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Philadelphia Orchestra’s new music director takes stage

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

This weekend the Philadelphia Orchestra will be conducted by its next music director. Yannick Nezet Sequin has conducted the orchestra before as a guest. This will be the first time he wields the baton as the designated music director, a job he will take in 2012.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

The thirty-five year old Yannick Nezet Seguin is short of stature but towering with energy. The musicians have said they instantly liked having him on the podium. He has conducted every major orchestra in the world, and says he is impressed by the intensity of the Fabulous Philadelphians.

He says his future programming will complement masterpieces with undersung work.

“So you not only have a nice meal, a balanced appetizer and a nice main course that goes well with dessert. That’s important to have a nice meal. But its more important to give an experience to the listener as to what is the common ground between Bach and Webern, the difference between Debussy and Verdi.”

Nezet-Seguin believes the Philadelphia’s Orchestra has suffered internationally because it hasn’t been recording or touring as it used to. He says a global reputation begins locally.

“The orchestra’s face to the world is intimately connected to its face in its community. No orchestra can tour if it’s not backed by its own community. To be backed by the community, it needs to be more present in the community.”

Nezet-Seguin keeps apartments in Montreal and Rotterdam. He says when he begins as music director in 2012 he will take up residence in Philadelphia.

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One Comment

  • excited says:

    Yes, we are excited about this appointment and have high hopes. But please, Maestro, do not neglect new music. Philadelphia Orchestra has a rich history of premiering new works (notably Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff back in the day). Let’s keep that tradition alive and put the orchestra back on the map as a fresh orchestral voice that isn’t afraid of the future of music.

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