Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, will direct the concert in La Jolla. Photo by Marco Borggreve

The La Jolla Music Society‘s Celebrity Orchestra Series continues Friday with a concert by the acclaimed Rotterdam Philharmonic at Copley Symphony Hall.

The Rotterdam Philharmonic, founded in 1918, has been described as “a modern orchestra which has its roots deep in the classical tradition.” It ranks among Europe’s foremost orchestras, being internationally known for the intense energy of its performances.

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct this San Diego performance, joined by the French pianist Hélène Grimaud, who will perform Ravel’s Gershwin-inspired Piano Concerto in G Major.

The Orchestra will also play Ravel’s Suite from Ma Mère I’Oye (Mother Goose) and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Opus 100. Written in 1944, during World War II, the symphony is considered to be one of the great orchestral works of the 20th Century. It was an immediate popular and critical success, conceived by the composer as a “hymn to optimism,” and for many it would come to symbolize the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

The performance is at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $27-$97 and are available through the La Jolla Music Society Box Office, by calling 858-459-3728, or online at www.LJMS.org.

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