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November 2015

November 23, 2015

Alfredo Casella: Rediscovering an Italian Master

Introducing new music is part of the Orchestra’s storied heritage, from great pieces of the past such as Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (premiered in 1934, and on the bill this week), to Hannibal’s exciting new One Land, One River, One People unveiled earlier this month.

This week the Philadelphians are performing Alfredo Casella’s Second Symphony, in its U.S. premiere. But there’s a twist: The piece was written over 100 years ago. Who was Casella? And why has it taken so long for this composition to reach our shores?

November 20, 2015

“The sound is in the DNA of the Orchestra”

That’s how our very good friend guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda describes the experience of conducting the Philadelphians in Rachmaninoff’s beloved Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, during his second week on the Verizon Hall podium this season (November 27-28).

Noseda isn’t exaggerating. Rachmaninoff famously said he composed with the sound of The Philadelphia Orchestra in his head; when the Orchestra premiered the Rhapsody in 1934, the composer was at the keyboard (Leopold Stokowski conducted).

November 13, 2015

Hannibal Community Events

Prior to the Orchestra’s world premiere performances of Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People November 13-15, the composer and a number of musicians participated in three days of extraordinary community events around Philadelphia. Principal Second Violin Kimberly Fisher, Assistant Principal Second Violin Dara Morales, Associate Principal Viola Kirsten Johnson, cellist Derek Barnes, and violist Judy Geist performed with jazz vocalist Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch and Hannibal for inmates at Philadelphia Prison System’s Detention Center; for Play On, Philly! students at St.

November 06, 2015

Taking the Message to the Community

“This commission is going to resonate all over the city.”

That’s how Philadelphia Orchestra Director of Collaborative Learning Dan Berkowitz describes the impact Hannibal’s brilliant “spiritatorio,” One Land, One River, One People is sure to have in Philadelphia.

November 02, 2015

Susie Robinson - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

Susie Robinson’s husband, Norman, always said his wife never knew when to quit. And that’s been a very good thing for The Philadelphia Orchestra, which recently honored her with the Golden Baton Award for her 50 years of dedicated volunteer service and leadership.

November 02, 2015

For Love of Nation - This Season The Philadelphia Orchestra Explores National Pride

The explosion of nationalism in the mid-19th century fostered a love of one’s region and the history and traditions of the civilizations that emerged there, as well as a sense of self-determination—of taking that history and tradition in hand to build something greater. And its artistic yield was considerable: Artists in all disciplines, and musicians particularly, worked hard to identify the distinct ways their people perceived the world.

November 02, 2015

Jeffrey Curnow - 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 Wilmington, Delaware.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Well, see, that’s the problem. I’m playing these pieces over and over again.