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November 30, 2016

La Ville Lumière: The Philadelphia Orchestra Honors the French Capital with a Three-week Festival

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life,” Thomas Jefferson wrote some 250 years ago. Much later, James Thurber would call the city “a vast university of art, literature and music … a post-graduate course in Everything.” Novelist Laurence Durrell marveled at “the restless metaphysical curiosity, the tenderness of good living and the passionate individualism.”

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

November 30, 2016

Beyond the Baton

A Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Photo by Chris Lee

From the December 2016 Playbill

This Month Yannick Talks about Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4.

November 30, 2016

Socrates Villegas - Behind the Scenes

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? I was born in Coyotepec, Mexico.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? The Overture to The Queen of Spades by Franz von Suppé.

November 30, 2016

Susan Price: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

November 29, 2016

Orchestra Thankful on Giving Tuesday for George Hermann’s Gift of Sound

For all 54 years of their marriage, music filled the Bryn Mawr home and lives of George Hermann and his late wife, Myrl.

Now, thanks to George’s generous gift to the Orchestra of Myrl’s beloved C.G. Testore violin, circa 1700, they will be contributing to the fabled Philadelphia Sound in concerts at the Kimmel Center, across the United States, and around the world.

November 22, 2016

Orchestra Performs at Closing Ceremony of U.S.-China Tourism Year

In 2015 President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that 2016 would be U.S.-China Tourism Year—and The Philadelphia Orchestra played a major role in its Closing Ceremony, which took place Sunday, November 20, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. In recognition of the Orchestra's rich and deep history of pioneering cultural diplomatic initiatives globally—dating back to its first trip to China at the request of President Nixon in 1973, the first visit to the country by an American orchestra—the Chinese and U.S.

November 17, 2016

In Good Company: Beethoven, Ravel, Petrassi, and Noseda

One of the great things about talking to conductors is that sooner or later they’ll start singing. The other day, Gianandrea Noseda was discussing his upcoming concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra (November 25-27 in Verizon Hall; for tickets and more information click here). The program concludes with Beethoven’s beloved “Pastoral” Symphony and we asked Noseda to describe the essence of this great work.

November 15, 2016

Skate through the Winter with the Fabulous Philadelphians

Lace up your skates, cue Waldteufel’s “The Skaters’” Waltz, and get ready to hit the ice with The Philadelphia Orchestra. All winter long the Orchestra presents “Symphony Sundays” at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park.

November 01, 2016

Beyond the Stage: A Look at the Orchestra’s New HEAR Initiative

If you’re reading this in Verizon Hall, you’re eagerly looking forward to the glorious sound, the passion, and the excellent musicianship for which The Philadelphia Orchestra is justly famous.

November 01, 2016

Priscilla Lee - Behind the Scenes

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? I was born in Fullerton, CA.

What’s your most treasured possession? A cello and a bow, not necessarily mine. Any would do.

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