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Event Series Event Series: The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

07/30/2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Thursday, July 28 – New Worlds at 7:30 p.m.

Mazzoli           Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) *
Puts               Contact: Concerto for Two Violins, Bass and Orchestra*
Dvořák            Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)

Highlighting the program on Thursday, July 28 is the East Coast SPAC Premiere of Contact by Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts featuring Time for Three. The new work was co-commissioned by SPAC and draws inspiration from Time for Three’s extraordinary energy and spontaneity as a boundary-breaking ensemble. The work was originally planned as part of SPAC’s 2020 season.

According to Puts, he “collaborated perhaps more closely than ever before in his career to create music tailored to the group’s unique style of performance–one which combines dazzling virtuosity, spontaneity, singing, all manner of string techniques and an infectious joy for music itself that remains with the audience long after the last note sounds.”

Earning praise from NPR, NBC, and The Wall Street JournalTime for Three is renowned for their charismatic and energetic performances in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and The Royal Albert Hall. They have collaborated with artists as diverse as Ben Folds, Branford Marsalis, and Joshua Bell, and have premiered original works by composers Chris Brubeck and Pulitzer Prize-winners Jennifer Higdon and William Bolcom.

Also featured is the SPAC premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres), which, in the composer’s words is “a piece that churns and roils, that inches close to the listener only to leap away at breakneck speed” and Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony, one of the most beloved works in the repertoire with its lush melodies and majestic conclusion.

Friday, July 29 –Joshua Bell & Larisa Martinez – Voice and the Violin at 7:30 p.m.

Berlioz                         Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict
Mendelssohn              “Ah, ritorna, età dell’oro”  from Infelice
(arr. Stephenson)
Dvořák                         “Songs My Mother Taught Me” from Slavonic Fantasy
(arr. Kreisler)
Delibes                        Les filles de Cadix
Mascagni                     “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana
Sarasate                      “Habanera” from Carmen Fantasy, op. 25
Verdi                           Overture to Nabucco
Hérold                         “Jours de mon enfance” from Le pré aux clercs
Chopin                         Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2
(arr. Bell/Wallace)
Smetana                      Three Dances from The Bartered Bride
Bernstein                     Medley from West Side Story
(arr. Brohn/Czarnecki)

 Violinist Joshua Bell and soprano Larisa Martinez come together with The Philadelphia Orchestra to present “Voice and the Violin,” an evening of beloved romantic arias and modern classics.

Saturday, July 30 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert at 7:30 p.m.

The third installment of the popular series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™, will be screened alongside the Orchestra performing, live to picture, every note.

In the film, Harry, Ron and Hermione meet escaped prisoner Sirius Black™ and learn to handle a half-horse/half-eagle Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts and master the art of Divination. Harry must also withstand soul-sucking Dementors™, outsmart a dangerous werewolf and deal with the truth about Sirius and his relationship to Harry and his parents.

Earning an Oscar® nomination for the score, the spellbinding and masterful music composed by John Williams became a celebrated classic, conjuring beautiful, soaring motifs continuing the adventures of Harry Potter™ and his friends on their magical journey.

WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s22)



7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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