Performance Friday, December 8, 2017 | 8 PM

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
It’s a night of love, scandal, and drama. Bernstein’s Serenade, after by Plato’s Symposium, explores the nature of love; its essence is captured in lyrical music laced with virtuosic solo violin passages that simultaneously eschew and hint at the West Side Story style. Sexual scandal drives the plot of Thomas Adès’s opera Powder Her Face with music—sultry tangos and uneasy waltzes—that evoke the glittery world of its protagonist, the Duchess of Argyll. Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 lives in a gentler world of rich melody, technicolor orchestration, and drama.


  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
  • Hilary Hahn, Violin


  • THOMAS ADÈS Powder Her Face Suite (newly expanded version; NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • BERNSTEIN Serenade (After Plato's Symposium)
  • SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1


SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 (Quasi una fantasia)
The Philadelphia Orchestra | Eugene Ormandy, Conductor

Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.
This performance is part of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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