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Philadelphia Orchestra and Esperanza Spalding to open Carnegie Hall season

The Philadelphia Orchestra will boost its profile - and multiply its cool by a large factor - with an Oct. 2 concert opening Carnegie Hall's 2013-14 season.

Philadelphia Orchestra and Esperanza Spalding to open Carnegie Hall season

The Philadelphia Orchestra will boost its profile - and multiply its cool by a large factor - with an Oct. 2 concert opening Carnegie Hall's 2013-14 season.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts, as he will for the orchestra's other three 2013-14 appearances at the New York venue. Hot on the heels of its Hugh Jackman encounter, the orchestra once again borrows some pop cred by teaming with jazz double bass player/vocalist Esperanza Spalding. Spalding is set to perform three Carnegie Hall-commissioned arrangements by jazz pianist Gil Goldstein: one of her own songs, the others by Leonardo Genovese and Dimitri Tiomkin/Ned Washington.

Classical fiddler Joshua Bell is also guest for the concert, to be broadcast nationally on radio's Carnegie Hall Live. He plays works of Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns. Tchaikovsky's Marche slave will open, Ravel's Bolero will close.

The details were discussed by the orchestra and Carnegie Hall Thursday as part of Carnegie's season announcement, a few weeks ahead of Philadelphia's release of its own season in Verizon Hall. But the other three Carnegie programs, repeats of Philadelphia programs, offer a sneak preview of what's to come. The repertoire is: in December, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Hélène Grimaud; in February, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with Truls Mørk; and in May, Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Lisa Batiashvili and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9.

More about the supreme Spalding here.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Reach Peter at pdobrin@phillynews.com.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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