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December 26, 2019

Stokowski & "Fantasia": A Quest for the Limelight

During Leopold Stokowski’s tenure as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra (1912-41), patrons would often line up around the block of the Academy of Music, even in poor weather, to hear the world-renowned ensemble. Stokowski began to dream of new formats to bring classical music to an even wider audience. In The Philadelphia Orchestra: A Century of Music, Joseph Horowitz explains: “Foremost in his thinking was Hollywood—its glamour, its mass impact and appeal.

December 13, 2019

My Love of Handel's "Messiah"

My love for George Frideric Handel’s Messiah borders on obsession.

December 13, 2019

World Violin Day 2019

As many may, or may not, be aware, December 13, 2019, is World Violin Day, making it the perfect time to take a closer look at Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Barbara Govatos’s Brothers Amati violin, which is 400 years old this year. Barbara sheds some light on this Cremonese family of violin makers, and how this particular instrument came to “own” her.

December 11, 2019

Christmas with the Vienna Boys Choir

What do Mozart, Bruckner, and Schubert have in common in addition to being renowned composers? They were all choir boys in the Viennese Court. The Vienna Boys Choir has attracted many great musicians since 1296 and have been delighting listeners for centuries since.

October 07, 2019

Inspirations: Juliette Kang

Our next playlist in our Inspirations series showcases an inside look at the music that inspires First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang! For more playlists from artists in our WomenNOW series, be sure to follow The Philadelphia Orchestra on Spotify!

September 26, 2019

The “Philadelphia Sound” and the “Sound of Philadelphia” Honored on Walk of Fame

On October 22 The Philadelphia Orchestra will be honored with a plaque on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Music Alliance and located on the South Broad Street Avenue of the Arts, the Walk of Fame features 147 sidewalk plaques that honor the legacy of the city’s greatest musical artists, ensembles, songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, and music-industry figures. Three of the Orchestra’s music directors—Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, and Riccardo Muti—currently have plaques on the Walk of Fame; this year the Orchestra receives one as an ensemble.

September 23, 2019

Clara Schumann Letters Discovered in Orchestra Archives

The musical world recently celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Clara Wieck Schumann (1819–96), the German concert pianist/composer whose remarkable career spanned much of the 19th century. While known to many primarily as the wife of the great Romantic composer Robert Schumann (1810–56), Clara was an important musician in her own right. She was a well-known concert pianist before she met Robert and had a successful performing and teaching career for many years after his death.

July 31, 2019

More than Just a Summer Camp

“Yes! Yes! That’s it. That’s the sound!”

Philadelphia Orchestra Acting Associate Principal Bass Joseph Conyers has his arms in the air, body arched, feet lifting off the floor as he exuberantly conducts a string ensemble at the Mann Center. The group before him is a welcome sight: young musicians from the Philadelphia region who are taking part in the inaugural All City Orchestra Summer Academy (ACOSA).

July 03, 2019

Get to Know Conductor Gemma New

Conductor Gemma New, recently named principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony, is in the midst of a meteoric rise in the classical music world, having made recent debuts with the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco and Detroit symphonies, among others. She adds The Philadelphia Orchestra to that list on July 24 when she makes her debut at the Mann Center with Voyage to the Moon: A 50th Anniversary Concert.

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