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December 18, 2015

Holidays with The Philadelphia Orchestra

All December long, The Philadelphia Orchestra has celebrated the special, joyous, and merry sounds of the holiday season. On Saturday, December 5, Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman kicked things off with the Christmas Kids’ Spectacular, a Family Concert featuring host Kimberly Schroeder, the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts Choir, and special guest Santa Claus.

December 08, 2015

The Glorious Gift of Music (and Laughter)

All tied up in a beautiful bow, here’s a present we want you to peek at: The Philadelphia Orchestra’s wonderful holiday concerts.

Photo by Will Figg

December 02, 2015

Wien, Vienna, Bécs, Videň: a Wonderful Town by Any Name

City on the Danube Is Featured in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s January 2016 Festival

December 02, 2015

Katharine Eyre and Bruce Leto - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

December 02, 2015

Mei Ching Huang - 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 Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Stephen Foster’s “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” arranged by Jascha Heifetz.

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.