Polished Brass

at Verizon Hall
February 22nd-24th, 2018
Kodály - Dances of Marosszék 
Higdon - Concerto for Low Brass (Philadelphia Orchestra co-commission with the Chicago Symphony) 
Beethoven - Symphony No. 8 
Brahms - Hungarian Dances
Once more, one of America’s most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers, Philadelphian Jennifer Higdon, graces us with a brilliant new work, this time for those stalwarts of the brass section, the trombones and tuba. Hear them shine in this rare turn in the spotlight. Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony may seem overshadowed by the magnificent Ninth that followed, but there’s compositional genius (and humor) to burn here. Zoltán Kodály’s Dances of Marosszék are the rural counterpart of Brahms’s more urbane Hungarian Dances; they make wonderful bookends for this strikingly original program.  
Cristian Măcelaru, Conductor 
Nitzan Haroz, Trombone 
Matthew Vaughn, Trombone 
Blair Bollinger, Bass Trombone 
Carol Jantsch, Tuba 
Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall