Philly Orchestra Opens New Season Tonight, Just Like Romeo and Juliet

CBS Philly reports:

Members of the celebrated Philadelphia Orchestra were in their final rehearsal Tuesday afternoon in Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center.

Concertmaster and first-chair violin David Kim says it’s going to be a great night.

“Our opening night performance is going to be all Tchaikovsky. Romeo and Juliet Overture which everybody knows; the Violin Concerto, beloved.”

From the orchestra’s blog:

The concert on Wednesday, September 25, at 7 PM features an all-Tchaikovsky program with the incomparable virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter performing the composer’s Violin Concerto. Also on the program are Marche slave andRomeo and Juliet.

Yannick and Anne-Sophie toured Germany, Austria and Luxembourg in April with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and by all accounts their musical chemistry created onstage fireworks, which will be continued and transformed on stage at the Opening Night Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Just to get you in the mood, here’s an earlier version of the Philadelphia Orchestra—under conductor Eugene Ormandy—playing the opening movement to Violin Concerto in D Major.