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October 31, 2017

Join the “Experience”: The Philadelphia Orchestra Unveils its “Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience”

Sometimes, according to Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, there are two orchestras playing at once in Verizon Hall: The Philadelphia Orchestra, of course, and the huge pipe organ that dominates the stage. That concept is behind the “Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience,” recently created thanks to a five-million-dollar gift from the Wyncote Foundation.

October 31, 2017

Nathaniel West - 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 Chicago, but grew up mostly in Columbus, OH.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Just about any piece by Bach.

October 30, 2017

Gail Ehrlich: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

Gail Ehrlich doesn’t just hear The Philadelphia Orchestra. She feels it.

“Trained as a classical ballerina in my youth, I feel the joy of music not only in my heart and soul but in my joints and limbs,” she says.

October 09, 2017

A HEAR Week with HEART

“I am just so excited that we got to be a ‘typical’ family for a few hours! It was an amazing gift. Your generosity was healing for our family!”

October 09, 2017

What Does Democracy Sound Like?

There was no better day to capture the sounds of democracy in action than on Constitution Day 2017, the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Composer Tod Machover visited the National Constitution Center to explore the spirit of the city through this exciting celebration. 

The visit will inspire and become part of Machover’s crowd-sourced symphony, Philadelphia Voices, which will be given its world premiere in Verizon Hall this spring with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and a choir of community voices from throughout the city.

October 09, 2017

Love Notes for Lenny

What is your favorite Leonard Bernstein piece? What is your first memory of hearing his music? What does his music mean to you? In celebration of the Bernstein centenary, and to capture the impact of his music, The Philadelphia Orchestra invites you to share your “Love Notes for Lenny.” 

Yannick kicked off this effort with his own personal anecdote. 

September 19, 2017

Bernstein at 100: What’s old becomes new, once again

Throughout history, the artists who nudge things forward are the “synthesizers,” the ones who bring together seemingly disparate styles to form something startlingly new. In music, Mozart fused styles he absorbed during his early travels through Italy, France, England, and German-speaking lands. Later, the Beatles gathered elements of postwar restlessness, American blues, and (thanks to the symphonically trained George Martin) classical traditions to create sounds we’d never heard before.

September 19, 2017

Yu-Ting Chen - 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 Taipei, Taiwan.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Sibelius’s Violin Concerto.

What is your most treasured possession? My violin case.

September 19, 2017

Farewell--And Thanks!

This past August flutist Loren Lind and Stage Personnel Manager Edward Barnes retired from the Orchestra. We send them our gratitude and best wishes for the future. 

August 30, 2017

Getting to know: The Philadelphia Orchestra’s newest musicians!

We recently announced four new musicians who will be joining the roster in the 2017-18 season. Since you will be seeing them on stage and around town, here are some fun facts so you can get to know each of them! And visit our Orchestra roster page to read their full biographies. 

 

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