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February 12, 2018

The Philadelphia Orchestra Continues to Travel the World

As part of its commitment to cultural diplomacy, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will tour Europe and Israel from May 24 through June 5, 2018. The visit to Israel—in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia—coincides with the country’s 70th anniversary and marks only the second time the Orchestra has traveled there; its inaugural visit was in 1992.

February 01, 2018

The Huberman Violin

My violin is over 300 years old. Known as the Gibson ex-Huberman, the revered instrument came into my life one fateful day during the summer of 2001. I was in London, getting ready to play a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall and decided to stop by the famous violin shop J & A Beare to pick up some strings. As I entered the shop, Charles Beare was just coming out of the back room with a stunning violin in hand. He told me that it was the famous Huberman Stradivarius, and of course I was instantly intrigued.

January 30, 2018

“Rewarding, Special, and Unique”: The Philadelphia Orchestra Unveils Its 2018-19 Season

The 2018-19 Philadelphia Orchestra season is a kaleidoscope of matchless breadth, encompassing a world of nationalities and cultures, and musical styles from Romantic to 12-tone, and Baroque to Broadway. In other words: This season has it all.

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Photo by Jessica Griffin

January 30, 2018

Love Notes for Lenny!

In celebration of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, and to capture the impact of his music, The Philadelphia Orchestra invites you to share your “Love Notes for Lenny.”

Join us for our upcoming Bernstein performances throughout the remainder of the season and contribute your memories to our Post-It wall found in Commonwealth Plaza.

January 30, 2018

Get to Know Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe

A Philadelphia Orchestra assistant conductor’s duties include leading select concerts; participating in residency, touring, and educational activities; and serving as a cover conductor. The position also provides assistance to Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in preparation for and during rehearsals, as well as assisting guest conductors. Kensho Watanabe has been assistant conductor since the 2016-17 season, and his tenure has just been extended through the 2018-19 season. He was born in Yokohama and moved to the US at age five, growing up in Greenwich, CT.

January 30, 2018

Matthew Vaughn - 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 Dallas, TX, but I grew up in Richmond, IN. 

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony.

January 30, 2018

Peter Benoliel: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

January 03, 2018

Best of British: The Philadelphia Orchestra Transports Us to the British Isles

Since the earliest migrations of humans to Europe 40,000 years ago, the civilizations of the British Isles have functioned somewhat apart from those of the Continent—the result of geography, climate, and, eventually, temperament. Though little is known of Neolithic cultures, during the last two millennia Romans, Saxons, Vikings, and Normans have joined Celtic peoples to form a singular stew of ethnicities and cultures.

January 03, 2018

Beyond the Baton

A Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Photo by Chris Lee

From the January 2018 Playbill

This Month Yannick Talks about Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3.

January 03, 2018

Erica Peel - 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 Miami, FL, but I grew up in New Jersey. 

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Meditation from Thaïs by Jules Massenet.

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