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January 2015

January 30, 2015

It’s Official! Yannick’s “Love Affair” with Philadelphia Will Continue

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s beloved music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, has signed a new five-year contract, guaranteeing he’ll lead the Fabulous Philadelphians to even more thrilling musical heights until at least 2022.

From left: Board Chairman Richard B. Worley, President & CEO Allison Vulgamore, and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the January 30 concert, where Yannick signed his contract renewal. Photo: Will Figg

January 22, 2015

Yannick Marks a Milestone

We’re all used to noting important firsts, from first day at school to first kiss, to first paycheck. But how many of us get to notch the 1,500th time we’ve done something, let alone something that’s exciting, beautiful, even magical? Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of those fortunate few: Tonight he mounts the podium to conduct the 1,500th concert in his dazzling career. It all began in November 1994, when a still-teenaged Yannick led a performance of Fauré’s Requiem for choir and organ.

January 14, 2015

The Academy of Music 158th Anniversary Concert and Ball—A Night to Remember

Ah, the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball! It’s the social event of the Philadelphia season—has been since the Academy’s Centennial in 1957—and this year’s promises to be the best yet. For the 158th Anniversary Concert and Ball on January 24, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra are joined in the gilded splendor of the Academy of Music by Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino, the gifted young violinist Simone Porter, and guests dressed to the nines in white tie and ball gowns.

January 08, 2015

A Tribute to Dr. King—Music and the Heart of a Community

From its free Neighborhood Concerts to its PlayINs, its teaching, its partnerships with civic and cultural groups all over the Delaware Valley, and of course its concerts in Verizon Hall, The Philadelphia Orchestra is a vital, living, breathing part of its community. Perhaps no one event better illustrates that role than the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert, this year on January 19 at Girard College, the epicenter of Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service.

January 08, 2015

LiveNote Nights--Serious Fun!

Too pressed for time to enjoy a full-length classical concert? Late nights just don’t work with your busy schedule? Intimidated by the “seriousness” of classical music? Curious about some of your favorite musical works, but unsure how to brush up? We’ve got you covered! We’re kicking off 2015 with a new concert series, LiveNote Nights™, three earlier, shorter, and informative concerts that also offer audience members the chance to use our new LiveNote app for mobile devices.