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The Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC: South American Sounds

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About the Event

Under the baton of Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, making his first-ever SPAC appearance, this program will transport listeners to South America with three SPAC premieres that explore the sounds of Argentina and Peru.

The effervescent Harp Concerto by the celebrated Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera was premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1965 and is today performed by the current principal harp, Elizabeth Hainen, considered one of classical music's great harp ambassadors. Hailed by the Washington Post for her “unusual presence with silky transparency” and by the New York Times for her “earthy solidarity,” she has thrilled audiences throughout the world with programs showcasing the diversity—and virtuosity—of her modern-day instrument.

The allure of tangos and other dance-inflected rhythms merge in Piazzolla’s sultry music with his sophisticated compositional training in Paris, where he went at the urging of Ginastera. Tangazo is one of Piazzolla’s late compositions, which he originally wrote for a small ensemble and then arranged for full orchestra. The concert concludes with Perú negro by the young Peruvian composer Jimmy López. A celebration of AfroPeruvian traditions, the work honors López’s compatriot, this concert’s conductor, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, by using a four-note theme based on his initials.

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

Elizabeth Hainen, harp

Márquez                             Danzón No. 2

Ginastera                           Harp Concerto*

Piazzolla                             Tangazo*  

López                                  Perú negro*

*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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