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February 27, 2018

A High Note for Low Brass

Last week, four musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra who can typically be seen (and heard) from the rear of the stage took center stage for the first Philadelphia Orchestra performances of Jennifer Higdon's Low Brass Concerto. The piece was co-commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony.

February 27, 2018

Crowds of Witnesses: Tod Machover’s Philadelphia Orchestra Commission “Philadelphia Voices” Takes on a Bold New “Genre”

“Crowdsourcing” as a term for the tech age was coined as recently as 2005, but as a broad concept it’s as old as human society itself.

February 27, 2018

Beyond the Baton

A Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Photo by Chris Lee

From the March 2018 Playbill

This Month Yannick Talks about Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.

February 27, 2018

Angela Zator Nelson - 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 Elmhurst, IL. 

February 27, 2018

Kelly Lee: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

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.