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Philadelphia Orchestra to Perform Beethoven's Fifth Symphony at NJPAC in January

The Fabulous Philadelphians perform Beethoven's powerhouse Fifth Symphony, as well as a pair of works by Shostakovich, in their first New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) appearance in nearly a decade on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM in Prudential Hall. Get your tickets now at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722).

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C, Op. 67
Shostakovich: Selections from The Gadfly

Founded in 1900, the Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the world's leading orchestras through its thrilling performances, historic international tours and best-selling recordings. The orchestra appears at NJPAC under the leadership of its new Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and features guest soloist Kirill Gerstein on piano.

The selections by Shostakovich are excerpts from The Gadfly, composed for the 1955 Soviet film of the same title, and the lighthearted Second Piano Concerto.

Kirill Gerstein's curiosity has led him to explore repertoire spanning centuries and styles, making him one of today's most intriguing and versatile musicians. His early training and forays into jazz were important in shaping his interpretive style and energetic and expressive musical personality.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is the eighth music director in the Philadelphia Orchestra's lineage, which also includes Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Christoph Eschenbach. He is Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

FREE PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK:
George Marriner Maull will host a Bank of America Classical Overture pre-performance talk, free to all ticket-holders. Learn more about the evening's program, gain valuable insight into the artists and composers, and deepen your experience by learning just what to listen for during the live performance. The talk begins one hour prior to curtain.


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