Philadelphia society and Mayor Nutter officially welcomed the new musical director of the Philadelphia Orchestra Yannick Nezet-Seguin to Philadelphia during last night's opening night for the orchestra. Philadelphians had high hopes for their new, youthful music director. Yannick did not disappoint.
Last night's program featured Renee Fleming, one of the world's greatest living sopranos, and an energetic Yannick conducting Ravel, Brahms, and Strauss.The music flowed so beautifully it seemed as if Yannick had been at the helm of the orchestra forever. The joie de vivre on stage meant that the turmoil of the orchestra's bankruptcy is now in the past.
I would be negligent if I did not mention the hard work of the musicians of the Orchestra. They will not be toiling in obscurity for much longer. The Kimmel Center and the Orchestra are creating an exhibit featuring all the musicians. This recognition is long overdue.
Sidney and Caroline Kimmel, who flew in from California, DJ Jerry Blavat, Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest attended the gala that was held in the lobby of the Kimmel Center yesterday.
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