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.

October 21, 2015

Putting It in Perspective: The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2015 Annual Meeting

The words “annual meeting” in most organizations constitute a review of the events of the past 12 months. It is necessarily a much broader review when you are The Philadelphia Orchestra and you are only a few years removed from what will long be remembered as our nadir—a declaration of bankruptcy.

October 16, 2015

Music Saved Me: Hannibal and One Land, One River, One People, a Philadelphia Orchestra World Premiere

How did Hannibal Lokumbe get from the cotton fields of segregated 1950s Texas to the concert halls of the world? (Including, on November 13-15, Verizon Hall, for the world premiere of his new “spiritatorio” as he has named it, One Land, One River, One People, commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra.)

October 15, 2015

Bravo Yannick!

The prestigious classical music industry bible, Musical America, has just named Yannick 2016 Artist of the Year. Not only does this put our beloved music director in the company of such previous honorees as Leonard 

September 29, 2015

Barbara Govatos - 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? Strauss’s Don Juan and Bartók’s Divertimento for strings.

September 29, 2015

The Keeper of the Sound - As He Begins his Fourth Season as Music Director, Yannick Talks about the Philadelphia Sound

It’s a concept that’s so familiar to fans of The Philadelphia Orchestra it seems to need no explanation: the Philadelphia Sound. Born under the legendary Leopold Stokowski, burnished under the equally legendary Eugene Ormandy, the Sound has been part of the orchestral landscape for generations, acknowledged and enjoyed in Philadelphia and in concert halls literally around the globe.

Photo by Jessica Griffin

September 29, 2015

A Season of the Sound

With all the excitement surrounding the papal visit, and the Orchestra’s starring role in it, you might forget that the 2015-16 season is about to begin. But it is, kicking off with a bang on September 30 with the Opening Night Concert and Gala at the Kimmel Center. This fourth season under Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is highlighting the legendary Philadelphia Sound, lauded for a century, and very much alive today.

September 28, 2015

Rachmaninoff on Philadelphia: “The Finest Orchestral Combination in the World”

When Yannick and The Philadelphia Orchestra take the stage for the first subscription series of the 2015-16 season, Rachmaninoff will be on the program. And if you’re in the audience, you may feel the spirit of the composer himself in Verizon Hall. Rachmaninoff had a profound and prolific relationship with the Orchestra: He loved the Orchestra, performed with the Orchestra, and, most abidingly, wrote for and recorded with the Orchestra.

September 28, 2015

The Orchestra Performs for Pope Francis - Part 2

Yannick and the Orchestra provided music for the final Mass of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States on September 27, before an estimated crowd of 860,000 people on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Not only did they provide the liturgical music during the service, but they also performed a selection of works as a prelude and a postlude.

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