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February 2016

February 29, 2016

An Orchestra Debut in Key Largo

The 2016 Florida Tour closed with the Orchestra’s first-ever concert in Key Largo, on Friday, February 26. The concert was sponsored by Board Member Scott Schumacker and his wife, Cynthia, and was held at the Ocean Reef Cultural Center. Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève and the Philadelphians were once again joined by violinist James Ehnes, this time for a performance of the Beethoven Concerto. The remainder of the program was Berlioz’s Overture to Beatrice and Benedict and excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

February 29, 2016

Jeffrey Khaner - 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.

Jeffrey Khaner holds the Paul and Barbara Henkels Chair.

Where were you born? In Montreal.

February 29, 2016

Fred and Trudy Honigman: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

Fred Honigman has a favorite T-shirt, sent to him by a daughter in California. On the back it says: The only Philly team that never disappoints. And on the front it reads: The Philadelphia Orchestra.

February 26, 2016

Bienvenidos a Miami!

The Orchestra traveled to Miami for the next leg of the 2016 Florida Tour. Stéphane Denève led a concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s Knight Concert Hall on Thursday, February 25. Earlier that day he led a workshop for the Leaders Orchestra of Miami Music Project (MMP) at Citrus Grove Middle School.

Denève leads the Miami Music Project students in a rehearsal featuring the third and fourth movements of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

February 25, 2016

West Palm Beach Welcomes the Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra performed two concerts under the direction of Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève in West Palm Beach at the Kravis Center, Tuesday evening, February 23, and Wednesday afternoon, February 24. They also held a rehearsal Wednesday morning, which included James Ehnes and the Beethoven Violin Concerto, which will be performed later on the tour.

Denève, Ehnes, and the Orchestra perform Sibelius’s Concerto to close the first half of Tuesday’s concert.

February 23, 2016

Having a Wonderful Time … Wish You Were Here

Lucky Florida music lovers! After three years away, the Fabulous Philadelphians are on tour in South Florida, under the direction of Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève. For everyone not making the trip, this blog post is designed to help you enjoy the visit vicariously, while winter gradually relinquishes its grip on the City of Brotherly Love.

February 19, 2016

What a Difference a Century Makes: 100 Years Out, The Philadelphia Orchestra Reprises a Historic Turning Point

On a freezing weekend 100 years ago this March, The Philadelphia Orchestra presented a set of concerts that, in a single stroke, established it as an ensemble of international importance.

February 10, 2016

The Mystery of Miaskovsky

There’s a bit of a mystery in this week’s subscription concerts (February 11-14). Not about Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto of course, or about our brilliant piano soloist Yefim Bronfman. And while Leoš Janáček’s Taras Bulba isn’t as well known as the Beethoven, Janáček is considered one of the greatest Czech composers. (And then there’s the 1962 Taras Bulba movie starring Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis!) But who is Nikolai Miaskovsky, whose Tenth Symphony rounds out the program? And why don’t we hear his music more often?

February 01, 2016

Denise Tryon: 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 St Paul, Minnesota.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Bach’s Cello Suites (yes, on horn … string players, please don’t hate me).

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