November 2014

November 26, 2014

Giving and Receiving: The Philadelphia Orchestra Performs a Free Concert for Giving Tuesday

In the spirit of the season, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin give back to the Philadelphia community and their supporters with a FREE Concert for Giving Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30 PM at the Kimmel Center.

November 17, 2014

Kang and Morales are Set to Solo

First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang and Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales. Two different musicians, two different instruments. As each prepares for solo turns with the Orchestra in the coming weeks, they face the same challenge: fitting practice time in among the demands of raising young children.

Kang, the mother of two daughters, eight and three, always finds time to squeeze in practice. But Mondays, when the Orchestra doesn’t rehearse and her children are in school, she can practice hours without interruption.

November 10, 2014

André Watts Had More Than Piano Lessons

André Watts learned early on the importance of fortitude.

The German-born, Philadelphia-raised pianist had learned the Haydn D-major Concerto so he could compete to perform in the Orchestra’s Children’s Concerts. A prodigy he may have been, but he was still a nine-year-old kid. “I didn’t know anything about the illustrious history of The Philadelphia Orchestra or the reputation connected to it. I was doing what my mother and teacher told me to do,” he said.

November 06, 2014

Yannick’s Vision of 40/40

40/40 is the signature project of Yannick’s third season as music director. The season-long theme presents 40 pieces of repertoire—from Mozart to Nico Muhly—that have not been heard on subscription concerts in at least the last 40 years. Vice President for Artistic Planning Jeremy Rothman shares the genesis of this idea and how the final works were selected.

November 06, 2014

Juliette Kang - Behind the Scenes

Juliette Kang First Associate Concertmaster

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 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Anything by Mozart in E-flat major.

November 06, 2014

Tom Kerrigan - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

If you’re a regular at Orchestra concerts, you have certainly seen Tom Kerrigan. He’s the friendly guy in the black tuxedo—formal even on Saturday mornings—standing under the Kimmel Center’s glass dome outside the entrances to Verizon Hall, directing traffic around Commonwealth Plaza, addressing ticket issues, making sure everything runs smoothly.

November 05, 2014

The Power of a Global Brand

What does it mean to be a global brand? The power of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s long-term strategic partnership with China will be vividly on display starting Thursday, when China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Orchestra comes to the City of Brotherly Love as part of its first-ever tour of North America. 

Other stops include Chicago, Washington, New York, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. But Philadelphia is the unquestioned highlight of the tour.