Visiting Orchestras Series
Kirill Petrenko, chief conductor
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
Andrew Norman — Unstuck
Mozart — Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major
Korngold — Symphony in F-sharp Major
Mahler — Symphony No. 7 in E Minor
The Berliner Philharmoniker is widely recognized as one of the finest and most highly esteemed orchestras in the world. Led by Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko, the Berliner Philharmoniker makes its Florida debut — during its first U.S. tour with Petrenko as chief conductor — with a pair of back-to-back performances in Hayes Hall.
The first program of the venerated orchestra’s debut opens with a performance of acclaimed American composer Andrew Norman’s Unstuck, originally inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five. The program also includes Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by Berliner Philharmoniker 1st Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, as well as Korngold’s Symphony in F-sharp major, described by the late composer Dimitri Mitropoulos as “the perfect modern work.”
The second program of the esteemed orchestra’s debut features Mahler’s luxuriant Symphony No. 7, written in a matter of weeks following a long summer marked by writer’s block and met with great critical acclaim at its premiere. Mahler’s masterpiece is a triumphant journey from darkness into light, oscillating between the two themes and eventually bursting into daylight in its rapturous finale.
All Visiting Orchestras tickets include same-day admission to The Baker Museum. Museum hours on day of performance: Monday, 6pm-8pm, and Tuesday 10am-8pm. In addition, the doors to Hayes Hall will open 90 minutes prior to this performance. Arrive early to enjoy the exhibitions and light fare available at Heidi's Place.