Wikipedia describes Puccini’s Tosca as an opera that “contains depictions of torture, murder, and suicide.” As an opera director and psychotherapist, I find it intriguing that humans largely seem to learn more about our condition, and indeed ourselves, from engaging with, or being fascinated by, tragedy (that which confronts our existential reality and profound emotions) than we do by comedy (that which offers escape from reality).
Tuesday, April 24, marked the one-month countdown to the Orchestra’s first concert of the 2018 Tour of Europe and Israel. To celebrate the occasion, and to highlight the Orchestra’s important role in cultural diplomacy, Wolfgang Waldner, the Ambassador of Austria to the US, and his wife, Gudrun Faudon-Waldner, hosted a special chamber music performance and dinner at their official residence in Washington, DC.
May 2, 2018, PLEASE NOTE: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva has regrettably withdrawn from her appearances in Tosca due to a double ear infection. Jennifer Rowley has graciously agreed to appear in these performances.
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.
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.
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