For over 100 years, the Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the world's leading orchestras. With acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented innovation in recording technologies and outreach, the orchestra has built up a well-deserved reputation for musical excellence. Additionally, conductor Kurt Masur remains one the world's most accomplished conductors and is well-known to orchestras and audiences alike as both a distinguished leader and humanist. Program: Brahms, Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73; Shostakovich, Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77; Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28. Celebrating 108 years as one of thiscountry's most celebrated musical entities, the venerable Philadelphia Orchestra makes its triumphant return to the State Theatre, this time led by the great Kurt Masur, who celebrates 60 years as a professional conductor.