct Symphony No. 3
with Yefim Bronfman Performing the U.S. Premiere of Elena Firsova’s Piano Concerto
Nézet-Séguin to Conduct The Bells with Philadelphia Symphonic Choir

PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR NATHALIE STUTZMANN LEADS
World Premiere of Hilary Purrington’s Words for Departure, an Orchestra Commission;
Mozart’s Requiem; Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night
Bruch Concerto for Clarinet and Viola with Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales
and Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang, Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony
Brahms Violin Concerto with Gil Shaham

MUSIC THAT TRANSFORMS
Nézet-Séguin to Conduct William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony,
Premiered by Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1934
Nézet-Séguin to Conduct Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3
alongside Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Seong-Jin Cho
Aaron Diehl Trio to Perform Mary Lou Williams’s Zodiac Suite
Jennifer Koh to Perform World Premiere of Nina Young’s Traces, for violin and orchestra
Roderick Cox to Lead John Adams’s Dr. Atomic Symphony
Nézet-Séguin to Conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Pretty Yende,
Sheku Kanneh-Mason in Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major
William Eddins to Conduct Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Hilary Hahn and
First Philadelphia Orchestra Performances of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Sinfonietta No. 1
Innovative Dance Company Brian Sanders’ JUNK Returns for Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite
Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma to Perform One-Night-Only Recital
of Beethoven Trios

FILM SERIES: Big Screen, Full Orchestral Sound
Home Alone
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther

FAMILY CONCERTS RETURN
Including “Who Is Florence Price?” Program with Students from
the Special Music School at Kaufman Music Center

OUR CITY, YOUR ORCHESTRA
Collaborations with the Diverse Communities of Philadelphia

HEARTOGETHER PODCAST
Conversations on Social Justice, Creative Equity, and the Musical World
(Philadelphia, April 7, 2022)— After more than two years of transition and evolution, The Philadelphia Orchestra
and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin announce a fresh musical vista with bright horizons, the 2022–23
Season: TRANSFORMATION. Influenced by our time, humanity, and progress, the season reflects a reborn
institution with a collaborative artistic vision.
“Transition has defined these times. Within that idea lives transformation, and beautiful new musical horizons,” said
Nézet-Séguin. “Musical transformation can be inspired by composers and conductors, ideas and themes, artists
and repertoire. The 2022–23 season of The Philadelphia Orchestra is a diverse mosaic of all these aspects. I see
connections between Florence Price’s music from the last century and the work and ideas of Composer-inResidence Gabriela Lena Frank and John Luther Adams, which bring us into the present. When we perform the
world premieres of Gabriela’s Picaflor and John’s Vespers of the Blessed Earth, there is common ground to
discover, a continuum of music that points us to the future.”
“These past years have proven, again, the necessity of collaboration for society to thrive, and the essential role
music plays in moving us forward with the most positive spirit,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The
Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “Every day, we work to ensure that The Philadelphia Orchestra has
ever deeper connection to audiences, and integral meaning in the lives of all Philadelphians and beyond. With
Yannick and the Orchestra as our guides and inspiration, we bring people together, build connection and
association, and create meaning through music.”
Celebrating his eleventh season with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will open
the 2022–23 season on September 28 with a special program featuring Lang Lang performing Saint-Saëns’s
Piano Concerto No. 2 and contemporary ballet company BalletX making its Philadelphia Orchestra debut in
choreographer Tiler Peck’s setting of Valerie Coleman’s Umoja, Anthem for Unity (which the Orchestra
commissioned and premiered in 2019). In October, the Orchestra’s exploration and celebration of the music of
Florence Price will continue, as Nézet-Séguin leads the first Philadelphia Orchestra performances of her Violin
Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with Randall Goosby (October 6–9) and her Third Symphony (October 27, 29–30). The
Orchestra will also commemorate Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 150th birthday with performances of The Bells (October
6–9), all four piano concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Yuja Wang (January 26–February 5),
and the Third Symphony (February 23–25).
Music that Transforms
Women artists continue to be at the forefront of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s seasons. Commissions by a number
of composers who participated in the Orchestra’s 2018 composer showcase will receive their long-awaited
premieres—delayed by the pandemic—during the 2022–23 season. Hilary Purrington’s Words for Departure, a
choral work that reflects on relationships in our changing world, will be performed October 20–23. Featuring the
poetry of Louise Bogan, Words for Departure was composed in the early months of the pandemic as a meditation
on the importance of investing in others and examining how we treat one another. Principal Guest Conductor
Nathalie Stutzmann will lead the Orchestra and the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir in this performance alongside
Arnold Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night and Mozart’s Requiem. Also receiving world premieres are Nina Young’s
Traces, for violin and orchestra with violinist Jennifer Koh, an Orchestra co-commission (November 17–19) and
Wang Xi’s Ensō, named for a sacred Buddhist symbol meaning circle, that considers the flow and togetherness of
nature and people, also an Orchestra commission (December 8–10).
The Orchestra will bring its latest collaboration with Brian Sanders’ JUNK from the Digital Stage to the Verizon
Hall stage with a performance of Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite. JUNK, known for its physically intense performance
experiences and innovative style, will transform Shchedrin’s music into an immersive, modern Carmen. Kensho
Watanabe will return to lead these concerts, which also feature Lili Boulanger’s Of a Sad Evening and Stravinsky’s
Firebird Suite (March 10–12).
The Orchestra will also continue its exploration of works by artists whose voices have been historically
underrepresented. Nézet-Séguin will lead an ongoing celebration of works by Florence Price, with performances of
her two violin concertos (October 6–9) and her Symphony No. 3, composed amid the Chicago Renaissance. NézetSéguin will conduct the Symphony alongside the first Philadelphia Orchestra performances of Clara Schumann’s
Piano Concerto with Beatrice Rana (October 27, 29–30).
On November 14, 1934, Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra gave the world premiere of William
Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony, one of the first works by a Black composer to be premiered by a major
American orchestra. Now, almost 90 years later, Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphians will present this emotional
and personal work, inspired by traditional spirituals (February 2–3). In addition, pianist Aaron Diehl will return,
bringing with him the Aaron Diehl Trio, to join the Orchestra in its first performances of Mary Lou Williams’s
Zodiac Suite, a genre-crossing work inspired by musicians born under each of the astrological signs. Cristian
Măcelaru will conduct the program, which also features Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra (April 13–14, 16).
In a musical exploration of the environment and the fragility of nature, Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra will be
joined by Philadelphia-based choral group The Crossing (in its Philadelphia Orchestra debut) for the world premiere
of John Luther Adams’s Vespers of the Blessed Earth, an Orchestra commission (March 30, April 1–2). Driven
by a deep concern for the state of the earth and the future of humanity, Adams composed Vespers as a reflection
on humanity’s impact on the planet. The world premiere will take place alongside Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Bringing the season to a triumphant finale, Nézet-Séguin will lead the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence
Gabriela Lena Frank’s Picaflor, the retelling of a traditional Peruvian creation myth about a picaflor, or
hummingbird, that pollinates the world and its varying wildlife, giving birth to a vibrant and complex earth. To share
a message of environmental consciousness and cultural inclusivity, this community commission will be told through
the voices of Philadelphians. The experiences and personal origin stories of students and teachers from the School
District of Philadelphia will inspire the text, and students and teachers from Esperanza will help to create a visual
art component. Nézet-Séguin will conduct the world premiere alongside Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique (May 11–
13).
Rachmaninoff 150
“Philadelphia has the finest orchestra I have ever heard at any time or any place in my whole life. I don’t know that I
would be exaggerating if I said that it is the finest orchestra the world has ever heard.”—Sergei Rachmaninoff
The Philadelphia Orchestra will commemorate the 150th birthday of Sergei Rachmaninoff and his longstanding
relationship with, and love for, the Orchestra. Yuja Wang will join Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra for two weeks of
performances featuring the composer’s four piano concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (January
26–27 and February 4–5). Nézet-Séguin will also lead performances of The Bells (October 6–9) and former
Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève will lead his Symphony No. 3 (February 23–25).
Rachmaninoff’s close, collaborative relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra began in November 1909, during
his initial three-month tour of America. His second appearance with the ensemble took place in March 1919. The
following season, the Orchestra presented an all-Rachmaninoff program in February 1920, featuring the composer
performing his Piano Concerto No. 3 and Stokowski conducting the American premiere of The Bells. Stokowski and
The Philadelphia Orchestra performed and recorded with Rachmaninoff many times in the 1920s and 1930s and
gave the world premieres of five of his compositions while he was alive: the Piano Concerto No. 4 (with the
composer as soloist) and Three Russian Songs in March 1927, the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in
November 1934 (with the composer as soloist), the Third Symphony in November 1936, and Symphonic Dances in
January 1941. (It also gave the world premiere of Act I from his opera Monna Vanna in August 1984.)
