Van Wezel's Great American Orchestra Series to Include Philadelphia Orchestra, LORD OF THE DANCE


Next season's Great American Orchestra Series includes: The Philadelphia Orchestra (Sat. Feb. 9 2013 @ 8 PM), the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Sat. Feb. 23 @ 8 PM), and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra (Fri. Mar. 1 2013 @ 8 PM), along with two Specials: 14th Annual Salute to Vienna (Tues.Jan.1, 2013 @ 8PM), and violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman (Thurs. March 14, 2013 @ 8 PM). The powerful 2012-2013 Bravo Dance Series features MOMIX: Botanica (Tues. Jan.22, 2013 @ 8 PM), Motionhouse: Scattered (Tues. Jan. 29, 2013 @ 8 PM), the Russian National Ballet Theatre's Sleeping Beauty (Sun. Feb. 24, 2013 @ 7 PM), Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance (Tues. Mar. 12, 2013 @ 8 PM) and Parsons Dance (Wed. Mar. 20, 2013), and Dance Specials:  STOMP (Thurs. Jan.3, 2013), and Traces (Wed. Feb. 6 @ 8 PM).

Great American Orchestra Series

The Philadelphia Orchestra is admired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and for an unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music-making. While wholly committed to the exploration of classical music and repertoire, the Orchestra also continues to develop programs that resonate with contemporary audiences. The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world and is one of the prestigious "Big 5" American Orchestras.

Conductor: Rafael Fr?hbeck de Burgos

Soloist: André Watts, Piano


Liszt: Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No.3 [16']

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 [30']

***intermission*** [20'] 


Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 [31']

Sat. Feb. 9 2013 @ 8 PM 


For more than 100 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a part of Pittsburgh's cultural landscape.

Conductor: Manfred Honeck

Soloist: Denis Matsuev, Piano


Mussorgsky (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov):  Night on Bald Mountain          [12']

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2                                                 [33']


Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5, op. 64, E minor                                  [50']

Sat. Feb. 23 2013 @ 8 PM


Otherwise known as "America's Orchestra," the Boston Pops, with conductor Keith Lockhart performs hundreds of shows in Boston, across the US and internationally. The annual 4th of July concert from the Esplanade in Boston attracts over 300,000 people and is viewed by more than 20 million on CBS. "Evening at Pops", the longest running concert program on TV features 13 nation-wide broadcasts each season. The Boston Pops' recordings are released by RCA. The Boston Pops is always a sellout at the Van Wezel. The program will include a tribute to Barbra Streisand featuring Ann Hampton Calloway.

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