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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?

April 26, 2019

China: Then and Now—The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Evolving Role

Culture and sports have long been purposeful elements in Chinese diplomacy and US- China relations. A few examples:

March 07, 2019

Past as Present: The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces a Season-long Focus on Equality, Justice, and Magnificent Music

Music communicates and unifies. And its non-verbal elements can transform us in ways that are difficult to articulate.

January 03, 2019

Hannibal’s Oasis of Inspiration

“I love you, babies.”

“We love you, Mr. Hannibal.”

It’s a familiar farewell between students at Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy and Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Hannibal.

Hannibal describes the school, located in Camden, NJ, as an “oasis.” He recently met with members of the jazz band to discuss his new work for The Philadelphia Orchestra, Healing Tones––the text of which they helped to inspire.

January 03, 2019

Schoolhouse Classical: The Philadelphia Orchestra Gives Back

It’s no secret that The Philadelphia Orchestra spends a lot of time away from Verizon Hall. Every summer it heads to the Mann Center, Vail, and Saratoga. There are regular visits to New York’s Carnegie Hall and community concerts around Philadelphia, plus frequent overseas tours.

December 21, 2018

"Bugs Bunny at the Symphony": The Philadelphia Connection

Seinfeld, season 4, episode 9: “The Opera”

Exterior. Opera House.

Jerry and Elaine wait outside the opera house, as last-minute patrons rush in to the performance.

ELAINE

“Jerry, we’re going to miss the overture!”

JERRY (Singing)

“Overture, curtain lights! This is it, we’ll hit the heights. And oh what heights we’ll hit! On with the show, this is it!”

ELAINE (after a pause)

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