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April 03, 2018

An Orchestral Tosca: The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents Semi-Staged Performances of the Operatic Favorite

When operas turn up on a symphony orchestra’s season prospectus, some listeners are thrilled, and others—those who believe that the business of an orchestra is the great symphonic repertory—don’t quite see the point. Opera, they would argue, is a specialized, theatrical art that requires a small army of carpenters, electricians, designers, directors, and coaches to stage, and those are just the people you don’t see.

April 02, 2018

Two Musicians’ Chairs Endowed

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.

February 27, 2018

Crowds of Witnesses: Tod Machover’s Philadelphia Orchestra Commission “Philadelphia Voices” Takes on a Bold New “Genre”

“Crowdsourcing” as a term for the tech age was coined as recently as 2005, but as a broad concept it’s as old as human society itself.

February 01, 2018

The Huberman Violin

My violin is over 300 years old. Known as the Gibson ex-Huberman, the revered instrument came into my life one fateful day during the summer of 2001. I was in London, getting ready to play a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall and decided to stop by the famous violin shop J & A Beare to pick up some strings. As I entered the shop, Charles Beare was just coming out of the back room with a stunning violin in hand. He told me that it was the famous Huberman Stradivarius, and of course I was instantly intrigued.

January 30, 2018

“Rewarding, Special, and Unique”: The Philadelphia Orchestra Unveils Its 2018-19 Season

The 2018-19 Philadelphia Orchestra season is a kaleidoscope of matchless breadth, encompassing a world of nationalities and cultures, and musical styles from Romantic to 12-tone, and Baroque to Broadway. In other words: This season has it all.

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Photo by Jessica Griffin

January 30, 2018

Love Notes for Lenny!

In celebration of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, and to capture the impact of his music, The Philadelphia Orchestra invites you to share your “Love Notes for Lenny.”

Join us for our upcoming Bernstein performances throughout the remainder of the season and contribute your memories to our Post-It wall found in Commonwealth Plaza.

January 30, 2018

Get to Know Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe

A Philadelphia Orchestra assistant conductor’s duties include leading select concerts; participating in residency, touring, and educational activities; and serving as a cover conductor. The position also provides assistance to Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in preparation for and during rehearsals, as well as assisting guest conductors. Kensho Watanabe has been assistant conductor since the 2016-17 season, and his tenure has just been extended through the 2018-19 season. He was born in Yokohama and moved to the US at age five, growing up in Greenwich, CT.

January 03, 2018

Best of British: The Philadelphia Orchestra Transports Us to the British Isles

Since the earliest migrations of humans to Europe 40,000 years ago, the civilizations of the British Isles have functioned somewhat apart from those of the Continent—the result of geography, climate, and, eventually, temperament. Though little is known of Neolithic cultures, during the last two millennia Romans, Saxons, Vikings, and Normans have joined Celtic peoples to form a singular stew of ethnicities and cultures.

January 02, 2018

A Tribute Concert Fit for a King

For the 28th year, The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform its annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert on Monday, January 15, at 1:30 PM at Girard College Chapel. The concert, sponsored by PECO, is the culminating event of Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the country. First presented in 1991, the Tribute Concert reflects the beliefs and convictions of the famed civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and combines the traditions of African-American culture and Western classical music. The concert pays tribute to Dr.

December 20, 2017

Farewell to Allison Vulgamore

“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It's about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” – Astronaut Chris Hadfield

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