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Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Lead The Philadelphia Orchestra on Midwest U.S. Tour September 25-27, 2018

September 5, 2018

Concerts in Iowa City, Kansas City, and Ann Arbor

will feature violinist Lisa Batiashvili and new orchestral suite to Nico Muhly opera Marnie


(Philadelphia, September 5, 2018)—The Philadelphia Orchestra will travel to the Midwest U.S. under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin for a three-concert tour from September 25-27, 2018. The tour will include performances in Iowa City, IA, Kansas City, MO, and Ann Arbor, MI, featuring acclaimed violinist Lisa Batiashvili as guest soloist. The Orchestra last performed in Iowa City in 2001 (shortly after 9/11, including a stirring performance of “America the Beautiful”), Kansas City in 2007, and Ann Arbor in 1994.

Following the Metropolitan Opera’s U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly’s opera Marnie and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s world premiere of the companion orchestral suite, Liar, the Orchestra will take the suite on the road for audiences in the Midwest. Concert programs will also feature Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

“We are delighted to return to the Midwest after all these years to perform for our beloved fans,” said Nézet-Séguin. “This tour is very special to me, because we are able to bring our past, present, and future to these audiences. Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances was written expressly for The Philadelphia Orchestra, so it is always an honor to bring it to life through the Philadelphia Sound. It is always special to collaborate with my ‘sister-in-music’ Lisa Batiashvili, one of the greatest violinists of our time. And I am looking forward to presenting Nico Muhly’s Liar suite from Marnie, a result of my dual role leading both The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera.”

Concert Schedule:

Iowa City: September 25 at 7:30 PM CDT at the University of Iowa, Hancher Auditorium

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Kansas City: September 26 at 7:00 PM CDT at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall (venue debut), presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series

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Ann Arbor: September 27 at 7:30 PM EDT at the University of Michigan, Hill Auditorium

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The University Musical Society (UMS), in collaboration with Interlochen Public Radio, will live broadcast the September 27 concert on radio, website streaming (UMS, Interlochen Public Radio, and Philadelphia Orchestra websites), and Facebook Live (audio only). 

“The Philadelphia Orchestra has enjoyed a rich history in Ann Arbor, first performing in Hill Auditorium in 1913 and serving as the orchestra-in-residence for the Ann Arbor May Festival for nearly 50 years,” said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky. “It is a tremendous honor to return to the University Music Society in Ann Arbor, and to share the Philadelphia Sound with music lovers there, and in Iowa City and Kansas City. Bringing the joy of music to audiences across the country and around the world has long been part of our Orchestra’s and Yannick’s DNA, and we greatly look forward to this Midwest tour at three of the nation’s most beautiful concert venues.” 

The Philadelphia Orchestra is known for its distinguished touring history, widely recognized as one of the most-traveled American symphonic ensembles. The Orchestra has toured the United States extensively, with over 100 U.S. tours throughout its history. In 1936 it became the first American orchestra ever to make a transcontinental tour.



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