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March 2015

March 31, 2015

Osagie Imasogie - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

There’s one thing Osagie Imasogie thinks everyone should know about The Philadelphia Orchestra:

March 31, 2015

Choong-Jin Chang - Behind the Scenes

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? In Seoul, Korea.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Anything by J.S. Bach.

March 26, 2015

A Close Encounter with Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève

Stéphane Denève chuckles when he remembers the “bad joke” he told at the recent Valentine’s concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He was explaining his title, principal guest conductor, and he told the audience, “I’m not married to the Orchestra, but I get to be the principal lover.” (Well, it was Valentine’s Day. And did we mention he’s French?)

Photo by Jessica Griffin

March 05, 2015

A Kaleidoscopic Mix of Music, Dance, and Theater - The Philadelphia Orchestra Prepares for Bernstein’s MASS

Musical works, like the composers who create them, often take on lives of their own, rising and falling in popularity, with works scorned by one generation being celebrated by the next—and vice versa. The vicissitudes of taste, and the social and historical circumstances that influence it, over long stretches of time, make predicating a musical work’s ultimate stature a fool’s game, but it was not for nothing that Gustav Mahler famously predicted, “my time will come.”

March 04, 2015

Edward Tracy - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

As President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., Edward Tracy runs one of the largest integrated resorts in the world—the Venetian Macao—and sees a lot of big-name entertainment, from movie premieres to sporting events to rock concerts. And out there, amidst all that glitter and glitz of the “Las Vegas of the East,” what is he especially looking forward to? “Seeing The Philadelphia Orchestra again,” says Tracy, who was recently named one of the “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by the Harvard Business Review.

March 04, 2015

Carol Jantsch - Behind the Scenes

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? In Lorain, Ohio.

What is your most treasured possession? Do cats count? Oreo and Milkshake would probably take issue with that wording, and debate on exactly who is in possession of whom.

March 04, 2015

Building Something Uniquely Philadelphian: an Interview with New Director of Collaborative Learning Daniel Berkowitz

With Collaborative Learning Week underway, we thought we’d check in with Daniel Berkowitz, the Orchestra’s new director of Collaborative Learning. He has an ambitious goal for his new job: “How can we build something that is uniquely Philadelphian—of Philadelphia, for Philadelphia—that empowers this community and addresses its greatest needs?”

March 03, 2015

Collaborative Learning Week and Beyond—A Celebration of Music Education for Students of All Ages

Earlier this week The Philadelphia Orchestra kicked off its Collaborative Learning Week, an intensive celebration of educational activities showcasing the wealth of music-making opportunities for music students across the Philadelphia area. The Orchestra joins many community partners in special events for children, teens, and adults, many of which are free and open to the public.