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Yannick Nezet-Seguin's 40/40 Project

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This week, for the first time in its history, the Philadelphia Orchestra is performing Vaughan Williams' Symphony Number 4. What normally might be a remarkable event is just one of many firsts this year for the orchestra, which set out to perform 40 works in its 2014-2015 season that hadn't been heard in subscription concerts in 40 years. It's called the 40/40 Project because it also honors another milestone -- music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin's 40th birthday today. He said

"I love that age because, for me, it's a question of being still full of energy, full of passion, full of willingness to achieve something in life, full of drive," Nézet-Séguin said. "But having a few years of experience to know where to let go, where to put the energy, where to really pace [myself]."  READ THE FULL NewsWorks ARTICLE