November 08, 2012

Stokowski's Legacy

As you may very well know by now, the Orchestra's 2012-13 season is special in more ways than one. Of course, we officially welcomed to Philadelphia our new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who conducted a successful Opening Weekend and second week of concerts with our incredible musicians. This weekend's concerts continue the celebration of another famous conductor in the Orchestra's history: Leopold Stokowski.

November 05, 2012

A Tale of Two Pianists

This week The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a series of concerts that, in part, are re-creations of a pair of concerts given by Leopold Stokowski and the Orchestra in December 1935. On the program this week are two pieces that Stokowski and the Orchestra performed on December 27 and 28, 1935: César Franck’s Symphony in D minor and Francis Poulenc’s Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra.

November 5, 2012

’Tis the Season for the Philadelphia Orchestra read more

November 01, 2012

Lynn and Joe Manko - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Series of Donor and Patron Profiles
November 01, 2012

Yumi Kendall - Behind the Scenes

Yumi Kendall Acting Associate Principal Cello

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? St. Louis, MO

When did you join the Orchestra? September 2004.

October 31, 2012

Opening Night 2012: Yannick's debut as music director!

10/18/12, Philadelphia: (From left) Marguerite Lenfest, Gerry Lenfest, Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore, and Don Fox in the Kimmel Center prior to the Orchestra's 2012 Opening Night performance. Photo: Jessica Griffin  
October 23, 2012

Getting ready for the 2012-13 season - Acting Associate Principal Cello Yumi Kendall

What makes a Philadelphia Orchestra performance special? The legendary "Philadelphia Sound," for one, but for our musicians it can also be the concert dress that them add extra shine or depth to their personal concert experience. That's exactly what Acting Associate Principal Cello Yumi Kendall highlights in this Newsworks profile--read her full story on the Newsworks website, and see how other Orchestra musicians are preparing for the 2012-13 season:

October 23, 2012

Getting ready for the 2012-13 season - Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa

In addition to holding the position of principal bassoon with the Orchestra, Daniel Matsukawa teaches at Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music. With little downtime and a need to warm up his instrument on the fly, he's come up with a cool way of "killing five birds with one stone." Watch the video above to find out how, read the full Newsworks story for more, and see how other Orchestra musicians are getting ready for the 2012-13 season:

October 19, 2012

Getting ready for the 2012-13 season - Associate Principal Timpani and section percussionist Angela Zator Nelson

Angela Zator Nelson, associate principal timpani and section percussion, shows how she gets the sounds she wants from a timpani with mallets she makes herself. You can read the full Newsworks article and view WHYY's other musician profiles in this series below:

Acting Associate Principal Cello Yumi Kendall

October 19, 2012

Greetings from Shanghai!

Hello from China, where I am presenting a new harp concerto with Tan Dun for the Shanghai International Arts Festival. This is not a conventional work and has the potential to globally galvanize women. Tan Dun has preserved yet another musical tapestry of his culture by sharing an ancient women’s secret language through the voice of the harp. From a remote village in his Hunan home, Tan Dun bonded with the last remaining women who practice this secret code, nüshu—“women’s writing”—a simplified Chinese script used exclusively among women, developed during a time in China when women lacked the same access to education as men. Messages written in nüshu along the folds of a secret fan or embroidered in cloth were the only means for a woman to communicate to her sisters. Through the feminine form of the harp this women’s secret society will be revealed.