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April 03, 2018

An Orchestral Tosca: The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents Semi-Staged Performances of the Operatic Favorite

When operas turn up on a symphony orchestra’s season prospectus, some listeners are thrilled, and others—those who believe that the business of an orchestra is the great symphonic repertory—don’t quite see the point. Opera, they would argue, is a specialized, theatrical art that requires a small army of carpenters, electricians, designers, directors, and coaches to stage, and those are just the people you don’t see.

April 03, 2018

Beyond the Baton

A Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Photo by Chris Lee

From the April/May 2018 Playbill

This Month Yannick Talks about His Friendship with Pianist Hélène Grimaud.

April 03, 2018

Ernesto Tovar Torres - 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? I was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. It’s a small town near the border with McAllen, TX. I grew up in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, until my early teens.

April 03, 2018

Robert Mortensen: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

April 02, 2018

Two Musicians’ Chairs Endowed

The Philadelphia Orchestra recently received extraordinary pledges from two generous donors, Peter Benoliel and Hannah Henderson, to name and endow important chairs in the ensemble. Named, endowed chairs are critical to the artistic excellence of the Orchestra, providing sustained annual income that allows us to recruit and retain the very finest musicians in the world.

February 27, 2018

A High Note for Low Brass

Last week, four musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra who can typically be seen (and heard) from the rear of the stage took center stage for the first Philadelphia Orchestra performances of Jennifer Higdon's Low Brass Concerto. The piece was co-commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony.

February 27, 2018

Crowds of Witnesses: Tod Machover’s Philadelphia Orchestra Commission “Philadelphia Voices” Takes on a Bold New “Genre”

“Crowdsourcing” as a term for the tech age was coined as recently as 2005, but as a broad concept it’s as old as human society itself.

February 27, 2018

Angela Zator Nelson - 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? I was born in Elmhurst, IL. 

February 27, 2018

Kelly Lee: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

February 12, 2018

The Philadelphia Orchestra Continues to Travel the World

As part of its commitment to cultural diplomacy, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will tour Europe and Israel from May 24 through June 5, 2018. The visit to Israel—in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia—coincides with the country’s 70th anniversary and marks only the second time the Orchestra has traveled there; its inaugural visit was in 1992.

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