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Philadelphia Orchestra WomenNOW Concert Series

January 23 - September 12

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Hear and see women’s influence on orchestral music!

Enjoy music by women composers or featuring women as conductors, instrumentalists or vocalists at Philadelphia Orchestra concerts during 2020.

Below are links to complete information for each concert in the WomenNOW series and a short description of the women featured.

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2020 WomenNOW Concerts

BeethovenNOW: Bronfman Plays Concerto No. 4 (1/23,1/24,1/26)
The first piece on this program will be “Dust Devils,” by composer Vivian Fung.

BeethovenNOW: Trifonov Plays Concertos No. 1 & 5 (1/30-2/2)
The program includes pieces by two formidable composers: Lili Boulanger, the first woman to win the prestigious Prix de Rome composition prize, and Louise Farrenc, whose Symphony No. 2 dialogues with Beethoven.

BeethovenNOW: Ax Plays Concertos No. 2 & 3 (2/6-2/8)
Rising star and Curtis Institute of Music graduate Karina Canellakis makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut as conductor. Among the program’s three pieces are Work in Dialogue with Beethoven by composer Jessica Hunt and Lineage by composer Zosha Di Castri, written as a tribute to her grandmother.

Symphonie Fantastique (2/20-2/22)
The young French pianist Lise de la Salle is featured in Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The Washington Post wrote of her: “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe.”

Porgy and Bess (3/5-3/7)
Pioneering conductor Marin Alsop leads our performances of this tale of oppression, struggle, hope, and love. The cast includes soprano Angel Blue, hailed by Plácido Domingo as “the next Leontyne Price.”

BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 2 & 3 (3/19, 3/21, 3/22)
BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 1 & 9 (4/2, 4/4, 4/5)
The Orchestra celebrates the 250th birthday of Beethoven by performing two of his symphonies alongside music by composers of today in dialogue with those symphonies. Among them are Composer-in- Residence Gabriela Lena Frank and a diverse group of composers from her Creative Academy of Music.

Thibaudet and Liszt (4/17-4/18)
The program includes Anna Clyne‘s imaginative This Midnight Hour. Highlighting the power of the lower strings, it evokes the journey of a mysterious woman “stripped bare, running mad through the night.”

Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich (4/30-5/2)
The program includes The Garden of Dreams: Hommage to Shostakovich by composer Elena Firsova, who was blacklisted and exiled from the Soviet Union in the latter part of the 20th century.

Elektra (5/15, 5/17, 5/19)
The performance features a cast of vocal powerhouses, including Christine Goerke. She sings the title role, a tormented daughter obsessed with avenging the death of her father, Agamemnon.

Yuja Wang and the Brahms Piano Concertos (5/28-5/31)
The fiery Yuja Wang, a Curtis Institute of Music graduate, brings her technical virtuosity and thoughtful depth of music-making to Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 3.


January 23
September 12
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