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We know that now, more than ever, music is an incredibly powerful force for good, for inspiration, and for healing. We've created the Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra to bring music, in video and audio forms, as well as interactive education and enrichment, directly to you.
As so many around the world find new ways to celebrate this holy week—whether over a FaceTime Passover Seder or Zoom Easter worship—we bring you virtual performances that explore music of faith. While we cannot celebrate these holidays as a community, we hope these musical programs provide moments of introspection and hope for the resilience of the human spirit.
The Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra is generously funded, in part, by the William Penn Foundation. LEARN initiatives of the Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra are supported by Wells Fargo.
Every Thursday night at 8 PM ET, we will share a past or previously unreleased Philadelphia Orchestra performance.
What's on this week:
Yannick and BrucknerPerformed in Verizon Hall on January 25, 2013
Yannick Nezét-Séguin conductor
Wagner "Siegfried Idyll" Bruckner Symphony No. 7
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Every Friday and Saturday night at 8 PM ET, we invite you to listen to previously unreleased audio of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts via Listen On Demand.
Friday, April 10, at 8:00 PM
Performed in Verizon Hall on March 28, 2013
Yannick Nezét-Séguin conductorMalin Christensson sopranoKaren Cargill mezzo-sopranoAndrew Staples tenor (Evangelist)Andrew Foster-Williams bass-baritoneLuca Pisaroni bass-baritone (Jesus)Westminster Symphonic ChoirThe American Boychoir
Bach The Passion According to St. Matthew
Saturday, April 11, at 8:00 PM
Performed in Verizon Hall January 24, 2019
Yannick Nezét-Séguin conductorCharlotte Blake Alston speakerNadine Sierra sopranoElizabeth DeShong mezzo-sopranoJohn Osborn tenorKrzysztof Bączyk bassPhiladelphia Symphonic Choir Philadelphia Boys Choir
Bernstein Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”)Rossini Stabat Mater
Please note: This program will be available until April 18, 2020.
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In addition to regularly scheduled Sunday (1 PM ET) and Monday (7 PM ET) programs, broadcast partner WRTI-FM will add an additional weekly Philadelphia Orchestra program to be broadcast Thursdays (7 PM ET on HD-2) and Fridays (1 PM on FM) until June 2020. WRTI’s Gregg Whiteside is producer and host. Information on weekly programming can be found at www.wrti.org/programs/philadelphia-orchestra-concert.
SiriusXM listeners can continue to tune in to Symphony Hall (channel 76 or player.siriusxm.com) every Monday (7 PM ET), Thursday (12 AM ET), and Saturday (6 PM ET) for Philadelphia Orchestra broadcasts.
The Orchestra will continue to expand its offerings on Spotify with musician-curated playlists. Recordings from The Philadelphia Orchestra’s storied recording history can be found on the Orchestra’s Spotify Artist Page, Apple Music, Amazon, IDAGIO, Primephonic, and more.
Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to learn from, and engage with, musicians of the Orchestra through virtual learning opportunities, including panel discussions, master classes, and more.
What's on next:
Panel Discussion: On Tuesday, April 7, at 6:00 PM ET, Assistant Principal Cello Yumi Kendall hosted a panel discussion and Q&A. This week's topic: Working in isolation: Motivation to carry us through the current times and beyond.
Violin Master Class: On Wednesday, April 8, at 1:00 PM ET, Concertmaster David Kim will host a violin master class featuring three students. Standard violin repertoire will be played and then discussed by Mr. Kim and the students.
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Due to rapidly evolving developments, and in accordance with the City of Philadelphia’s recommendation that all large gatherings be suspended to limit community transmission of COVID-19, all scheduled Philadelphia Orchestra rehearsals, performances, and events through May 10, 2020, are cancelled.
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Due to rapidly evolving developments, and in accordance with the City of Philadelphia’s recommendation that all large gatherings be suspended to limit community transmission of COVID-19, all scheduled Philadelphia Orchestra rehearsals, performances, and events through May 10, 2020, are cancelled. Learn more