September 2015

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September 29, 2015

Barbara Govatos - 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 Wilmington, Delaware.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Strauss’s Don Juan and Bartók’s Divertimento for strings.

September 29, 2015

The Keeper of the Sound - As He Begins his Fourth Season as Music Director, Yannick Talks about the Philadelphia Sound

It’s a concept that’s so familiar to fans of The Philadelphia Orchestra it seems to need no explanation: the Philadelphia Sound. Born under the legendary Leopold Stokowski, burnished under the equally legendary Eugene Ormandy, the Sound has been part of the orchestral landscape for generations, acknowledged and enjoyed in Philadelphia and in concert halls literally around the globe.

Photo by Jessica Griffin

September 29, 2015

A Season of the Sound

With all the excitement surrounding the papal visit, and the Orchestra’s starring role in it, you might forget that the 2015-16 season is about to begin. But it is, kicking off with a bang on September 30 with the Opening Night Concert and Gala at the Kimmel Center. This fourth season under Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is highlighting the legendary Philadelphia Sound, lauded for a century, and very much alive today.

September 28, 2015

Rachmaninoff on Philadelphia: “The Finest Orchestral Combination in the World”

When Yannick and The Philadelphia Orchestra take the stage for the first subscription series of the 2015-16 season, Rachmaninoff will be on the program. And if you’re in the audience, you may feel the spirit of the composer himself in Verizon Hall. Rachmaninoff had a profound and prolific relationship with the Orchestra: He loved the Orchestra, performed with the Orchestra, and, most abidingly, wrote for and recorded with the Orchestra.

September 28, 2015

The Orchestra Performs for Pope Francis - Part 2

Yannick and the Orchestra provided music for the final Mass of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States on September 27, before an estimated crowd of 860,000 people on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Not only did they provide the liturgical music during the service, but they also performed a selection of works as a prelude and a postlude.

September 27, 2015

The Orchestra Performs for Pope Francis - Part I

"Thank you to those of you who gladdened us with your art, with the beauty which is the path that leads to God. Beauty leads us to God."--Pope Francis, during the Festival of Families Concert.

Yannick and the Fabulous Philadelphians played for Pope Francis and a crowd in the hundreds of thousands during the Festival of Families Concert on Saturday, September 26, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

September 24, 2015

Watch The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Festival of Families Concert and the Papal Mass

To view the Orchestra’s participation in the Festival of Families Concert on Saturday, September 26, and the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27, please see below, where you can stream both events live. The Saturday concert is scheduled to run from 5:30 PM until 9:45 PM, with the Orchestra appearing from approximately 7:30 PM to the end. On Sunday, the Mass begins at 4 PM with the Orchestra performing prelude music at 3 PM, music throughout the Mass, and postlude music beginning at approximately 6:10 PM.

September 23, 2015

The Secular Side of the Papal Visit

It’s going to be quite a weekend for The Philadelphia Orchestra. On Sunday, September 27, they’ll provide the musical accompaniment for a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. A solemn assignment to be sure. But the day before, the Orchestra’s crowd-pleasing chops will be on display on a massive stage, treating a huge crowd, both on the Parkway and watching around the world, to their unmatched musicianship. They’ll be teaming up with beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Colombian superstar Juanes, and the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, led by J. Donald Dumpson.

September 21, 2015

Performing for Pope Francis and the World: A Moment in History for The Philadelphia Orchestra

As we count down to Pope Francis’s arrival in Philadelphia, and the Orchestra’s two appearances this weekend, take some time and listen to President and CEO Allison Vulgamore talk with WRTI’s Susan Lewis about the Orchestra’s role and what they will perform.

Listen here.

Allison Vulgamore with Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput in Rome this past June.

September 17, 2015

Francis in Philadelphia: The Sacred Roots of Classical Music

The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia is of course a celebration, but its centerpiece is the heart of Catholic practice: a Mass (to be celebrated on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, September 27).

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