108 Avenue of the Pines
The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to its summer home in Saratoga Springs this summer, marking the Orchestra’s first live performance at SPAC since the pandemic hit last year.PROGRAM
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor and piano
Mozart         Piano Concerto No. 12*
Price         Symphony No. 1*
Approximately 90 minutes long with no intermission.PROGRAM NOTES
Opening Night of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s residency includes a “first” for SPAC audiences as Yannick leads the Orchestra from the piano. Written following his arrival in Vienna, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 is “very brilliant, pleasing to the ear, and natural, without being insipid,” in the composer’s own words. Listen for its melodic opulence and thrilling cadenzas.
Also highlighting the evening is the SPAC premiere of the Symphony No. 1 by Florence Price. In 1933, Price’s First Symphony was the first symphonic work by a Black woman to be played by a major American orchestra. Steeped in American folk music, spirituals, and church hymns, her celebrated work reflects her experience as a Black woman raised in the post-Civil War South.
*indicates SPAC Premiere
All programs subject to change.
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