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May 23, 2018

2018 Europe and Israel, May 21-22: Philadelphia—Newark—Brussels

Following a highly successful 2015 European tour, The Philadelphia Orchestra embarked on its 2018 Tour of Europe and Israel on May 21. The itinerary in Europe is jam-packed, with eight concerts in six cities, including debut performances at the Jean Nouvel-designed Philharmonie de Paris and the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Other cities on the tour include Brussels, Luxembourg City, Düsseldorf, and Vienna. From there, the Orchestra travels to Israel for performances in Haifa (a Philadelphia Orchestra debut), Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.

May 08, 2018

Free Neighborhood Chamber Concerts Take the Orchestra to New Places

Continuing its work to reach deeper into the communities of Philadelphia, and as part of its ongoing commitment to community service, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra performed three free Neighborhood Chamber Concerts in April and May, featuring ensembles of varying sizes. The three concerts were held at the Museum of the American Revolution in Old City, Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, and Historic Strawberry Mansion in East Fairmount Park; a fourth concert will be held in July at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown.

April 30, 2018

The Director’s Concept for "Tosca"

The Philadelphia Orchestra has enjoyed some milestone moments over the years with “theater-of-a-concert” presentations—unique multimedia and lighting effects and theatrical elements designed to enhance the concert experience. I’ve been involved in bringing this concept to the Orchestra since the beginning, and I look forward to creating a site-specific fusion of Tosca within the Orchestra’s environment.

April 30, 2018

Who’s Who in the "Tosca" Cast

Get to know the international cast of opera stars who will take the stage in this month’s presentation of Puccini’s Tosca.

Jennifer Rowley

Playing the role of: Floria Tosca (the star)

Born in: Cleveland, OH

Three things you should know:

1) She’s got Tosca in her blood, having sung the role at the Metropolitan Opera, Nashville Opera, Finger Lakes Opera, and New Orleans Opera, among others.

April 30, 2018

Note from "Tosca" Stage Director James Alexander

Wikipedia describes Puccini’s Tosca as an opera that “contains depictions of torture, murder, and suicide.” As an opera director and psychotherapist, I find it intriguing that humans largely seem to learn more about our condition, and indeed ourselves, from engaging with, or being fascinated by, tragedy (that which confronts our existential reality and profound emotions) than we do by comedy (that which offers escape from reality).

April 25, 2018

The Countdown Begins!

Tuesday, April 24, marked the one-month countdown to the Orchestra’s first concert of the 2018 Tour of Europe and Israel. To celebrate the occasion, and to highlight the Orchestra’s important role in cultural diplomacy, Wolfgang Waldner, the Ambassador of Austria to the US, and his wife, Gudrun Faudon-Waldner, hosted a special chamber music performance and dinner at their official residence in Washington, DC.

April 03, 2018

An Orchestral "Tosca": The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents Semi-Staged Performances of the Operatic Favorite

May 2, 2018, PLEASE NOTE: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva has regrettably withdrawn from her appearances in Tosca due to a double ear infection. Jennifer Rowley has graciously agreed to appear in these performances.


April 03, 2018

Ernesto Tovar Torres - Behind the Scenes

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? I was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. It’s a small town near the border with McAllen, TX. I grew up in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, until my early teens.

April 03, 2018

Robert Mortensen: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

April 02, 2018

Two Musicians’ Chairs Endowed

The Philadelphia Orchestra recently received extraordinary pledges from two generous donors, Peter Benoliel and Hannah Henderson, to name and endow important chairs in the ensemble. Named, endowed chairs are critical to the artistic excellence of the Orchestra, providing sustained annual income that allows us to recruit and retain the very finest musicians in the world.