the Mann Presents
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Nolan Williams, Jr., conductor
Michelle Bradley, soprano
Paula D. Holloway, soprano
Tessika McClendon, soprano
Renée Tatum, mezzo-soprano
Charles Miller, tenor
Kang Wang, tenor
Kidon Choi, baritone
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Louis Scaglione, music director
Philadelphia Community Mass Choir
Jay Fluellen, director
Philadelphia Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, director
On June 24th, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Music Director, will make his conducting debut at the Mann for an evening that is certainly not to be missed. Not since the era of the legendary Wolfgang Sawallisch has a current Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director graced the Mann’s stage, a magnificent facility specifically built for the Orchestra in 1976!
The first half of this momentous evening will feature the Philadelphia Community Mass, a performance inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s MASS and conceived by Nolan Williams, Jr., the Mann’s Festival Artistic Director. The Philadelphia Community Mass is an immersive concert-theatrical experience that explores anew the relevance of faith in our times. Co-presented by the Mann and NEWorks Productions, the work features new, sacred compositions by American composers Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Ruth Naomi Floyd, and Dr. Jay Fluellen. Other featured groups include the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Philadelphia Community Mass Choir, and Philadelphia Symphonic Choir.
During the second half, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, one of the towering masterworks of classical music. With its choral finale extolling a wish for peace and tolerance for all, the 9th has become far more than a symphony. It is a worldwide cultural icon. With an internationally acclaimed group of soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, the "Fabulous Philadelphians" and our spectacular setting, we predict a supreme summer evening at the Mann.
Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Selections from Philadelphia Community Mass
VIII. Credo, by Evelyn Simpson Curenton
XII. Sanctus, by Jay Fluellen
X. Fraction: Things Get Broken, by Ruth Naomi Floyd
XXII. Agnus Dei, by Rollo Dilworth
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, conducted by Nolan Williams, Jr.
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (“Choral”)
The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com, (800) 982-2787, or the Mann Box Office.
Beethoven’s 9th will also be the Mann’s 2019 Party in the Park gala, which is an annual fundraiser benefitting the Mann’s education and community engagement programs. Tickets and more information can be found here.
This project is supported through a generous grant from The Presser Foundation, and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Philadelphia Community Mass is co-presented by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and NEWorks Productions, collaborative artistic partner.
Photo of Yannick Nézet-Séguin by Jan Regan *Artist and Repertoire subject to change
Picnics are permitted for this performance as a part of the Mann's Summer Picnic Series.
If you are 21 years of age or older and plan to consume alcohol at the concert, please be prepared to present proper I.D.
Lawn chairs are permitted for this performance. The Mann recommends reasonably sized chairs; be a good neighbor!
Small blankets are permitted for all shows, but we do ask that you be mindful of your neighbors on the lawn.
No photography is permitted at this performance.