November 2013

November 27, 2013

Richard Egarr Answers Our Questions

Since being appointed music director of the Academy of Ancient Music in 2006, Richard Egarr has directed that orchestra in concerts around the world and in a number of acclaimed recordings. He also often performs with non-period orchestras, but until this weekend has never conducted The Philadelphia Orchestra. We asked him five questions in anticipation of his appearance.

November 22, 2013

With Heavy Hearts, Maestro Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra Honored President Kennedy

It was a typical Philadelphia Orchestra program on Friday, November 22, 1963.

Before taking the stage of the Academy of Music at 2 PM, however, the musicians had been told that President Kennedy had been shot—but nothing further was known.

And so Maestro Eugene Ormandy and the Orchestra launched into Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Alerted by an offstage signal, Ormandy halted the performance. The Orchestra manager informed the audience of the awful news. The president had been assassinated.

November 06, 2013

Elizabeth Hainen - Behind the Scenes

Elizabeth Hainen Principal Harp

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? Toledo, Ohio.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.

November 06, 2013

Claudia and Richard Bladerston - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Series of Donor and Patron Profiles

Don’t ask Claudia Balderston about her first encounter with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The Philadelphians have been in her world for so long, she can’t recall life without them. “I don’t remember!” she insists. “The Orchestra has always been a part of our lives. We’ve been subscription holders forever.”

November 01, 2013

Premiere Performances: Standing Ovations for Three New Works Showcasing the Fabulous Philadelphia Sound

Even as the last sounds of Tan Dun’s Nu Shu were reverberating through Verizon Hall, the audience was on its feet. “The response blew me away,” says Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen, who had just given the American premiere of Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, Symphony for Microfilms, Harp, and Orchestra, which the composer wrote specifically for her. “It was such a rush for me and it was actually incredibly emotional. I just never know what this piece is going to do to me. We played it in Shanghai and I got emotional there but this was such a homecoming … such wonderful support from my colleagues and Yannick. What a fantastic experience.”