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September 28, 2016

An American in Paris: Hear It Again for the Very First Time!

Perhaps you saw the article in the New York Times last March under the provocative headline “Have We Been Playing Gershwin Wrong for 70 Years?” It’s about his beloved An American in Paris, a symphonic tone poem that features the distinctive sounds of French taxi horns and which will be performed on The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Opening Night Concert September 30.

September 26, 2016

The President of Mongolia Visits Philadelphia at the Invitation of the Orchestra

It’s not every day that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney declares a Mongolia-Philadelphia Friendship Day. Then again, it’s not every day that the President of Mongolia, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, visits Philadelphia at the invitation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

September 21, 2016

Let the Concerts Begin!

This Thursday Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin begins his fifth subscription season on the podium with an outstanding program, and an outstanding star: pianist Yuja Wang. The Curtis-trained Philadelphia favorite is sure to delight with Chopin’s exquisite Piano Concerto No. 2, a staple of the repertoire she’ll bring to life with her boundless energy and scintillating technique.

September 21, 2016

New Faces in the Orchestra

Audiences at Philadelphia Orchestra concerts this fall will see three new faces onstage: Associate Principal Cello Priscilla Lee, clarinetist Socrates Villegas, and Angela Bilger, who joins the ensemble for a one-year appointment as acting fourth horn.

September 20, 2016

Yannick Looks Forward: With Four Amazing Seasons Behind Him, an Enticing Decade Beckons

When The Philadelphia Orchestra announced in 2010 that it had named a 35-year-old French Canadian with relatively little name recognition in the United States as its new music director, the world could not have anticipated the extent to which this podium dynamo would vitalize the Orchestra and transform the very nature of a music director’s relationship to his or her community.

Photo by Chris Lee

September 20, 2016

Kimberly Fisher - 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.

Kimberly Fisher holds the Peter A. Benoliel Chair.

Where were you born? I was born in Traverse City, MI.

September 20, 2016

Beyond the Baton

A Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Photo by Chris Lee

From the September/October 2016 Playbill

This Month Yannick Talks about Mozart’s Mass in C minor

August 24, 2016

A SPACtacular Finale with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 50th anniversary celebration culminated with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s third residency week under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Special guest artists included pianist Lukáš Vondráček making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut (August 17); legendary soprano Renée Fleming making her SPAC debut (August 18); and cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han—the co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center—alongside violinist Benjamin Beilman (August 20).

August 17, 2016

Back at SPAC--Week Two

The Philadelphia Orchestra kicked off the second week of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center residency with a program celebrating the history of the Saratoga Race Track and the majestic horse, on August 10.

August 08, 2016

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center Turns 50!

In 1961 discussions were begun for a summer venue for the New York Philharmonic at Saratoga Spa State Park. Local civic, cultural, and legislative leaders were galvanized into action. Within a week they held their first meeting; within a month they had won the support of State Conservation Commissioner, and begun discussions with both the Philharmonic and New York City Ballet. The group funded start-up costs out of their own pockets. Then came the more formidable challenge of demonstrating community-wide support to foundations and philanthropists whose backing would be critical.

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