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Scaling New Heights as the Season Begins

September 18, 2014

If you walk by the Kimmel Center you can practically feel the excitement! Our 2014-15 season is just days away, and we’re kicking it off in fine Philadelphia style: with a keyboard star, a symphonic spectacular … and a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure.

Photo by Jessica Griffin

Local favorite (and proud Curtis Institute of Music grad) Lang Lang will dazzle us with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17. If you’ve never heard him live, come and see why the New York Times calls him “the hottest artist on the classical music planet.” Yannick and the Orchestra are pulling out all the stops for Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony. And we do mean all the stops: 125 players, wind and thunder machines, cowbells, and an off-stage brass choir will combine to transport us to a peak musical experience.

Photo by Harald Hoffmann

And the mystery? As part of our 40/40 Project (40 pieces not heard on subscription concerts in at least 40 years, in honor of Yannick’s 40th birthday), three pieces for these opening concerts have been chosen by you, the audience. The votes are in, they’re being counted, and soon we’ll know which work will lead off each night of this first weekend of the season. There’s still time to buy tickets, and be a part of this vital living tradition. Join the Fabulous Philadelphians as the season begins!