Yannick Nézet-Séguin, slated to take over the Philadelphia Orchestra a year from this fall, responded to the orchestra's bankruptcy vote with this note to the board:
What is "the Philadelphia Sound"? To me, it is the most beautiful sound in the world, because it is the sound of the hearts and souls of a fantastic group of women and men, passionately commited to share the most wonderful art form to the widest audience possible. This is why I humbly accepted the wonderful task of guiding and nurturing this "Philadelphia Sound" for the years to come.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is a family, a big family of musicians, staff and board members, and as in every family not everyone always agree on everything. However, in difficult times like those we are in, we need more than ever to stay as close as possible to each other, united behind the purpose of carrying on this extraordinary mission of sharing our joy and passion to make music together, to make our audiences dream, reflect and believe.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is unique. It is a treasure of the Music World. In every decision we make, we have to remember that this treasure is precious, but also remember that this treasure is made of people who give their hearts, souls and flesh to keep it alive.
I believe in this Orchestra, I believe in its bright future, whatever it takes to get through this difficult time. I am here to play an important role in it. We can do it, TOGETHER.