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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.

May 28, 2014

Delaware Chamber Music Festival's 29th Season

Looking for world class performances of great music this June? Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, musicians from the Astral Artists roster, and local shining stars join forces for four brilliant concerts at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival, June 13-22.

May 21, 2014

Orchestra Shares Music and Makes Memories All Year Long

A community of musicians and music-lovers unlocked a city’s creative spirit when they came together last week for Philadelphia Orchestra Free Days. Whether it was a three-year-old conducting the Orchestra’s famous strings, a packed concert hall of eager voices joining together to sing the First Part of Handel’s Messiah, or 900 people enjoying an Orchestra Neighborhood Concert at Urban Outfitters, Inc., Headquarters at the Navy Yard, music was made, shared, and celebrated all across Greater Philadelphia.

May 08, 2014

Orchestra Concert Brings Recognition to Musicians

Last Thursday’s concert was a bittersweet one. Co-Principal Harp Margarita Csonka Montanaro’s retirement after the season was announced. On a more celebratory note, horn player Jeffry Kirschen and Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi were recognized for 25 years with the Orchestra, and bassist David Fay was the recipient of the C. Hartman Kuhn Award.

March 20, 2014

Four Sea Interludes to Feature Visual Interpretations

The Orchestra knew it wanted to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten. That’s done easily enough by programming the music of the British composer, one of the major figures of 20th-century classical music.

March 07, 2014

Orchestra to Hit the Right Notes at Fundraiser

Jason DePue. You know him as a member of the first violin section of the Orchestra. Don Liuzzi. He’s the Orchestra’s highly regarded principal timpani and a DePue of sorts when he takes the stage with Jason as a member of the DePue Brothers Band.

Hear these musicians play a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical, and rock when they headline the Volunteer Committees for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s On That Note festive fundraiser benefiting the Orchestra on Friday, April 4. In addition to Jason, the band includes his two brothers, Wallace and Zach, each a classical virtuoso as well.

January 29, 2014

The Play-In’s the Thing

Do you want to play with The Philadelphia Orchestra?

Actually, if you play a woodwind or brass instrument, harp or double bass, you can.

On February 15, the Orchestra presents the first of this season’s popular Play-Ins, in which musicians of any age and any level of ability get to play side by side with members of Fabulous Philadelphians.

The Play-Ins begin Saturday, February 15, at 6:30 PM at the Orchestra’s home in the Kimmel Center with woodwind players.

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