Beyond Baroque: A Thursday Matinee with the Philadelphia
SPAC has announced a Thursday Matinee performance of The Philadelphia Orchestra on August 1st at 2PM. Beyond Baroque will feature some of the most underestimated pieces of the summer.
As a music lover, I try to acknowledge my own biases. My first reaction to this program was boredom- do we really need another Baroque concert? – but don’t let the title fool you. The majority of the pieces are arranged by Stokowski, the conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra seen in Disney’s Fantasia, recognizable by his wild hair. Beyond being one of the best conductors of the last century, Stokowski orchestrated baroque pieces like no one else, evoking an organ-like sound that the Philadelphia became iconic for. Don’t underestimate these pieces!
The program will also the Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin and Stravinsky’s Suite from Pulcinella. These pieces are fun, danceable, and approachable without sacrificing quality.
That being said, the choice to continue the Thursday matinee’s following last season’s disappointing turnout is questionable at best. During the 2018 season, the Philadelphia played several innovative and amazing concerts that boasted the smallest crowds in the center’s history. It is almost a shame that a concert with this potential is being slotted for the dreaded Thursday matinee.
So don’t underestimate it! And don’t miss out! Get your tickets now, and plan a lovely afternoon at SPAC enjoying this world-class orchestra.