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The Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC: Beyond Baroque

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About the Event

Leopold Stokowski, known for his long tenure as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, was a cultural pioneer, bringing the latest in art and music to Philadelphia during the first half of the 20th century and presenting it in bold, new ways – most notably his incredible orchestrations of famous works by such composers as Giovanni Pierluigi da Pergolesi and Johann Sebastian Bach.

This robust program features Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, which has become a vastly popular piece, especially in the horror genre, and has been prevalent in pop culture since well before the sound film era. Although a great masterwork in the classical cannon, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor saw renewed popularity from an orchestration by Stokowski that he and The Philadelphia Orchestra performed in the 1940 animated film Fantasia.

Stéphane Denève, conductor

Palestrina/orch. Stokowski           “Adoramus te”*

Ravel                                                  Le Tombeau de Couperin

Stravinsky                                         Suite from Pulcinella

Bach/orch. Stokowski                    Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor

Bach/orch. Stokowski                    Fugue in G minor (“Little”)*

Bach/orch. Stokowski                    Toccata and Fugue in D minor

*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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