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PA PA 19102
United States
Google maps39° 56' 48.174" N 75° 9' 56.948" W
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Marin Alsop celebrates the American melting pot in Philadelphia

Marin Alsop © Grant Leighton
The program paired works of two living female composers with a suite of selections from Porgy and Bess, featuring star soprano Angel Blue.
***11
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Edward Gardner impresses in Philadelphia debut

Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Michael Daugherty’s Once Upon a Castle, composed in 2003, is the highlight of Edward Gardner's Philadelphia Orchestra debut.  
*****
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A match made in Mendelssohn

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
Herbert Blomstedt and Lise de la Salle proved an ideal pair in the rarely heard Piano Concerto no. 2 in D minor with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
*****
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Philadelphia Orchestra conjures sorcerers and spells

Isabel Leonard © Deniz Saylan
Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges made up for an uneven first half that jumped from Mozart to Harry Potter.
***11
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Karina Canellakis makes impressive Philadelphia debut

Karina Canellakis © Mathias Bothor
Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto and works by Di Castri and Lutosławski round out the program.
*****
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Trifonov and the Philadelphians celebrate Beethoven

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | DG
Daniil Trifonov's radiant reading of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, and two impressive works by Lili Boulanger and Louise Farrenc, as Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra.
*****
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Take me to church: Nézet-Séguin leads Bach's Mass in B minor

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
Bach's crowning musical achievement made a disappointing return to the Philadelphia Orchestra repertoire after a 34-year absence.
**111
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Gil Shaham shines in Beethoven's Violin Concerto

Gil Shaham © Luke Ratray
Guest conductor Susanna Mälkki also showed her mettle in a fully realized performance of Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony.
****1
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