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The Philadelphia Orchestra is planning its new season with a combination of old favorites and new works for principal players.
The 2013-2014 season will include music to celebrate Richard Strauss’ 150th birthday as well as works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
The season kicks off in September with Anne-Sophie Mutter performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. There will also be a “micro-festival” of new pieces commissioned for three of the ensemble’s players.
Music director Yannick Nezet says new works are nothing new for Philadelphia.
He says premieres are a tradition going back to legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski a century ago.
The orchestra has also been selected to open Carnegie Hall's 2013-2014 season in October, a performance that will be broadcast live.