Philadelphia Music Week
Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts - Concert Hall
Dates: May 31, 2012-Jun. 01, 2012
Duration: approximate 105 mins (intermission included)
Price: VIP/1080/900/780/600/480/280 RMB
In the 2010-11 season The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrated its 30-year artistic collaboration with Charles Dutoit, who made his debut with that ensemble in 1980, and who has held the title of chief conductor since 2008. With the 2012-13 season, the Orchestra will honor Mr. Dutoit by bestowing upon him the title of conductor laureate. Also artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic, Mr. Dutoit regularly collaborates with the world's pre-eminent orchestras and soloists. He has recorded extensively for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Philips, CBS, and Erato, and his more than 200 recordings have garnered over 40 awards and distinctions around the world.
For 25 years (1977 to 2002), Mr. Dutoit was artistic director of the Montreal Symphony, a dynamic musical partnership recognized the world over. Between 1990 and 2010 he was artistic director and principal conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s summer festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York. From 1991 to 2001 he was music director of the Orchestre National de France, with which he toured extensively on the five continents. In 1996 he was appointed music director of the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, with which he toured Europe, the United States, China, and Southeast Asia. He is today music director emeritus of that orchestra. Mr. Dutoit has been artistic director of both the Sapporo Pacific Music Festival and the Miyazaki International Music Festival in Japan, as well as the Canton International Summer Music Academy in Guangzhou, China, which he founded in 2005. In summer 2009 he became music director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. While still in his early 20s, Mr. Dutoit was invited by Herbert von Karajan to conductthe Vienna State Opera. Mr. Dutoit has since conducted at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
In 1991 Mr. Dutoit was made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Philadelphia. In 1995 he was named Grand Officier de l'Ordre National du Québec, and in 1996 Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France. In 1998 he was invested as an Honorary Officer of the Order of Canada, the country's highest award of merit. He was also the recipient of the 2010 Governor's Distinguished Arts Award, which recognizes a Pennsylvania artist of international fame, leadership, or renown whose creations or contributions enrich the state. Most recently, this past May Mr. Dutoit was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music.
Mr. Dutoit was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, and his extensive musical training included violin, viola, piano, percussion, music history, and composition at the conservatories and music academies of Geneva, Siena, Venice, and Boston. A globetrotter motivated by his passion for history and archaeology, political science, art, and architecture, Mr. Dutoit has traveled all the nations of the world.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra is among the world's leading orchestras. Renowned for its artistic excellence since its founding in 1900, the Orchestra has excited audiences with thousands of concerts in Philadelphia and around the world.
With only seven music directors throughout more than a century of unswerving orchestral distinction, the artistic heritage of The Philadelphia Orchestra is attributed to extraordinary musicianship under the leadership and innovation of Fritz Scheel (1900-07), Carl Pohlig (1907-12), Leopold Stokowski (1912-41), Eugene Ormandy (1936-80), Riccardo Muti (1980-92), Wolfgang Sawallisch (1993-2003), and Christoph Eschenbach (2003-08).
After 30 years of a celebrated association with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit continues the tradition as chief conductor. With the 2012-13 season, the Orchestra honors Mr. Dutoit by bestowing upon him the title conductor laureate. July 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of his debut with the Orchestra and since those first appearances, Mr. Dutoit has led hundreds of concerts in Philadelphia, at Carnegie Hall, and on tour; as artistic director of the Orchestra's summer concerts at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts; artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestra's summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center; and now as chief conductor. His role as conductor laureate extends this strong and steadfast relationship.
In June 2010 Yannick Nézet-Séguin was named the next music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, immediately joining the Orchestra's leadership team as music director designate. Mr. Nézet-Séguin's leadership era as music director begins with the 2012-13 season.
Beyond Philadelphia the Orchestra presents a series of concerts each year at New York's Carnegie Hall and a three-week residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Upstate New York. The ensemble also performs numerous concerts each year at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and regularly appears at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has an unparalleled legacy of firsts. Signature to its reputation are world or American premieres of such important works as Mahler's Symphony No. 8 ("Symphony of a Thousand"), Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, and Barber's Violin Concerto.
The Philadelphia Orchestra's tour history is characterized by landmark events. In 1936 the Orchestra became the first American orchestra to undertake a transcontinental tour; in 1949 it toured Great Britain as the first American orchestra to cross the Atlantic after World War II; in 1973 it became the first American orchestra to perform in the People's Republic of China; and in 1999 it became the first American symphony orchestra to visit Vietnam.
The Orchestra also boasts an extraordinary record of media firsts. It was the first symphonic orchestra to make electrical recordings (in 1925), the first to perform its own commercially sponsored radio broadcast (in 1929), the first to perform on the soundtrack of a feature film (Paramount's The Big Broadcast of 1937), the first to appear on a national television broadcast (in 1948), and the first major orchestra to give a live cybercast of a concert on the internet (in 1997). The Orchestra also became the first major orchestra to multi-cast a concert to large-screen venues through the Internet2 network.
In May 2010, The Philadelphia Orchestra visited National Centre for the Performing Arts under the baton of maestro Dutoit.
Don Juan Richard Strauss
Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria Von Weber Hindemith
Symphony No. 7 Beethoven
Classical Symphony Prokofiev
Niao Qing Si·The Interruption of a Dream Du Wei
(Top Award of NCPA Young Composer Programme)
Symphony No. 5 Shostakovich