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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.

January 13, 2014

No Shadow of a Doubt for Cristian Măcelaru's Interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings

Tchaikovsky’s third movement of the Serenade for Strings, Élégie, opens with what Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian Măcelaru calls a simple motion scale, in which the upper strings ascend the scale and the lower strings descend.

December 27, 2013

Bramwell Tovey to Conduct Fun New Year's Eve Concert

“… please borrow, steal and BEG BEG Bramwell Tovey to come back next year … what a treat….”

That’s what Orchestra Facebook fan John Samerjan wrote after Tovey led three Glorious Sound of Christmas concerts last year. 

We heard the pleas, and Tovey, seen below conducting last year’s Christmas concert, gladly returns to conduct our New Year’s Eve concert, which begins at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, December 31.

December 18, 2013

The Holidays are Happening at the Orchestra

He may not have the cachet or reputation of one of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s legendary conductors, but you have to admit, Santa Claus has a style all his own.

See for yourself when he takes the baton during the Orchestra’s Glorious Sound of Christmas concerts Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Tickets are still available for the popular concerts, which are named for the Orchestra’s best-selling Christmas album.

December 03, 2013

In the Spotlight - December 2013

A Monthly Series of Donor and Patron Profiles

November 27, 2013

Richard Egarr Answers Our Questions

Since being appointed music director of the Academy of Ancient Music in 2006, Richard Egarr has directed that orchestra in concerts around the world and in a number of acclaimed recordings. He also often performs with non-period orchestras, but until this weekend has never conducted The Philadelphia Orchestra. We asked him five questions in anticipation of his appearance.

November 22, 2013

With Heavy Hearts, Maestro Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra Honored President Kennedy

It was a typical Philadelphia Orchestra program on Friday, November 22, 1963.

Before taking the stage of the Academy of Music at 2 PM, however, the musicians had been told that President Kennedy had been shot—but nothing further was known.

And so Maestro Eugene Ormandy and the Orchestra launched into Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Alerted by an offstage signal, Ormandy halted the performance. The Orchestra manager informed the audience of the awful news. The president had been assassinated.

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.”

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