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The Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC: American Idylls

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About the Event

August 8 will feature three SPAC premieres: blue cathedral, an orchestral composition by the American composer Jennifer Higdon and one of the composer's most performed works; the orchestral suite from Copland’s Appalachian Spring, the Pulitzer Prize-winning depiction of the American idyll, which also popularized the Shaker folk song "Simple Gifts”; and Mason Bates’ Anthology of Fantastic Zoology, titled after mythical creatures from the book of the same name by Argentinian literary giant Jorge Luis Borges. The work exploits the virtuosity of the Orchestra to evoke what the composer calls a “psychedelic bestiary.”

Fountains of Rome, the piece that eventually put Respighi on the international map, celebrates four of the city’s famous fountains as a highlight of this aquatic-themed program.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Higdon                                blue cathedral*

Copland                              Appalachian Spring*

Respighi                              Fountains of Rome

Bates                                   Anthology of Fantastic Zoology*  

*Indicates SPAC premiere 

Tickets for Philadelphia Orchestra

Matinee Performances

  • Front Orchestra: $53 - $63
  • Rear Orchestra: $43 - $53
  • Balcony: $28 - $63
  • Lawn: $18

Evening Performances

  • Front Orchestra: $63 - $113
  • Rear Orchestra: $43 - $83
  • Balcony: $33 - $103
  • Lawn: $29 - $34

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