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PreConcert Conversations

Beginning one hour before every Philadelphia Orchestra subscription concert, a special PreConcert Conversation gives you insights into the music and music-makers you will hear on the program. PreConcert Conversations are free to all ticket holders and include informal interviews with renowned guest artists and composers, discussions led by Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians, and behind-the-scenes information. These lively and engaging programs are held in the Rendell Room of the Kimmel Center or in Verizon Hall.

September 26-28, 2014
Davyd Booth
Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

October 8-9, 11, 2014
Roger Wight
Artistic Administrator, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Lio Kuokman
Assistant Conductor, The Philadelphia Orchestra

October 16-18, 2014
Roger Wight
Artistic Administrator, The Philadelphia Orchestra
David Hayes
Music Director, the Philadelphia Singers Chorale

October 23-25, 2014
Roger Wight
Artistic Administrator, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Alina Ibragimova
Violinist (Guest Artist) 

November 6-8, 2014
Frederick Haas, Host
Sean O'Donnell, Organ expert and technician
Peter Richard Conte, Organ Soloist (Thursday)
Paul Jacobs, Organ Soloist (Friday)
Ken Cowan, Organ Soloist (Saturday) 

November 13-15, 2014
Davyd Booth
Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Jakub Hrůša
Music Director of the Prague Philharmonia (Friday and Saturday)

November 21 & 22, 2014
Scott Terrell
Music Director of the Lexington Philharmonic (Friday)

Susanna Mälkki
guest conductor (Saturday)
Roger Wight
Artistic Administrator, The Philadelphia Orchestra (Saturday)

November 28-30, 2014
Paul Arnold
Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

December 4 & 6, 2014
Davyd Booth
Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

December 11-13, 2014
Join us at 7 PM for Organ Preludes in Verizon Hall before the concerts this week featuring organists Michael Stairs and Peter Richard Conte. Organ Preludes will replace PreConcert Conversations December 11, 12, and 13.

January 8-10, 2015
Davyd Booth
Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

January 15-17, 2015
Karl Middleman, Professor of Music Theory at Temple University (Thursday & Saturday)
Lio Kuokman, Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor (Friday)

January 22-23, 2015
Robert Cafaro, Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist

January 28, 30-31, 2015
Paul Arnold, Philadelphia Orchestra Violinist

February 5-7, 2015
David Kim, Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster

February 12-13, 2015
Christopher Gibbs, Professor of Music at Bard College

February 14, 2015
Jeremy Rothman, Philadelphia Orchestra Vice President of Artistic Planning
Carmen Kahn, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre Artistic and Executive Director 

February 20 & 22, 2015
Robin Ticciati, Conductor

February 21, 2015
Please note due to the PlayIN there will be no PreConcert Conversation on February 21. 

February 26-28, 2015
Jennifer Higdon, Composer

March 5, 2015
Please note due to the PlayIN there will be no PreConcert Conversation on March 5. 

March 6-7, 2015
Davyd Booth
Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

March 12-14, 2015
Jorge Federico Osorio, pianist
Scott Terrell, Music Director, Lexington Philharmonic 

March 20-22, 2015
Robert Cafaro, Philadelphia Orchestra cellist
Mei Ching Huang, Philadelphia Orchestra violinist 


Information regarding future 2014-15 PreConcert Conversation hosts will be released at a later date.

*Schedule may be subject to change.

PreConcert Conversations are supported in part by the Wells Fargo Foundation.