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January 21, 2020

The Philadelphia Orchestra Returns Home

This week, The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to the Academy of Music for its first subscription concerts since moving to Verizon Hall in 2001. To celebrate the Orchestra’s rich history with the Academy, its home for over a century, as well its exceptionally close creative relationship with pianist/composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, whose Third Symphony is featured on the program, there will be a display of relevant historical materials in the Academy lobby.

January 09, 2020

Inspirations: Vivian Fung

Composer Vivian Fung gives us some insight into her musical world.

In her words:

“I created this playlist and included both composers and performers that have inspired me. This is not an exhaustive list, just a cross section of tracks I found on Spotify!

December 30, 2019

Beethoven@250: Celebrating Music Itself

The musical world this season celebrates the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. During the last big party, for the 1970 bicentennial, Leonard Bernstein declared, “It’s almost like celebrating the birthday of music itself.”

Ludwig van Beethoven, by Joseph Karl Stieler, from 1819–20

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.

November 20, 2019

An Inspiring Leader

As Board Chairman Richard B. Worley Prepares to Step Down, We Look Back at His 10-Year Tenure

Richard B. Worley is certainly well known in the world of finance, and in boardrooms of Philadelphia and beyond. His financial prowess and philanthropic generosity are legendary in the donor community. But concertgoers may not be aware of the extraordinary contributions he’s made to their beloved Philadelphia Orchestra over the past decade, during his term as chairman of the Board of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association.

November 19, 2019

Firebird Wings Take Flight in the Kimmel Center

The Philadelphia Orchestra has teamed up with Mural Arts Philadelphia to offer concertgoers a unique experience this week as they enter the Kimmel Center for The Firebird. Complementing Stravinsky’s dynamic myth of feathered flight in Verizon Hall, patrons can transform themselves into a firebird—wings and all—thanks to a special art installation on loan from the Mural Arts’ Color Me Back program.

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!