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Stokowski Celebration Concerts – Bringing modern-day “magic” to the Academy of Music

April 24, 2012



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The Stokowski Celebration concerts this June are the first events of a year-long celebration of Leopold Stokowski’s inaugural season as conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra. In a series of four concerts conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Orchestra returns home to the Academy of Music on June 21-23. These performances will both pay tribute to and carry forward Stokowski’s tradition of innovation and vibrancy. Renowned opera and theater director James Alexander was commissioned by the Orchestra to stage these celebratory concerts.

The concerts this June are using Symphony V.0, a ground breaking and exhilarating theatrical experience that enhances the glorious tradition of symphonic music with state-of-the-art live effects and cutting edge high-definition visuals. The Orchestra remains the shining centerpiece of these innovative presentations.

The historic and beautiful interior of the Academy of Music—and those six majestic columns of the auditorium—will become a blank canvas that will visually transform to complement each score at key moments. These modern-day “magical” effects might even encourage the old maestro himself, Leopold Stokowski, to drop in and join the celebration!

In this first in a series of videos from James Alexander and his team, witness how the initial ideas for this “magic” begin to take flight. Here, James creatively generates ideas around a Stokowski “presence” at these celebratory concerts.