Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Creatively Speaking
11:38 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Yannick Shares Highlights of The Philadelphia Orchestra 2013-14 Season

Yannick Nezet-Seguin has been dubbed The Philadelphia Orchestra's "Mighty Mouse" by Joyce DiDonato

His name is Yannick Nezet-Seguin, but in a New York Times profile recently, he was nicknamed "Mighty Mouse" by the opera star Joyce DiDonato.

After all, he's been saving the day for the recently distressed Philadelphia Orchestra. And, as The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports, he hopes to continue to do so in the upcoming 2013-2014 season.

Listen to a more detailed interview with Yannick about some of the highlights of The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2013-14 season.

Creatively Speaking
3:54 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Yannick's Rite

Chris Lee

Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin would seem to be taking The Philadelphia Orchestra back to 1930. That was the year the late Leopold Stokowski, heard here with the Depression-era Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted Stravinsky’s ballet, The Rite of Spring when it was first danced in the United States. But there’s nothing retrogressive in what New York’s cutting-edge Ridge Theater is cooking up for this week’s Rite with the Orchestra. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns is still guessing what it will look like.

The least-used spaces in Verizon Hall are….up in the air.

STEARNS: There’s much height to it. There are projection surfaces above the orchestra. Why not make that a playing space for the choreography as well?

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Vice President of Artistic Planning Jeremy Rothman is referring to the use of an aerialist. For that, he’s commandeering the hall for an entire week to set up the proper rigging. The production's winter-to-spring depiction will also have video projections on multiple screens and scrims, plus dancers. Though, not that many, says Nezet-Seguin.

NEZET-SEGUIN: There’s a few dancers but it’s not danced the whole thing, which was important for me.

Time and again, the conductor emphasizes that his orchestra is not going to get lost in a lot of theatrical bells and whistles. The huge Ridge Theater apparatus is there to serve the Orchestra. The conductor, not the dancers, will dictate tempos, says Rothman.

ROTHMAN:  Yannick is somewhat uncompromising about what he wants to present musically.

The Rite of Spring has been widely and wildly interpreted over the years, from tribal Russian dancers of the Joffrey Ballet to Paul Taylor’s film-noir version with gangsters. Just how far afield will this one go?  Is the ballet still about human sacrifice?

ROTHMAN: There is a sacrifice…the idea was to get back to the spirit of it…but rather than the …is to take the same spirit and update it with more modern means. But there’s still a sacrifice.

But there will NOT be blood when The Philadelphia Orchestra performs The Rite of Spring in a multi-media production at the Kimmel Center this week.
 

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s V.P. of Artistic Planning Jeremy Rothman talks about the role of video projections in the Orchestra's concerts this week with David Patrick Stearns.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:03 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Philadelphia Orchestra Reboots With New Music Director

Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Ryan Donnell

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

Everywhere you look right now, it seems like American symphony orchestras are fighting for their lives — strikes, lockouts, bankruptcy. Perhaps the biggest example is the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, which is just coming out of its own bankruptcy. Tonight, its new 37-year-old music director takes the podium as the venerable orchestra begins a reboot.

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Creatively Speaking
11:06 am
Sat October 13, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra Opens Its 2012/13 Season

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Jessica Griffin

We look ahead to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s season with Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

Music Features
5:04 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra Opens 2012/13 Season With Debut Of Eighth Music Director

Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Chris Lee

Following in the footsteps of legends such as Leopold Stokwoski, Eugene Ormandy, and Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nezet-Seguin is set to conduct his inaugural concerts as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. On Thursday, October 18th, the opening-night concert features the music of Ravel, Brahms, and Strauss with soloist Renee Fleming, followed by performances of the Verdi Requiem on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Opening night concert information - October 18.

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Creatively Speaking
2:58 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Yannick Nezet-Seguin Debuts at Saratoga

Marco Borggreve

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Music Director Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin made his Saratoga Performing Arts Center debut this week in a trio of concerts that appear to insure, as much as anything can, the Orchestra’s continued presence there. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports from Upstate New York.

Deceptive Cadence
2:35 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: July 13, 2012

Conductor Kent Tritle in Times Square. (And that's WNYC's John Schaefer in the Saratoga T-shirt.)
Charles Ludeke for NPR
  • So we did this thing in Times Square, and some people have seen the video.
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Creatively Speaking
12:58 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Yannick Nézet-Séguin On Stokowski

Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Marco Borggreve

As the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates the legacy of Leopold Stokowski, WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin.  He is among the most sought-after young conductors in the world; in September 2012 he starts his tenure as music director of the Orchestra.

Creatively Speaking
11:54 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Phila. Orchestra's Yannick Nezet-Seguin--British Violinist Tasmin Little--Soprano Julia Van Doren

A conversation with Yannick Nezet-Seguin. The Philadelphia Orchestra released details of its music director designate's first season in late January, 2012.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Tasmin Little. The highly regarded British violinist is in Philadelphia to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Frederick Delius.

We speak with soprano Yulia Van Doren - the Baroque specialist made her Philadelphia recital debut on January 29th.

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News and Views
10:45 am
Mon January 16, 2012

The Next Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra: Yannick Nezet-Seguin

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