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December 01, 2017

An Excerpt from “Best of British: The Philadelphia Orchestra Transports Us to the British Isles”

Since the earliest migrations of humans to Europe 40,000 years ago, the civilizations of the British Isles have functioned somewhat apart from those of the Continent—the result of geography, climate, and, eventually, temperament. Though little is known of Neolithic cultures, during the last two millennia Romans, Saxons, Vikings, and Normans have joined Celtic peoples to form a singular stew of ethnicities and cultures.

November 06, 2017

A Musician’s Minute

Concertmaster David Kim is the first Philadelphia Orchestra musician in the hot seat for our new series, “A Musician’s Minute.” 

November 06, 2017

The Seasons: Haydn’s “most touching work”

The first piece Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin sang as a boy soprano at the age of 10 was Haydn’s The Seasons. Learn more about why he considers this “one of the most entertaining pieces ever” and one that is perfect for the Thanksgiving season. 

November 06, 2017

Celebrating the Universal Language of Music: China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra Visits Philadelphia

From Chinatown to Center City to Verizon Hall, the beautiful sounds of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra (NCPAO) were heard throughout Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. In town as part of a six-city tour, the NCPAO felt particularly at home in Philadelphia, the city that Li Zhixiang, vice president of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), referred to as “their second home.”

November 03, 2017

Get Glorious this Holiday Season

It is officially (by our standards) Christmas music season! And as of today, we’ve got your listening needs covered.

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.

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