In the Spotlight


March 03, 2014

In the Spotlight - March 2014

A Monthly Series of Donor and Patron Profiles

January 01, 2014

In the Spotlight - January 2014

A Monthly Series of Donor and Patron Profiles


Yuming Chiu is going places. He can see his future: There’s a big job. Community engagement. Board directorships. Involvement in the arts. “My entire life I have been really passionate for music,” he says. “As a kid I dreamed of becoming the president and CEO of the L.A. Philharmonic.”

December 03, 2013

In the Spotlight - December 2013

A Monthly Series of Donor and Patron Profiles

November 06, 2013

In the Spotlight - November 2013

Don’t ask Claudia Balderston about her first encounter with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The Philadelphians have been in her world for so long, she can’t recall life without them. “I don’t remember!” she insists. “The Orchestra has always been a part of our lives. We’ve been subscription holders forever.”

September 19, 2013

In the Spotlight - September 2013

Longtime Philadelphia Orchestra subscriber Dr. Louis Keeler had recently switched his series from Thursday evenings to Friday afternoons and was enjoying a matinee performance of Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 (“It was a great performance that day,” he remembers) when he observed something troubling: He didn’t see any young people in the audience.

April 04, 2013

In the Spotlight - April 2013

When Yannick Nézet-Séguin made his first subscription concert appearances as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra—leading performances of Verdi’s Requiem—the ovations were resounding. Raves poured in. When he led the work the following week for his Carnegie Hall debut, the New York Times described it as “a heaven-storming performance” that had “thoroughly … won over the audience.” The critics weren’t the only ones impressed. 

March 01, 2013

A Gift from the Heart

Eleven-year-old Elizabeth Kannon is already a patron of the arts. While most girls her age worry about making friends and fitting in, Elizabeth was more concerned about the challenges facing the Orchestra she loves. So, instead of asking for presents for her November birthday, she asked her friends and family for monetary gifts to give to The Philadelphia Orchestra. And how did that go over? She was able to donate money to the tune of $567 to the Orchestra’s Annual Fund.

February 01, 2013

In the Spotlight - February 2013

A Monthly Series of Donor and Patron Profiles


Drexel University senior Rita Bucca loves all kinds of music. Taking Back Sunday, an indie rock band from New York, pop-rock sensation Panic at the Disco, and Philadelphia-based punk band Valencia are among her favorites. Also at the top of her list? Vivaldi, Bach, violinist Joshua Bell, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

January 10, 2013

In the Spotlight - January 2013

A Monthly Series of Donor and Patron Profiles


According to Reinhard and Sue Kruse, they have done three things right in their lives: marrying their one true love; moving to Philadelphia; and buying a condo in the Academy House in Center City.

December 03, 2012

In the Spotlight - December 2012

“Wow.” That’s how Stephanie Brandow, newly-named president of the Volunteer Committees for The Philadelphia Orchestra, describes her first time hearing the Orchestra. “It was remarkable—like going to Disneyland for the first time.”