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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).

December 27, 2016

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

If you’re Grammy Award-winning conductor Bramwell Tovey, that’s an easy one: You’re leading The Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall.

Tovey has conducted on New Year’s Eve all over the world, but this weekend’s concert is special for him. “The Philadelphia Orchestra is such a fun group. As well as being one of the great virtuoso orchestras in the world, they are actually really great fun to hang out with.”

December 16, 2016

And a Woman Shall Lead Them: Nathalie Stutzmann's Road to Conducting

Nathalie Stutzmann was so determined to become a conductor, she embarked on a 30-year career as a celebrated globetrotting contralto.

Wait, what?

December 06, 2016

Allison Vulgamore Named a Most Admired CEO for 2016 by Philadelphia Business Journal

In an awards dinner Thursday, December 1, at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, President and CEO Allison Vulgamore was honored as a Most Admired CEO by Philadelphia Business Journal for her leadership and accomplishments at the helm of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, together with her fellow winners, an impressive who’s-who of business leaders representing every sector in the Delaware Valley, from banking to manufacturing to health care to tech.  

November 30, 2016

La Ville Lumière: The Philadelphia Orchestra Honors the French Capital with a Three-week Festival

“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.”

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

November 30, 2016

Socrates Villegas - 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 Coyotepec, Mexico.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? The Overture to The Queen of Spades by Franz von Suppé.

November 30, 2016

Susan Price: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

November 29, 2016

Orchestra Thankful on Giving Tuesday for George Hermann’s Gift of Sound

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.

November 22, 2016

Orchestra Performs at Closing Ceremony of U.S.-China Tourism Year

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.

November 17, 2016

In Good Company: Beethoven, Ravel, Petrassi, and Noseda

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.

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