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October 17, 2012

Yannick speaks with Orchestra staff and volunteers who have welcomed him to the Kimmel Center for his first day of rehearsal as music director. Photo by Pete Checchia
 
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick reviews a passage in Verdi’s Requiem with Principal Second Violin Kimberly Fisher and Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang at the break during the first rehearsal. Photo by Pete Checchia

 
Here at last! Yannick has returned to Philadelphia, where he officially begins his tenure as the Orchestra’s eighth music director with a gala Opening Concert on October 18, 2012, two weeks of subscription concerts at the Orchestra’s home in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, and with his Carnegie Hall debut on October 23 in New York City. The gala concert, featuring soprano Renée Fleming, includes Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, and “Mein Elemer!” from Arabella by Richard Strauss. For the Orchestra’s first subscription series at the Kimmel Center and for his Carnegie Hall debut, Yannick has chosen Verdi’s Requiem, featuring soprano Marina Poplavskaya, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, tenor Rolando Villazón, bass Mikhail Petrenko, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir.