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The Philadelphia Orchestra: Festive Fireworks

orchestra performing Photo © Pete Checchia

Celebrate opening night of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 54th season at SPAC with fireworks, live cannon fire and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

The residency begins with the SPAC premiere of Icarus for Orchestra by Soviet-born American composer Lera Auerbach who says she was drawn to the myth of Icarus because of “his wish to reach the unreachable, the intensity of the ecstatic brevity of his flight, and the inevitability of his fall.” Her adventurous musical palette exploits the full sonic range of the orchestra that will be followed by Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, known to generations of film goers as the music that accompanies the antics of Mickey Mouse in the 1940 Walt Disney concert film, Fantasia and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, based on the famed Russian fairy tale.

The evening will be conducted by Stéphane Denève, who is in his final season as principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra.


  • Auerbach: Icarus for Orchestra
  • Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919 version)
  • Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
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