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May 2012

May 07, 2012

Week two recap from the second round of Audience Choice voting

Here are the results from the second week of our second round of voting for the June 23 Audience Choice program:

Current frontrunners for the concert opener

-          Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor

-          Wagner’s “The Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre

Most votes for Fantasia selections (these will be performed alongside Disney animations)

May 02, 2012

The results are in - week one recap from the second round of Audience Choice voting

The last post offered a bit of insight into how Stokowski conducted an audience choice program at the end of his first season with the Orchestra in 1913. Take a look at the great news clip we uncovered about this subject if you haven’t already. Onto the present day: Results are in from the first week of our second round of voting for the June 23 Audience Choice program. Below are the top choices from each category.

Current frontrunners for the concert opener

May 02, 2012

Audience choice - 1913 style

It was tradition during Stokowski’s tenure to end each season with a program selected by the audience. That’s why this year’s Stokowski Celebration will conclude with a concert chosen by our own concertgoers—voting for this year’s program is open via our website and by paper ballots through May 18. As we mapped out our 21st-century version of an Audience Choice contest, the question came up more than once of how Stokowski implemented his audience programs in Philadelphia almost a century ago.

May 01, 2012

Stokowski Celebration Concerts - The creative voyage

In this post, Stage Director James Alexander introduces himself and invites you, the Philadelphia Orchestra audience, to explore some of the steps of his creative journey.

Taking us through some key moments of how he imagines his stagings for these four celebratory concerts, James shares what happens for him when he hears music, how he translates the images he conjures up, and how he communicates these to, and collaborates with, his key lighting, graphics, and special effects designers.

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