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March 08, 2019

The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Did you know that the Fabulous Philadelphians leave the city every summer for a three-week residency in the "Spa City?" Learn more about our 53-year residency with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and why you should book a trip to hear the Orchestra amidst lush pines trees, sloping lawns, and curative natural springs—all in an acoustically ideal amphitheater designed by Ormandy himself!

March 07, 2019

Past as Present: The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces a Season-long Focus on Equality, Justice, and Magnificent Music

Music communicates and unifies. And its non-verbal elements can transform us in ways that are difficult to articulate.

March 07, 2019

Olivia Staton - 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? Sacramento, California.

March 07, 2019

Adrienne Simpson: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

When Philadelphia Orchestra Board of Directors member Adrienne Simpson says, “My life has been inundated by classical music,” she means it.

Her father, Eugene Thamon Simpson, started out a concert pianist and bass vocalist. While she was growing up in Glassboro, NJ, he was a chorale director and vocal instructor. “He married his favorite soprano!” says Adrienne, laughing.

January 03, 2019

Hannibal’s Oasis of Inspiration

“I love you, babies.”

“We love you, Mr. Hannibal.”

It’s a familiar farewell between students at Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy and Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Hannibal.

Hannibal describes the school, located in Camden, NJ, as an “oasis.” He recently met with members of the jazz band to discuss his new work for The Philadelphia Orchestra, Healing Tones––the text of which they helped to inspire.

January 03, 2019

Schoolhouse Classical: The Philadelphia Orchestra Gives Back

It’s no secret that The Philadelphia Orchestra spends a lot of time away from Verizon Hall. Every summer it heads to the Mann Center, Vail, and Saratoga. There are regular visits to New York’s Carnegie Hall and community concerts around Philadelphia, plus frequent overseas tours.

January 03, 2019

Patrick Williams - 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? Boulder, CO.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.

What is your most treasured possession? My road bike.

January 03, 2019

Jane Kesson: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

"If I didn’t know the facts, I wouldn’t have believed it!”

That’s how Cindi Pasceri describes her reaction to the news that her dear friend, the late Jane Kesson, had donated an astonishing $4.7 million to The Philadelphia Orchestra.

December 21, 2018

"Bugs Bunny at the Symphony": The Philadelphia Connection

Seinfeld, season 4, episode 9: “The Opera”

Exterior. Opera House.

Jerry and Elaine wait outside the opera house, as last-minute patrons rush in to the performance.

ELAINE

“Jerry, we’re going to miss the overture!”

JERRY (Singing)

“Overture, curtain lights! This is it, we’ll hit the heights. And oh what heights we’ll hit! On with the show, this is it!”

ELAINE (after a pause)

November 29, 2018

“Amahl” and the “television opera”: The creation of a rare, important genre

It’s not as if Gian Carlo Menotti sat down one day and said, “I think I’ll invent a new genre today.” Yet with the composition of Amahl and the Night Visitors in 1951 (the Philadelphians perform the work December 13 and 15), that is essentially what he did. Almost unwittingly, the Italian-born American created what has come to be considered the first opera composed for television.

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