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October 19, 2012

Getting ready for the 2012-13 season - Associate Principal Timpani and section percussionist Angela Zator Nelson

Angela Zator Nelson, associate principal timpani and section percussion, shows how she gets the sounds she wants from a timpani with mallets she makes herself. You can read the full Newsworks article and view WHYY's other musician profiles in this series below:

Acting Associate Principal Cello Yumi Kendall

October 19, 2012

Greetings from Shanghai!

Hello from China, where I am presenting a new harp concerto with Tan Dun for the Shanghai International Arts Festival. This is not a conventional work and has the potential to globally galvanize women. Tan Dun has preserved yet another musical tapestry of his culture by sharing an ancient women’s secret language through the voice of the harp. From a remote village in his Hunan home, Tan Dun bonded with the last remaining women who practice this secret code, nüshu—“women’s writing”—a simplified Chinese script used exclusively among women, developed during a time in China when women lacked the same access to education as men. Messages written in nüshu along the folds of a secret fan or embroidered in cloth were the only means for a woman to communicate to her sisters. Through the feminine form of the harp this women’s secret society will be revealed.

October 18, 2012

Getting ready for the 2012-13 season - Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams

In this WHYY/Newsworks interview, Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams talks about the driving force behind oboes: the reed! Watch the video above to find out more, and then read the full article right here.

You can also view other musician profiles in this Newsworks series below:

October 18, 2012

Getting ready for the 2012-13 season - Acting Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn

Acting Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn was recently interviewed by WHYY to see how he's getting ready for the Orchestra's 2012-13 season. How does he, you ask? Find out by watching the video above, and then read the full story right here.

October 17, 2012

Back Again

Yannick speaks with Orchestra staff and volunteers who have welcomed him to the Kimmel Center for his first day of rehearsal as music director. Photo by Pete Checchia  
October 11, 2012

Special update from our college student correspondent

Welcome to the 2012-13 season at The Philadelphia Orchestra!  

My name is Amalya Lehmann and I am a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying musicology, cognitive science, and violin. I try to attend Philadelphia Orchestra concerts weekly, and write about eZseatU and the Orchestra's season from a college student's perspective. Today’s post is on an event that’s hopefully already on your radar!

October 03, 2012

David Kim - Behind the Scenes

David Kim Concertmaster

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? Carbondale, IL. My parents were grad students at the time at Southern Illinois University.

September 28, 2012

Scout, Snap, and Score! Contest

Take a photo and enter to win a pair of tickets to Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s opening weekend debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra, October 19-21!
August 22, 2012

Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Week Three in Review

8/15/12, Saratoga Springs: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and the Orchestra begin their SPAC rehearsal with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

August 10, 2012

Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Week Two in Review

8/8/12, Saratoga Springs: Yannick greets the Orchestra before they start their first rehearsal together at SPAC.