July 23, 2014

Orchestra Members Ready to Take Classical Mystery Tour

The Orchestra’s co-principal bassoon, Mark Gigliotti, remembers the first time he heard a Beatles song. He was with his parents, on their way to New York, when “She Loves You” came over the car radio. Principal Horn Jennifer Montone played “Eleanor Rigby” in her high school marching band. Trumpet player Robert Earley said he grew up on Beatles music and it provides the soundtrack to great memories of his childhood.

Love em, hate em, or just feel meh about them, the Beatles changed the course of popular music.

July 17, 2014

Four More Years with Bravo! Vail Festival

Bravo! Vail. Bravo Philadelphia!

Yannick and the Orchestra acknowledge the applause of the Bravo! Vail audience following a concert during the residency. Photo by Zach Mahone.

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Bravo! Vail, which NPR recently cited as a Top 10 “Can’t Miss” classical musical festival in the United States, have extended their partnership through the summer of 2018.

June 11, 2014

In Celebration of Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

Maestro Frühbeck leading a Philadelphia Orchestra rehearsal in 1979. Photo by Louis Hood.

June 06, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 19: Highlights and Heading Home

The Orchestra is on its way back to Philadelphia after a triumphant first tour with Yannick. We asked musicians to weigh in with their best stories, favorite moments ... and tricks for surviving the long flight home.

What do you like best about being on tour?

We are fortunate to visit the best, most famous concert halls around the world. I love thinking of all of the different musicians who have performed on the stages we visit. (Principal Second Violin Kimberly Fisher)

June 05, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 18: The Orchestra’s Final Concert of the Tour


6/5/14, Taipei: Taipei is a 24-hour city with lots of motorcycles and constant bustle. Photo by Jan Regan.

6/5/14, Taipei: The only day it rained is on the last day of the Tour. At the top of Taipei 101, formerly the world’s tallest building, there was no sunshine on this cloudy day. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 05, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 17: The Thrill of the First Tour

The Orchestra’s newest musician, violinist Julia Li, is on her first tour with the Philadelphians. Among the highlights: residency activities in her native Beijing, and a side-by-side concert with the Shenzhen Symphony. She shares her thoughts on China, her favorite orchestra (guess which one it is), and how she almost ended up playing accordion instead of violin.

June 04, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 17: The Orchestra Arrives in Taipei for the Final Concert of the Tour

6/4/14, Taipei: Everyone off the bus! The Orchestra arrives in Taipei, Taiwan, for the final concert of the Tour. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 03, 2014

Free Neighborhood Concerts

6/3/14, Tokyo: The afternoon before the second concert in beautiful Suntory Hall, the Orchestra rehearses Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) and Mahler’s First Symphony. Photo by Jan Regan.

6/3/14, Tokyo: Bow tie adjusted, Assistant Principal Bass Joseph Conyers is almost ready to take the stage. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 03, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency: China Then and Now—One Musician’s Perspective

Associate Principal Percussion Anthony Orlando is among the handful of musicians still playing with The Philadelphia Orchestra today who made the historic first trip to China with Eugene Ormandy in 1973. He shares some of his thoughts on China then and now … and 40 years of touring.

June 02, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 15: Playing Ball during the Day and a Concert at Night in Tokyo

6/2/14, Tokyo: Baseball is revered in both the U.S. and in Japan, so what’s a tour to Japan without a friendly baseball game between two orchestras? The Philadelphia Orchestra Firebirds and the players from the Tokyo Symphony bow in respect before the start of the game. Photo by Jan Regan.