January 2017

January 31, 2017

Celebrating Rachmaninoff: The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents a Rachmaninoff Festival this April

Long before Stéphane Denève began nurturing dreams of a career on the podium, let alone becoming The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor, he was an aspiring pianist, living in northern France and tuning in to Belgian television to watch the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition.

January 31, 2017

Top Notes: Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi Has a “Secret Passion” … Perfume!

It’s hard to believe that world-class conductors have time for anything but music.

January 31, 2017

Nitzan Haroz - 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.

Nitzan Haroz holds the Neubauer Family Foundation Chair.

January 19, 2017

Harold in Italy: A Musical Journey for Viola

Just as it can be difficult to categorize the viola (a big violin? a small cello?), it’s hard to label Berlioz’s viola showcase Harold in Italy. “It’s more of a symphony than a concerto for sure,” says Principal Viola Choong-Jin (C.J.) Chang. “But it’s just great music, period!”

January 04, 2017

With a Little Help from Our Friends: the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music

Sure, the concerts are incredible. But wouldn’t it be great if, after a wonderful evening with The Philadelphia Orchestra, you could hang out with some of the musicians? Mitch Ginsburg gets to do that, several times a year. “It’s been really great to get to know them on a personal level, to talk about the concert, and their lives as musicians. We might not necessarily always talk about Orchestra stuff. Just the other night, I was speaking with [trumpeter] Tony Prisk about Star Wars toy collections from when we were kids! It makes you feel connected on a very personal level.”

January 03, 2017

Daniel Matsukawa - 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.

Daniel Matsukawa holds the Richard M. Klein Chair.

Where were you born? I was born in Argentina. 

January 03, 2017

Ken Hutchins: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

“The whole experience has been, to me, life-transforming.”

January 03, 2017

An Aria for Bassoon: Daniel Matsukawa Performs the Mozart Bassoon Concerto

We don’t usually think of the bassoon as a solo instrument, basking in the spotlight like a violin or piano. But believe it or not, Mozart wrote his very first wind concerto for the bassoon, in 1774, when he was just 18 years old. The piece has since become the bedrock of the bassoon repertoire (and an audition hurdle for all aspiring symphony bassoonists).