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January 02, 2018

A Tribute Concert Fit for a King

For the 28th year, The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform its annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert on Monday, January 15, at 1:30 PM at Girard College Chapel. The concert, sponsored by PECO, is the culminating event of Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the country. First presented in 1991, the Tribute Concert reflects the beliefs and convictions of the famed civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and combines the traditions of African-American culture and Western classical music. The concert pays tribute to Dr.

December 20, 2017

Farewell to Allison Vulgamore

“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It's about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” – Astronaut Chris Hadfield

December 05, 2017

President and CEO Allison Vulgamore Ends Her Tenure on a High Note

When Allison Vulgamore joined The Philadelphia Orchestra for the second time in her career eight years ago, Philadelphia hoped only for the ensemble’s survival.

December 05, 2017

Jeoung-Yin Kim - 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 Japan, but I grew up in Korea. 

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Bach’s Chaconne.

December 01, 2017

An Excerpt from “Best of British: The Philadelphia Orchestra Transports Us to the British Isles”

Since the earliest migrations of humans to Europe 40,000 years ago, the civilizations of the British Isles have functioned somewhat apart from those of the Continent—the result of geography, climate, and, eventually, temperament. Though little is known of Neolithic cultures, during the last two millennia Romans, Saxons, Vikings, and Normans have joined Celtic peoples to form a singular stew of ethnicities and cultures.

November 06, 2017

A Musician’s Minute

Concertmaster David Kim is the first Philadelphia Orchestra musician in the hot seat for our new series, “A Musician’s Minute.” 

November 06, 2017

The Seasons: Haydn’s “most touching work”

The first piece Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin sang as a boy soprano at the age of 10 was Haydn’s The Seasons. Learn more about why he considers this “one of the most entertaining pieces ever” and one that is perfect for the Thanksgiving season. 

November 06, 2017

Celebrating the Universal Language of Music: China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra Visits Philadelphia

From Chinatown to Center City to Verizon Hall, the beautiful sounds of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra (NCPAO) were heard throughout Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. In town as part of a six-city tour, the NCPAO felt particularly at home in Philadelphia, the city that Li Zhixiang, vice president of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), referred to as “their second home.”

November 03, 2017

Get Glorious this Holiday Season

It is officially (by our standards) Christmas music season! And as of today, we’ve got your listening needs covered.

October 31, 2017

Join the “Experience”: The Philadelphia Orchestra Unveils its “Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience”

Sometimes, according to Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, there are two orchestras playing at once in Verizon Hall: The Philadelphia Orchestra, of course, and the huge pipe organ that dominates the stage. That concept is behind the “Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience,” recently created thanks to a five-million-dollar gift from the Wyncote Foundation.