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November 08, 2012

Stokowski's Legacy

As you may very well know by now, the Orchestra's 2012-13 season is special in more ways than one. Of course, we officially welcomed to Philadelphia our new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who conducted a successful Opening Weekend and second week of concerts with our incredible musicians. This weekend's concerts continue the celebration of another famous conductor in the Orchestra's history: Leopold Stokowski. The 2012-13 season marks the 100th anniversary of Stoki's inaugural season as conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the program this week pays tribute to the legendary artist by drawing directly from a program he presented with the Philadelphians in December 1935. There's still a bit more to these concerts though, and we snapped a few photos to show you what you can expect on your way into Verizon Hall tonight, tomorrow, and on Saturday. Big thanks to archivist Jack McCarthy, who put this great display together. Enjoy!

 

There are three separate displays, two of which are back to back. Scores featuring Stokowski's notations, newspaper excerpts from different points during Stoki's tenure, and handwritten correspondence between the maestro and others are all available for viewing.

 

Look familiar? This is the original program from which we drew the inspiration for our June 2012 Stokowski Celebration program books.

 

A view of the second display. Just behind is Jack McCarthy putting some finishing touches on the first.

 

The third display, which describes aspects of Stokowski's concert attire, and also provides insight into how he arranged Orchestra instrument sections to elicit different kinds of sound in the Academy of Music.