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October 25, 2016

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

“It’s a classic, one of the greatest horror films of all time. An incredible piece of art!”

That’s Peter Conte, and he should know. Not only has this master organist seen the 1920s silent horror classic countless times, this Friday (9:30 PM in Verizon Hall) he’ll be responsible for a good portion of that horror, when he improvises an organ accompaniment during a live screening of the movie. It’s the perfect Halloween blend of thrills, chills, and spellbinding music.

October 17, 2016

Cannons in the Kimmel?

How do you fire off a cannon inside Verizon Hall without hurting anybody? You need the cannon, of course, for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, a highlight of this week’s very Russian concerts, which also include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Denis Kozhukhin. The performances are led by Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève.

October 10, 2016

The Philadelphia Orchestra in the News: Simon Rattle and David Bilger

The Philadelphia Orchestra was featured prominently in the news over the weekend.

The New York Times was in Verizon Hall for Thursday’s “stunning account” of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, led by Simon Rattle. Here are excerpts from the rave that ran in Saturday’s edition:

October 04, 2016

Stéphane Tétreault Makes His Philadelphia Orchestra Debut with the “Perfect Cello Concerto”

“It’s the most exciting concert of my career so far. It’s just an unbelievable opportunity!”

Stéphane Tétreault is thrilled to be performing for the very first time with The Philadelphia Orchestra (in Verizon Hall, October 7 and 8, 8 PM). And the fact that this incredibly young (he’s 23) French Canadian phenomenon will be playing the Saint-Saëns First Cello Concerto only adds to his excitement.

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.