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2012-13 Season

March 11, 2013

1929 Philadelphia Orchestra Radio Broadcast of The Rite of Spring

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s rich history with Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) has been well-documented. The Orchestra gave the American premiere of the concert version of the groundbreaking piece in 1922 and of the full staged ballet version in 1930, both under its legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski. Stokowski and the Orchestra also made one of the earliest recordings of the piece, in 1929.

February 22, 2013

Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Rite of Spring

Unidentified April 30, 1930, New York City newspaper clipping showing Martha Graham and two dancers from The Rite of Spring program


December 10, 2012

Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto: The Philadelphia Story

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto is one of the best loved concertos in the Romantic piano literature. This past weekend’s performances by The Philadelphia Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda conducting and Denis Matsuev as soloist were very well received, with sold-out concerts and standing ovations in Verizon Hall.

November 21, 2012

Let a little Orchestra into your life on Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving Day we encourage you to tune into Princeton, New Jersey’s WPRB 103.3 FM, when hosts Teri Noel Towe and Orchestra Board Member Mike Cone present 12 continuous hours of Philadelphia Orchestra recordings made between 1927 and 2012. This Orchestra programming marathon begins right at 6 AM and finishes at 6 PM—just in time for dinner!

Don't have a radio? No problem--you can also tune in through WPRB's online stream.


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.

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 18, 2012

Getting ready for the 2012-13 season - Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams

In this WHYY/Newsworks interview, Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams talks about the driving force behind oboes: the reed! Watch the video above to find out more, and then read the full article right here.

You can also view other musician profiles in this Newsworks series below: