March 2017

March 28, 2017

Pat Metheny and the American Beat, Part III: A Joyous Soundscape

Chris Deviney says fans of Pat Metheny’s jazz guitar and lovers of The Philadelphia Orchestra may have more in common than they think. He’s predicting both groups will love Imaginary Day, Duo Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra, his arrangement of three Metheny jazz tunes, premiering at Verizon Hall March 30, 31, and April 1. But for those unfamiliar with the guitarist’s work, what’s the Concerto going to sound like?

March 23, 2017

Pat Metheny and the American Beat, Part II: The Long Road to Verizon Hall

How does an idea like Chris Deviney’s, taking three jazz tunes by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays and arranging them for symphony orchestra, make it to the concert hall? (His Imaginary Day, Duo Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra, an arrangement of Metheny and Mays’s music, has its world premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall on March 30, 31, and April 1).

Very slowly, as it happens.

March 21, 2017

Pat Metheny and the American Beat, Part I: Jazz Guitar as Classical Muse

Jazz and classical music aren’t exactly strangers. Ravel, Stravinsky, Copland, and Bernstein among many others were inspired by jazz. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was commissioned for a “jazz meets the classics” concert. Stravinsky wrote his Ebony Concerto for Woody Herman (it was later recorded by Benny Goodman).

Christopher Deviney. Photo by Jessica Griffin

March 01, 2017

Voices of a City: The Orchestra’s 2017-18 Season Presents an Abundance of Variety

The way to have good ideas, as Nobel Prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling used to say, is to have lots of ideas. In recent years The Philadelphia Orchestra has dramatically increased the range and scope of its activities both locally and globally, and the 2017-18 season just announced underscores an ever-expanding breadth of vision that reflects the Orchestra’s storied legacy, its ongoing commitment to deep community involvement, and its role as a global ambassador for the arts.

March 01, 2017

Yayoi Numazawa - 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? I was born in Tokyo, Japan.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Bach solo sonatas and partitas.

What is your most treasured possession? My shoe collection.

March 01, 2017

Gregg Whiteside: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

In his rich, immediately recognizable baritone, Gregg Whiteside insists he never had any intention of being a radio broadcaster, let alone the voice of The Philadelphia Orchestra (the first orchestra with a commercially-sponsored national radio series, starting in 1929).