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August 09, 2012

Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Week One in Review

The Philadelphia Orchestra has performed each August at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) since the Center's founding in 1966. This year marks the Philadelphians’ 47th consecutive residency at Saratoga.

July 27, 2012

July 26 - Free Neighborhood Concert at Curtis Arboretum

7/26/12, Cheltenham: Assistant Conductor Cristian Macelaru leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture. The performance marked the Orchestra’s debut at Curtis Arboretum and also the first 2012 Free Neighborhood Concert of the weekend. Photo by Ryan Donnell

July 17, 2012

July 14 - Rehearsal and concert with Stéphane Denève and soloist Joshua Bell

7/14/12, Vail: Soloist Joshua Bell rehearses Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with guest conductor Stéphane Denève and the Orchestra during the day.

July 13, 2012

July 13 - Rehearsal and concert with Stéphane Denève and soloist Alban Gerhardt

7/13/12, Vail: Soloist Alban Gerhardt rehearses onstage with the Orchestra and guest conductor Stéphane Denève during the day.

July 11, 2012

July 11 - "Wicked Divas!" rehearsal and concert, afternoon percussion demo

7/11/12, Vail: Soloists Stephanie Block and Julia Murney convene at the start of rehearsal on July 11.

July 08, 2012

July 8 - Vail Day 3: Rehearsal and Cirque de la Symphonie Concert

7/8/12, Vail: Assistant Conductor Cristian Macelaru leads the Orchestra in rehearsal on July 8 in Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

July 07, 2012

July 7 - Day two rehearsal and concert with Kirill Gerstein

7/7/12, Vail: Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin thanks the Orchestra just before the start of rehearsal for their patience and persistence during the July 6 Opening Night concert, when the performance was postponed due to rain.

July 07, 2012

July 6 - First rehearsal and Yannick's conducting debut at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival

7/6/12, Vail: John Giovando, president and executive director of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, welcomes Yannick and the Orchestra to Colorado before the start of their first rehearsal on July 6.  
July 02, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2012 Summer Season

The Philadelphia Orchestra launched the 2012 summer season with a return to its outdoor summer home, the Mann Center for the Performing Artson June 27, 29, and 30; the ensemble performs three additional concerts July 19-21From July 6 to 14 the Orchestra decamps to the Rocky Mountains for its sixth annual residency at the Bravo!

June 28, 2012

Barnes Prequel On The Parkway: The Unbuilt Temple Of Music

"Temple of Music," 1932 artist's rendering. Courtesy of Athenaeum of Philadelphia

With a booming economy about to go into free fall, a monumental new building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is proposed for an important Philadelphia cultural institution, requiring a contentious move from the institution’s beloved long time home. The high profile project has the support of many, though not all, of Philadelphia’s cultural and civic leaders.

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