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Lang Lang Plays Mozart, Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducts Strauss for Philadelphia Orchestra's 2014-15 Season Opener at Kimmel Center

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Sep 24, 2014 06:12 PM EDT

The Philadelphia Orchestra, under the baton on music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will kick off its 2014-15 season with superstar pianist Lang Lang in the Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center. The three-day run will begin on Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m.

A graduate of Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, Lang Lang will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453, a 40/40 Project work chosen by the audience, as well as Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony.

The epic Strauss work calls for 125 players, including wind and thunder machine operators, cowbell players and even an offstage brass ensemble. As the 2014-15 season marks the 150th birthday of the Bavarian-born composer, Strauss will be featured extensively.

This season also celebrates Maestro Nézet-Séguin's 40th birthday. In honor, programs all year will highlight works the Philadelphians haven't performed on subscription concerts during his lifetime. (In fact, the opening concerts feature three works that haven not been performed by Philadelphia's forces in over 45 years.)

Even better? All of these pieces were selected by the local audience, via online and social media voting.

The Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 performances both start at 8 p.m. You can buy tickets here.

The performance on Sunday, September 28 is at 2 p.m., and you can buy those tickets here.

To get you ready, here's Lang Lang and another storied conductor, Daniel Barenboim, playing some four-handed Mozart.

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