I can’t remember the last time I saw a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Maybe in high school, when our band/orchestra director would run after-school trips to concerts at the Academy of Music several times a year.
I had the pleasure of attending a varied concert with new conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and soloist Gil Shaham at the Kimmel Center. I had heard Gil Shaham perform Barber and Korngold on disc and so was very interested in his performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto. It didn’t disappoint.
Other pieces on the program, a Wolfgang Sawallisch Memorial Concert, in addition to the Brahms:
- Schumann – Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op 61 – III. Adagio espressivo
- Janácek – Sinfonietta
- Dvorak – Slovanic Dances – three chosen from Opus 46 and 72
I am looking forward to visiting the Philadelphia Orchestra again next season, depending on the repertoire and soloists.