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May 27, 2017

2017 Asia, May 27: Shanghai

Today there was a sound check and a concert at the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, home to Shanghai Disney. This was the second year in a row the Orchestra had performed there. Principal Librarian Robert Grossman passes out the music prior to the sound check. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 26, 2017

2017 Asia, May 26: Shanghai

Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore was the keynote speaker at the morning session of an orchestra management seminar held at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 25, 2017

2017 Asia, May 25: Shanghai

The Orchestra’s cargo shipment arrives at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre. Photo by Jan Regan.

It was a free day in Shanghai for most musicians. Bass trombonist Blair Bollinger and cellist Alex Veltman discuss plans to explore their favorite coffee shops. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 24, 2017

2017 Asia, May 23-24: Newark-Shanghai

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra embarked on their 2017 Tour of Asia yesterday. The almost 15-hour flight from Newark International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport was thankfully uneventful and the musicians arrived at their hotel by mid-afternoon, weary but excited.

May 09, 2017

Polished Brass: The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents a Tuba/Euphonium PlayIN

Harold Hill in The Music Man was proud of the 76 trombones in his makeshift marching band. But Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch is aiming much higher for the Tuba/Euphonium PlayIN she’s organized for this Saturday, May 13, at 5 PM in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. She’s hoping for a couple hundred tubas and euphoniums, with maybe a sousaphone or two thrown in for good measure.

May 04, 2017

Principal Second Violin Kimberly Fisher Receives C. Hartman Kuhn Award

A highlight of the end of the Orchestra’s subscription season is the annual ceremony awarding one musician the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, and recognizing musicians who have served in the Orchestra for 25 years or are retiring.

April 26, 2017

It Feels Like Love: Sasha Cooke on Singing (and Keeping It Real)

“This season is something like 27 cities, with totally different pieces, contracts, vocal requirements, stamina. It’s complex!”

Welcome to the whirlwind world of Sasha Cooke. The Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano appears with The Philadelphia Orchestra May 3, 5, and 6 at Verizon Hall and May 9 at Carnegie Hall, in Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”).

April 24, 2017

Close Collaborators: Sergei Rachmaninoff and The Philadelphia Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s exceptionally close, collaborative relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra began in earnest with his second appearance with the ensemble in March 1919. His first appearance had been in November 1909, during his initial three-month tour of America. Following this tour, Rachmaninoff went home to Russia and did not return to the United States for almost 10 years. When he did, it was as an immigrant exile; he and his family had fled the Russian Revolution in 1917 and had come to America to live a year later.

April 17, 2017

Rachmaninoff’s First Performances in Philadelphia

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra occurred in November 1909, during his first American tour. When he set sail for the United States for this tour in the fall of that year, he was 36 years old and already a major star in his native Russia and in many parts of Europe, highly regarded as a pianist, composer, and conductor. Promoters had been trying to lure him to America for several years, but he was reluctant to make the trip and kept putting it off.

April 13, 2017

Medicine’s Loss Is Music’s Gain: An Interview with Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe

The Orchestra’s assistant conductor, Kensho Watanabe, likes to say he grew up with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He fell under its spell shortly after his family moved from their native Japan (where he first picked up a fiddle at age two) to Connecticut. Riding the school bus with his trusty Walkman, he’d listen to the Orchestra’s recording of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony with Riccardo Muti.

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