“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life,” Thomas Jefferson wrote some 250 years ago. Much later, James Thurber would call the city “a vast university of art, literature and music … a post-graduate course in Everything.” Novelist Laurence Durrell marveled at “the restless metaphysical curiosity, the tenderness of good living and the passionate individualism.”
For all 54 years of their marriage, music filled the Bryn Mawr home and lives of George Hermann and his late wife, Myrl.
Now, thanks to George’s generous gift to the Orchestra of Myrl’s beloved C.G. Testore violin, circa 1700, they will be contributing to the fabled Philadelphia Sound in concerts at the Kimmel Center, across the United States, and around the world.
In 2015 President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that 2016 would be U.S.-China Tourism Year—and The Philadelphia Orchestra played a major role in its Closing Ceremony, which took place Sunday, November 20, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. In recognition of the Orchestra's rich and deep history of pioneering cultural diplomatic initiatives globally—dating back to its first trip to China at the request of President Nixon in 1973, the first visit to the country by an American orchestra—the Chinese and U.S.
One of the great things about talking to conductors is that sooner or later they’ll start singing. The other day, Gianandrea Noseda was discussing his upcoming concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra (November 25-27 in Verizon Hall; for tickets and more information click here). The program concludes with Beethoven’s beloved “Pastoral” Symphony and we asked Noseda to describe the essence of this great work.
Lace up your skates, cue Waldteufel’s “The Skaters’” Waltz, and get ready to hit the ice with The Philadelphia Orchestra. All winter long the Orchestra presents “Symphony Sundays” at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park.
Lisa Yakulis, the new president of the Orchestra Volunteer Committees, may hail from Wisconsin, but she’s a lifelong Philadelphia Orchestra fan. Her first experience hearing the Philadelphians live—when she was a college student in the ’80s, and the Orchestra was still playing in the Academy of Music—was unforgettable.
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