April 2015

April 10, 2015

Leonard Bernstein’s MASS Appeal

To say that The Philadelphia Orchestra will “take the stage” starting April 30 for the first of four performances through May 3 of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS doesn’t begin to do these extraordinary concerts justice. After all, as Vice President for Artistic Planning Jeremy Rothman explains, the subtitle is “A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers.” And even that just hints at what’s in store.

Photo: Will Figg

April 02, 2015

Bach’s Monumental St. Matthew Passion

There were many magical moments in Wednesday night’s performance of Bach’s Passion According to St. Matthew, but one in particular stands out. At the end of Part One—after the drama of the Last Supper, after Judas becomes a traitor with a kiss, after Jesus is betrayed and bound—Yannick lowered his hands—normally the signal that it’s OK to clap—but nobody in the hall made a sound, or even took a breath it seemed. Not until soloists and music director quietly walked off stage and the house lights came on did the audience applaud.

April 02, 2015

Let’s Go Hear a Movie

If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you’re settled into a comfortable seat in Verizon Hall about to enjoy a superb live orchestral concert by the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra! While we may think of orchestral music only in terms of live performances in acoustically tuned halls, the sound of orchestral instruments is perhaps more ubiquitous outside the concert hall than we realize. Audiences worldwide hear symphonic music every day: And they’re not even sitting in a concert hall!