Sorcerers, Spells, and Magic

Stéphane Denève - Conductor

Isabel Leonard - Mezzo-soprano (The Child)

Anna Christy - Soprano (The Fire, The Nightingale, The Princess)

Meigui Zhang - Soprano (The Bergère, The Bat, The Screech-owl, A Country Lass)

Valentina Pluzhnikova - Mezzo-soprano (The White Cat, The Squirrel, A Herdsman)

Sara Couden - Contralto (Mama, The Chinese Cup, The Dragonfly)

Mathias Vidal - Tenor (The Teapot, The Little Old Man, The Tree Frog)

John Moore - Baritone (The Comtoise Clock, The Black Cat)

Yunpeng Wang - Baritone (The Armchair, A Tree)

Westminster Symphonic Choir

Joe Miller - Director

Philadelphia Boys Choir

Jeffrey R. Smith - Artistic Director

Omer Ben Seadia - Stage Director


Mozart - Overture to The Magic Flute

Dukas - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Williams - Selections from Harry Potter

INTERMISSION - Intermission

Ravel - L'Enfant et les sortilèges

Saturday, February 15, 2020

8:00 pm Verizon Hall
The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates Valentine's weekend with spellbinding music, beginning with Mozart's bewitching The Magic Flute. Magic takes a darker turn in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Dukas's symphonic poem immortalized by Mickey Mouse battling demonic brooms in Fantasia. Stéphane Denève is a passionate exponent of John Williams's endlessly creative music for the cinema, represented here by his spookily charming Harry Potter scores. Youth and magic reappear in Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells), a one-act fairy tale opera with libretto by renowned French author Colette, and featuring talent from the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Enchanting!
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