February 2015

February 24, 2015

Jennifer Higdon on LiveNote and the Curtis Connection

Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon took the stage at The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free College Concert last fall to make an unusual request: Please turn your cell phones ON. Her immensely popular blue cathedral was on the program that night as the Orchestra road tested its new LiveNote app, which provides real-time program notes for smart phones and tablets. And her Pulitzer Prize-winning Violin Concerto is part of the latest LiveNote Nights Concert on February 25. Higdon’s a fan of the technology.

February 13, 2015

Valentine’s Day: “If music be the food of love, play on!”

Who are we to argue with the Bard? Especially when the players are those hopeless romantics, The Philadelphia Orchestra; the conductor is Stéphane Denève, a Frenchman (and therefore an expert in romance); the musical selections are heart-warming; they’re accompanied by members of the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre acting out some of Shakespeare’s most famous musings on love … and, it’s Valentine’s Day!

 

February 10, 2015

Friends Old and New: The Philadelphia Orchestra Triumphs Again in China

Judging by the audience response, the Pearl River Delta Residency was a smashing success. Over the past week, as part of the Orchestra’s ongoing strategic partnership with China, musicians from the ensemble led by Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman delighted music-lovers from Hong Kong to Macao to Shenzhen.

February 06, 2015

The Orchestra’s China Residency Resonates with Ode to Humanity

Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Macao Orchestra, and the Shenzhen Symphony and Chorus perform Ode to Humanity at the Venetian Macao, led by Lio Kuokman.

February 06, 2015

On the Road: Pictures from Paul Arnold, Our Man in China

With the Orchestra’s Pearl River Delta Residency Week well underway, we thought you’d enjoy these stunning photographs, taken by none other than our multi-talented second violinist Paul Arnold.

February 05, 2015

An Exploration of the Philadelphia Sound - The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces its 2015-16 Season

The inimitable Philadelphia Sound! We all know it and love it. For over 100 years it has captivated audiences around the globe and attracted the world’s most accomplished composers, soloists, and guest conductors—from Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, and Stravinsky to James Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, and John Williams. And in the 2015-16 season it will be center stage as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in his fourth year as music director, leads the Philadelphians on a journey through works that have helped make that Sound so famous.

February 04, 2015

Dan Ahearn, Jr. - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

Everyone profiled on this page has a great “first time at the Orchestra” story, but Dan Ahearn, Jr.—who’s been managing the Box Office since the Kimmel Center opened in 2001—has an especially good one. He was about nine or 10 years old, attending one of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Family Concerts with two of his younger brothers, when they got in a bit of trouble.

February 04, 2015

Robert Cafaro - 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? In New York City.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? All of the unaccompanied cello suites by J.S. Bach.What is your most treasured possession? 

February 03, 2015

A Return to China: The Orchestra Marks the Year of the Sheep with Musical Friends

What better way to cap off a year of in-depth cultural exchange than with a weeklong residency in China’s Pearl River Delta region. Starting on Tuesday, February 3, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra join in a series of events in Macao, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. Focused on people-to-people exchange, the 2015 residency features master classes, pop-up concerts, community events, and a first-of-its-kind collaboration concert among members of the Philadelphia, Macao, and Shenzhen orchestra, performing at the Venetian Macao’s Venetian Theatre.