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May 07, 2013

At the Academy, the Birth of Wire Transmission of Music

Last week marked the eightieth anniversary of an important milestone in the history of music technology. On April 27, 1933, The Philadelphia Orchestra, in collaboration with Bell Telephone Laboratories, presented a concert from the Academy of Music that was transmitted by telephone wire to a live audience in Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Associate Conductor Alexander Smallens led the Orchestra in Philadelphia while conductor Leopold Stokowski was in Constitution Hall, “at the controls,” manipulating the sound electronically for the Washington audience.

April 25, 2013

Three Young Virtuosos Win 2013 Albert M. Greenfield Competition

Continuing a long tradition of nurturing young musicians, The Philadelphia Orchestra hosted the final auditions of its 2013 Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition on March 26 in Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. The 13 finalists performed in front of an audience of family, friends, and supporters. They competed in three divisions: children's, junior, and senior (comprised of instrumentalists and vocalists). The winners received a monetary award and the opportunity to perform with the orchestra as soloist during the 2013-14 season.

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.