“Wow.” That’s how Stephanie Brandow, newly-named president of the Volunteer Committees for The Philadelphia Orchestra, describes her first time hearing the Orchestra. “It was remarkable—like going to Disneyland for the first time.”
On Thanksgiving Day we encourage you to tune into Princeton, New Jersey’s WPRB 103.3 FM, when hosts Teri Noel Towe and Orchestra Board Member Mike Cone present 12 continuous hours of Philadelphia Orchestra recordings made between 1927 and 2012. This Orchestra programming marathon begins right at 6 AM and finishes at 6 PM—just in time for dinner!
As you may very well know by now, the Orchestra's 2012-13 season is special in more ways than one. Of course, we officially welcomed to Philadelphia our new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who conducted a successful Opening Weekend and second week of concerts with our incredible musicians. This weekend's concerts continue the celebration of another famous conductor in the Orchestra's history: Leopold Stokowski.
This week The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a series of concerts that, in part, are re-creations of a pair of concerts given by Leopold Stokowski and the Orchestra in December 1935. On the program this week are two pieces that Stokowski and the Orchestra performed on December 27 and 28, 1935: César Franck’s Symphony in D minor and Francis Poulenc’s Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra.
10/18/12, Philadelphia: (From left) Marguerite Lenfest, Gerry Lenfest, Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore, and Don Fox in the Kimmel Center prior to the Orchestra's 2012 Opening Night performance. Photo: Jessica Griffin
What makes a Philadelphia Orchestra performance special? The legendary "Philadelphia Sound," for one, but for our musicians it can also be the concert dress that them add extra shine or depth to their personal concert experience. That's exactly what Acting Associate Principal Cello Yumi Kendall highlights in this Newsworks profile--read her full story on the Newsworks website, and see how other Orchestra musicians are preparing for the 2012-13 season:
In addition to holding the position of principal bassoon with the Orchestra, Daniel Matsukawa teaches at Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music. With little downtime and a need to warm up his instrument on the fly, he's come up with a cool way of "killing five birds with one stone." Watch the video above to find out how, read the full Newsworks story for more, and see how other Orchestra musicians are getting ready for the 2012-13 season:
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