Hidden from small


Hidden from small

November 2018

November 29, 2018

“Amahl” and the “television opera”: The creation of a rare, important genre

It’s not as if Gian Carlo Menotti sat down one day and said, “I think I’ll invent a new genre today.” Yet with the composition of Amahl and the Night Visitors in 1951 (the Philadelphians perform the work December 13 and 15), that is essentially what he did. Almost unwittingly, the Italian-born American created what has come to be considered the first opera composed for television.

November 29, 2018

Tovey’s Thoughts: A Guest Post on “Amahl and the Night Visitors” from Conductor Bramwell Tovey

Sometime in the early 1960s, when I was age 9 or 10, my father arrived home with an LP recording from a specialist gramophone store in Soho, London. The most memorable tracks on this anonymously recorded disc were Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and the Christmas song Mary’s Boy Child, each performed in slightly syrupy arrangements the style of which we came to associate with America. This was something quite alien to the so-called “sophisticated” world of Kings College Choir, Cambridge, heard then, as now, every Christmas Eve on BBC radio.

November 29, 2018

Beyond the Baton

A Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Photo by Chris Lee

From the December 2018 Playbill

This Month Yannick Talks about Handel’s Messiah.

November 29, 2018

Davyd Booth - 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 Clarksburg, West Virginia.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

What is your most treasured possession? My violin.

November 29, 2018

Matthew Fitzpatrick: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s website touts its Campus Representative program as “a great way to get professional publicity and promotions experience while in college.”

But that’s not why Matthew Fitzpatrick decided to become a campus rep, starting last year. For one thing, the St. Joseph’s University senior is a math major, not a marketer.

November 14, 2018

"Appalachian Spring" Like Never Before

Guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in the full-orchestra version of Aaron Copland’s complete score for Appalachian Spring on November 23 and 24 (more information and tickets can be found here). The following excerpt from an essay in the score written by Aaron Sherber, former music director of the Martha Graham Dance Company, explains the history behind the piece and how this newly completed version of the ballet score came to be.

November 06, 2018

Back to Baroque

French conductor Emmanuelle Haïm makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut November 16-18 with a program of works by two composers who dominated the English musical scene during the Baroque period: Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel. We asked Emmanuelle to describe her program.

November 06, 2018

Some "Perspectives"

Yannick and the Orchestra perform the US premiere of Stacey Brown’s Perspectives November 29-December 1. Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, Stacey began Suzuki piano lessons at the age of five, and studied at the University of Victoria and the University of Montreal. Perspectives was inspired by a sculpture by Canadian composer Michel Longtin.