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April 25, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia Join Forces for Richard Strauss's Salome

Calling all opera lovers! The Orchestra is collaborating for the first time with Opera Philadelphia on a theatrically-inspired co-production of Richard Strauss’s compelling and provocative masterpiece, Salome. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead both performances, on Thursday, May 8, and Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. The performances of Salome are made possible in part by a generous gift from the Wyncote Foundation.

April 04, 2013

Holly Blake - Behind the Scenes

Holly Blake Contrabassoon

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? Philadelphia, PA.

April 04, 2013

Kristen Phillips and Matt Schreck - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Series of Donor and Patron Profiles

When Yannick Nézet-Séguin made his first subscription concert appearances as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra—leading performances of Verdi’s Requiem—the ovations were resounding. Raves poured in. When he led the work the following week for his Carnegie Hall debut, the New York Times described it as “a heaven-storming performance” that had “thoroughly … won over the audience.” The critics weren’t the only ones impressed. 

March 11, 2013

1929 Philadelphia Orchestra Radio Broadcast of The Rite of Spring

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s rich history with Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) has been well-documented. The Orchestra gave the American premiere of the concert version of the groundbreaking piece in 1922 and of the full staged ballet version in 1930, both under its legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski. Stokowski and the Orchestra also made one of the earliest recordings of the piece, in 1929.

March 01, 2013

Elizabeth Kannon - A Gift from the Heart

Eleven-year-old Elizabeth Kannon is already a patron of the arts. While most girls her age worry about making friends and fitting in, Elizabeth was more concerned about the challenges facing the Orchestra she loves. So, instead of asking for presents for her November birthday, she asked her friends and family for monetary gifts to give to The Philadelphia Orchestra. And how did that go over? She was able to donate money to the tune of $567 to the Orchestra’s Annual Fund.

March 01, 2013

Christopher Deviney - Behind the Scenes

Christopher Deviney Principal Percussion

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? Chattanooga, Tennessee.

February 22, 2013

Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Rite of Spring

Unidentified April 30, 1930, New York City newspaper clipping showing Martha Graham and two dancers from The Rite of Spring program


February 10, 2013

February 10: Florida Finale

February 10, Sarasota then Home - As the Orchestra prepares for its final performance of the tour, we enjoy a symphonic sunset over Sarasota yesterday evening, before heading to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

February 09, 2013

February 9: Standing O in the Sunshine State

Naples & Sarasota, February 9: A panoramic view of the stage, as the Orchestra performed for a packed house last night at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in sunny Naples. (Photo: Michel Fortier)

The crowd gives a well-deserved standing ovation to our musicians. Florida truly embraced us during this week-long tour. (Photo: Michel Fortier)

February 08, 2013

February 8: Practicing, Performances, and ... Pythons?

Miami and Naples, February 8 - Last night's concert in Miami--our first-ever at the Adrienne Arsht Center--was an absolutely magical experience. It is difficult to describe in words the sound that echos throughout each hall we have visited.