Monday, November 29, 2021

Philadelphia Orchestra Cast Change

About five minutes after I received the Met press release with the Nozze cast and conductor updates, I got a very similar press release from Philly. I can imagine the phone call / chat / Zoom call on which one person from the Met's communications department said to a person at Philly's communication department something like "Oh, yes, thanks, I've sent out my press release and now you can send out yours." And also whatever discussions there were deciding on the exact wording from their joint music director, etc.

Philadelphia, November 29, 2021)—Following a busy fall that marked The Philadelphia Orchestra’s highly anticipated return to live concerts with audiences, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has withdrawn from the Orchestra’s December 31, 2021, and January 2, 2022, concerts. Conductor Xian Zhang has graciously agreed to lead both concerts. The program will include the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank’s Pachamama Meets an Ode, a Philadelphia Orchestra commission, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”), as previously scheduled. (Nézet-Séguin will lead the Carnegie Hall performance of these works on January 11, 2022.)


“We look forward to welcoming Xian Zhang to Verizon Hall for these special concerts and to her subscription debut with the Orchestra in May 2022,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “We are deeply grateful to Yannick for his leadership, artistry, and perseverance during the last 20 months—during which he and the Orchestra kept music front and center at a time when it was needed most—and for his extraordinary role in reuniting the Orchestra with audiences this fall.”


“I am grateful for the collaborations that led to deeply moving and memorable openings in Philadelphia, at the Met, at Carnegie Hall, and in Montreal, bringing us together again with audiences,” said Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “This has been a difficult time for so many and I have been, and remain, fully committed to providing much-needed hope and inspiration as we heal from the past year and a half. This short break will allow time for me to reenergize as we return in the new year with more inspiring art.” 

Xian Zhang is currently in her sixth season as music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She also holds the positions of principal guest conductor of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and conductor emeritus of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi following a successful period from 2009–2016 as their music director.  

No comments: