The Philadelphia Orchestra feat. the National Youth Orchestra

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 8:00pm
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
United States

The Mann Center and The Philadelphia Orchestra welcome the National Youth Orchestra, the best and the brightest of tomorrow’s orchestra stars, for a unique concert conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto. Playing side-by-side with the Fabulous Philadelphians, these exciting, young musicians from all over the country will open the concert on their own with the most evocative tone poem ever written about a river: The Moldau, the masterpiece of Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. Partnering with the fabled musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Maestro Prieto leads the combined forces in two works that reflect his Mexican origin and Spanish-speaking heritage. Huapango, written by Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo, is a breathlessly exuberant virtuoso showpiece that has been called the unofficial second national anthem of Mexico. Rounding out the first half of the performance, the two orchestras offer selections from Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat, the greatest of all Spanish ballets.

The second half features The Philadelphia Orchestra in one of their all-time showpieces: Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical evocation of Sheherazade from One Thousand and One Nights, one of the most resourceful women in history. Revel in the sheer virtuosity of the modern orchestra in a program that features the stars of tomorrow alongside our stars of today!

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