The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Refik Anadol Visual Design—Philadelphia Orchestra Debut
Simon Fate Now Conquers—World Premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra Commission
Beethoven Second movement from Symphony No. 7
Schubert Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”)
Experience Beethoven like never before—in collaboration with celebrated visual artist Refik Anadol, whose work blends media arts into architecture, into data, into machine intelligence to create extraordinary digital masterpieces. Watch Beethoven’s music accompanied by visualizations of “computer dreaming” in this unparalleled pairing of art forms. It’s not too bold to say that Anadol writes with data the way Beethoven wrote notes on a page of music.
Tchaikovsky described Beethoven’s triumphant Seventh Symphony as “full of unrestrained joy, full of bliss and pleasure of life.” The exhilarating and familiar second movement is said to have been so inspiring at the premiere, an encore was demanded instantly. Placing Beethoven’s motifs in a contemporary musical landscape, composer Carlos Simon draws on the uncertainty that Beethoven felt and turns it into inspiration with Fate Now Conquers. This unique performance of sight, sound, and symphony concludes with Schubert’s intriguing, unfinished Symphony No. 8.
Please note: All Digital Stage events begin with a performance premiere, streaming in real time. Following the performance premiere, the concert will be available for ticket holders to watch on demand for 72 hours.