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January 02, 2018

Escape to the British Isles with the Philadelphia Orchestra

Concert program includes 'variety of beloved masterworks and novelty'

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Each January, the Philadelphia Orchestra's Winter Festival presents music-lovers with the sounds and cultures of exotic places. 

This season, music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead a tour of the British Isles, which have been a destination for composers for centuries, inspiring timeless music.

Three weekends in January, the orchestra will perform music that transports concert attendees from Verizon Hall to the islands. There will be a new experience for audiences each week of the festival.


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The varied programs will feature music written by eight different composers, including James MacMilan, Handel, Britten and Peter Maxwell Davies. 

In addition to Nézet-Séguin, the festival will feature pianist Yefim Bronfman performing Beethoven, first associate concertmaster Juliette Kang in a solo role and conductor Fabio Luisi.

“What we’ve assembled is a great variety of beloved masterworks and novelty that we know will make for a memorable experience," stated Jeremy Rothman, vice president of artistic planning for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The program lineup is below:

• Week One: Handel and Britten (Jan. 11-13)
• Week Two: Bruch and Mendelssohn (Jan. 18-20)
• Week Three: Haydn and Beethoven (Jan. 24-26)


2018 Winter Festival: The British Isles

Thursday, Jan. 11 through Friday, Jan. 26
Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall
300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 893-1999