Additional Season Highlights
The Orchestra’s 2022–23 season will feature the return of many fan favorites alongside thrilling debuts. Audiences
will hear music they know and love and discover new works performed by some of today’s leading musical voices.
• Daniil Trifonov will return to join Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra for Opening Weekend performances of
Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 alongside Valerie Coleman’s Umoja, Anthem for Unity and Dvořák’s
Symphony No. 8 (September 30–October 2)
• Hilary Hahn will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with William Eddins on the podium; the concerts
will also feature the first Philadelphia Orchestra performances of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Sinfonietta
No. 1 (October 13–15)
• Bramwell Tovey will conduct the Orchestra in Holst’s The Planets (November 17–19)
• Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales and Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang will take center stage as
soloists in Bruch’s Concerto for Clarinet and Viola with Principal Guest Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann
(December 1–3)
• In a program led by Nézet-Séguin, Sheku Kanneh-Mason will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major
in his Philadelphia Orchestra debut; the program will also feature soprano Pretty Yende in Mahler’s
Symphony No. 4 (December 8–10)
• Roderick Cox will make his Philadelphia Orchestra debut conducting the first Philadelphia Orchestra
performances of John Adams’s Dr. Atomic Symphony, Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloé, and
Augustin Hadelich in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto (January 13–14)
• Nézet-Séguin will lead the Orchestra in its first performances of Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3 and
Seong-Jin Cho in Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (January 19–21)
• Gil Shaham will return to perform Brahms’s Violin Concerto on a program also featuring Brahms’s
Symphony No. 1, led by Principal Guest Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann (February 9–11)
• Yefim Bronfman will return to perform the United States premiere of Elena Firsova’s Piano Concerto, a
Philadelphia Orchestra co-commission, in a program led by Stéphane Denève (February 23–25)
• Emanuel Ax will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18 (March 3–5)
• Pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform a special one-nightonly recital of Beethoven trios (March 18) (This does not include The Philadelphia Orchestra)
• Dalia Stasevska will make her Philadelphia Orchestra debut leading Wayne Marshall, also in his
Philadelphia Orchestra debut, in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto alongside the first Philadelphia Orchestra
performances of Andrea Tarrodi’s Liguria and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 (March 23–25)
• Inon Barnatan will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, led by Karina Canellakis; the program will
also feature Julia Perry’s Study for Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) (April 20 and 22)
• Principal Oboe Philippe Tondre will feature in Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with Matthias Pintscher in his
Philadelphia Orchestra conducting debut (April 29–30)
• Nézet-Séguin will lead performances of two of Bruckner’s sacred works, “Christus factus est” and the Te
Deum, in addition to his final, and unfinished, Symphony No. 9 (May 5–6)
Film Series
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s film series will bring audiences into the middle of the action as the Orchestra performs
timeless scores live alongside beloved films:
• Audiences can relive their favorite moments in Home Alone as the Orchestra plays John Williams’s Oscarnominated score of this family favorite (November 25–27)
• With some help from Jim Henson Productions, the Orchestra will usher in the magic of the holiday season
with The Muppet Christmas Carol (December 17–18)
• The Orchestra will perform Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar-winning score for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther
while audiences enjoy the groundbreaking film (March 17–19)
Family Concerts Return
Following a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orchestra’s Family Concerts will return during the 2022–23
season. Tailored for children ages six to 12, Family Concerts ignite the imagination and inspire the next generation
of music lovers. All Family Concerts are sensory friendly and preceded by Pre-Concert Adventures, interactive
explorations of music tied to the theme of the concert. The following Saturday morning programs will take place
throughout the season:
• Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf: Conductor Lina Gonzalez-Granados and Narrator Michael Boudewyns
will take audiences on a journey through Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, offering the perfect introduction to
instruments of the orchestra (October 15)
• Children’s Holiday Spectacular: Aram Demirjian will lead this festive celebration of Christmas favorites
and sing-alongs (December 10)
• Peer Gynt: The Orchestra and Enchantment Theatre Company will take audiences on an exploration of
Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, popularized by Looney Tunes, Tim Burton, and The Simpsons (February 11)
• Who Is Florence Price?: The Philadelphia Orchestra will team up with students from the Special Music
School at Kaufman Music Center to introduce young listeners to Florence Price, the pioneering Black
composer whose work was tragically overlooked during her lifetime (March 25)
2022–23 Season Subscriptions
Subscription packages go on sale April 7, 2022, at 12 PM ET and Create-Your-Own series will be available
beginning May 9, 2022, at www.philorch.org/transform or 215.893.1955. Subscribers to Verizon Hall concerts can
enjoy increased flexibility in ticketing with fee-free exchanges. Single tickets will go on sale mid-August.
The Digital Stage Continues
Digital Stage concerts will return with presentations available for at-home streaming. Subscribers can add Digital
Stage programs for $10 each. The high-resolution digital performances are accessible on mobile devices,
computers, and TV via Chromecast and similar apps. Digital Stage performances begin with a real-time stream,
after which they are available on demand for one week.
Lead support for the Digital Stage is provided by:
Claudia and Richard Balderston
Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr.
The CHG Charitable Trust
Edith R. Dixon
Innisfree Foundation
Gretchen and M. Roy Jackson
Dr. Richard M. Klein
Neal W. Krouse
John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Leslie A. Miller and Richard B. Worley
Ralph and Beth Muller
Neubauer Family Foundation
William Penn Foundation
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage
Peter and Mari Shaw
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Townsend
Waterman Trust
Constance and Sankey Williams
Wyncote Foundation
Your Philadelphia Orchestra
Together with partners in the Philadelphia region, and with thinkers from far and wide, the free digital series Our
City, Your Orchestra and the podcast series HearTOGETHER have helped to share stories that inspire, connect,
challenge, and unite through the power of music. Both series will continue in the 2022–23 season.
Originally designed as a way to support Black-owned businesses, non-profit institutions, and other iconic
Philadelphia locations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Our City, Your Orchestra connects The Philadelphia
Orchestra with communities through music and dialog and celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of the Philadelphia
region. Musical selections are chosen specifically for, and in collaboration with, each partner organization to
showcase its unique mission, and interviews help tell the inspiring stories of each location. Upcoming episodes will
feature organizations advocating for change, sites of historical significance, and businesses that represent and
serve resilient communities. Details will be announced at a later date. Episodes will be released on the first and
15th of each month at www.philorch.org/ocyo and will remain available online for viewing at any time. Our City,
Your Orchestra is supported in part by the William Penn Foundation, with additional support provided through the
PNC Arts Alive initiative, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Presser Foundation.
The HearTOGETHER podcast is a space for honest conversations about music, social justice, and the lived
experiences that inform and drive artists, academics, and activists working toward a more equitable and inclusive
future for music. Details about season 3 will be announced at a later date. New episodes of HearTOGETHER will
be released on the first Friday of each month on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more, as well as
at www.philorch.org/heartogether. HearTOGETHER is supported by lead corporate sponsor Accordant Advisors.
Additional support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Orchestra will continue its free ticket
program for School District teachers, administrators, and staff. Designed to give back to those who devote so much
to the children and communities of Philadelphia, APPLE (Appreciation Program for PhilaSD Leaders in
Education) offers School District employees free general admission and Digital Stage tickets to concerts
throughout the 2022–23 season. The APPLE program is funded in part by the Nancy and William A. Loeb Student
Education Fund.
The Orchestra’s Student Circle program for high school, undergraduate, and graduate college/university students
will also continue. For $25 a year, members get access to $8 tickets for select Verizon Hall concerts, free access to
all 2022–23 Digital Stage concerts, and additional opportunities throughout season. The Student Circle program is
funded in part by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation and an anonymous donor.
Summer with The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra will proudly return to its three summer homes for concerts in 2023. Tickets for these
residencies will go on sale at a later date.
The Orchestra will return to its Philadelphia summer home, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, in the heart
of Fairmount Park, for special performances under the stars. For more information, visit www.manncenter.org.
High atop the Rocky Mountains, the Orchestra will perform at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado. Hailed
as one of the Top 10 “Can’t Miss” Classical Music Festivals in the United States by NPR, Bravo! Vail is the only
festival in North America to host four acclaimed orchestras in a single season. For more information, visit
www.bravovail.org.
Built for The Philadelphia Orchestra and New York City Ballet (NYCB) and opened in 1966, the Saratoga
Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home of The Philadelphia Orchestra, NYCB, and Chamber Music
Society of Lincoln Center. SPAC is located in Saratoga Springs, New York, a world-class cultural destination with
exceptional museums, bookstores, theater, music and dance across all genres. A city full of historic architecture
and green space, with close proximity to Lake George and the majestic Adirondacks, makes it the perfect
confluence of man-made beauty and natural beauty. For more information, visit www.spac.org.