Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the world's leading orchestras. Beyond concerts at its home venue the Kimmel Center, the Orchestra performs for Philadelphia audiences during the summer months at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, as well as in venues across the region, and it tours internationally. Recently, the Orchestra was named BBC Music Magazine’s Orchestra of the Year, heralded the return of music to Carnegie Hall, and won a GRAMMY Award for the music of Florence Price.
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth, The Philadelphia Orchestra will present the composer’s rarely performed Missa solemnis. Widely recognized among scholars and music critics as Beethoven’s most accomplished and complex symphonic work, the piece will be performed by the Orchestra, a chorus, and four soloists. Visual projections and lighting designed by Refik Anadol—an award-winning media artist known for his site-specific public art—will envelop audiences within a virtual, multi-denominational cathedral inside Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Furthering the Orchestra's work with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin to augment the distinctive characteristics composers instilled in their music, the immersive concert experience will incorporate universal religious symbols intended to deepen listeners’ connection to Beethoven’s composition and its elements of religious faith.
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