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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!

October 03, 2019

Introducing Inspirations: Playlists by Women Artists Featured in the WomenNOW Series

As part of its ongoing commitment to strengthening the role of women in classical music, and to showcase how #WomenRockClassical, The Philadelphia Orchestra has launched its first-ever playlist series on Spotify, as part of WomenNOW, the Orchestra’s season-long celebration of women in classical music. Each playlist in the Inspirations series will be curated by a female artist prominently featured in the Orchestra’s 201920 season.

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.

September 10, 2019


In the 2019–20 season, a woman’s place is on The Philadelphia Orchestra’s stages, leading from the podium, performing in the spotlight, and commanding the repertoire.

Ravel. Bartók. Frank.

Gabriela Lena Frank remembers well what it was like, as a young composer, to have one of her pieces paired with the work of musical giants.

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.

June 04, 2019

The Orchestra and Fairmount Park: A Match Made in Heaven

Hearing The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on a beautiful summer evening has always felt like an occasion. The resounding majesty of the Orchestra’s legendary sound provides a unique feeling both in the covered seating and, with amplification, for the audience on the upper lawn.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August

May 31, 2019

A Note from the Stage Director of "Candide"

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is a coming-of-age story. The musical, and the Voltaire novel on which it is based, chronicles a loss of innocence and examines the philosophy of optimism and its breakdown. As a director, it’s always important for me to ask why we are telling this particular story right now, in 2019. What can Candide, as it traverses time periods and continents, teach us about growing up?