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April 05, 2017

The Philadelphia Orchestra: Global Cultural Ambassadors at Home in the World

We’ve all heard the expression “Think globally, act locally.” But for The Philadelphia Orchestra in the 21st century, a better version might be “Think AND Act Globally AND Locally.”

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.”

November 01, 2016

Beyond the Stage: A Look at the Orchestra’s New HEAR Initiative

If you’re reading this in Verizon Hall, you’re eagerly looking forward to the glorious sound, the passion, and the excellent musicianship for which The Philadelphia Orchestra is justly famous.

January 19, 2016

“A Collection of Everything that’s Great in Music … without Boundaries”

The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces its 2016-17 Season

Photo by Chris Lee

That’s how Yannick Nézet-Séguin describes The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2016-17 season, his fifth at the helm of the Fabulous Philadelphians. A bold statement to be sure, but as Will Rogers (among others) once said, “It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.” And boy can he! Consider the following:

September 29, 2015

The Keeper of the Sound - As He Begins his Fourth Season as Music Director, Yannick Talks about the Philadelphia Sound

It’s a concept that’s so familiar to fans of The Philadelphia Orchestra it seems to need no explanation: the Philadelphia Sound. Born under the legendary Leopold Stokowski, burnished under the equally legendary Eugene Ormandy, the Sound has been part of the orchestral landscape for generations, acknowledged and enjoyed in Philadelphia and in concert halls literally around the globe.

Photo by Jessica Griffin

April 02, 2015

Let’s Go Hear a Movie

If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you’re settled into a comfortable seat in Verizon Hall about to enjoy a superb live orchestral concert by the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra! While we may think of orchestral music only in terms of live performances in acoustically tuned halls, the sound of orchestral instruments is perhaps more ubiquitous outside the concert hall than we realize. Audiences worldwide hear symphonic music every day: And they’re not even sitting in a concert hall!