February 2013

February 22, 2013

Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Rite of Spring

Unidentified April 30, 1930, New York City newspaper clipping showing Martha Graham and two dancers from The Rite of Spring program

 

February 10, 2013

February 10: Florida Finale

February 10, Sarasota then Home - As the Orchestra prepares for its final performance of the tour, we enjoy a symphonic sunset over Sarasota yesterday evening, before heading to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

February 09, 2013

February 9: Standing O in the Sunshine State

Naples & Sarasota, February 9: A panoramic view of the stage, as the Orchestra performed for a packed house last night at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in sunny Naples. (Photo: Michel Fortier)

The crowd gives a well-deserved standing ovation to our musicians. Florida truly embraced us during this week-long tour. (Photo: Michel Fortier)

February 08, 2013

February 8: Practicing, Performances, and ... Pythons?

Miami and Naples, February 8 - Last night's concert in Miami--our first-ever at the Adrienne Arsht Center--was an absolutely magical experience. It is difficult to describe in words the sound that echos throughout each hall we have visited.

February 07, 2013

February 7: Over 100 Years Old and Still Experiencing Firsts!

Miami, February 7 - Day four of our week-long Florida trip and we're now in Miami, also known as the "Magic City." However, we're pretty sure we have experienced some magic already these past few days! It has been a whirlwind week but we have had the privilege of meeting some amazing fans, while visiting with old friends, and enjoying some truly one-of-a kind concert experiences with Maestro Frühbeck and André Watts.

February 06, 2013

February 6: The Kravis Center Gives Us a Warm, Philadelphia Welcome

West Palm Beach, February 6 - We received a warm welcome from the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts when our bus pulled up before rehearsal this morning.

February 05, 2013

February 5: All in a Day's Work--Coaching Young Musicians by Day, Performing to Packed Houses by Night

West Palm Beach, February 5: After arriving in Florida less than 24 hours ago, our musicians are already hard at work doing one of the things they do best—coaching young musicians. Earlier today, violinists Daniel Han and Paul Arnold, violist Rachel Ku, cellist Gloria de Pasquale, and double bassist Rob Kesselman paid a visit to the Palm Beach Public School Strings Program.

February 04, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Heads to Florida!

The Orchestra anxiously awaits takeoff as they prepare to embark on a week-long tour through the Sunshine State.

And they're off!

This morning, the Orchestra headed to the Philadelphia International Airport to embark on a five-concert, multi-city, week-long tour of Florida with guest conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

February 01, 2013

Rita Bucca - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Series of Donor and Patron Profiles

Drexel University senior Rita Bucca loves all kinds of music. Taking Back Sunday, an indie rock band from New York, pop-rock sensation Panic at the Disco, and Philadelphia-based punk band Valencia are among her favorites. Also at the top of her list? Vivaldi, Bach, violinist Joshua Bell, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

February 01, 2013

David Bilger - Behind the Scenes

David Bilger Principal Trumpet

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? Waukesha, Wisconsin.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.