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October 12, 2018

ListeningLAB: In the Spirit of Albert Barnes’s “Ensembles”

“Time present and time past

Are both perhaps present in time future…”

—T.S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton” from Four Quartets

SoundLAB presents two contemporary chamber concerts on October 16 and 18 as guest ensemble in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Barnes/Stokowski Festival. The Festival is in celebration of Maestro Leopold Stokowski and Dr. Albert Barnes, two neighbors, art lovers, and innovators who had a lasting and indelible imprint on the artistic climate of Philadelphia and contemporary music’s home there.

October 01, 2018

Albert Barnes and Leopold Stokowski: Titans of Philadelphia Arts and Culture

Albert Barnes and Leopold Stokowski had a complex relationship, characterized at times by warmth and mutual respect, and at other times by disagreement and contentiousness. The businessman-turned-art collector and educator and the longtime Philadelphia Orchestra music director were titans of arts and culture in early-20th-century Philadelphia, forward-thinking visionaries who molded their respective institutions into world-renowned organizations.

October 01, 2018

A Tale of Two Innovators: The Barnes/Stokowski Festival

Courage in the art world and on the concert stage means taking risks. The Barnes/Stokowski Festival celebrates the innovations of two men who took risks, supported living artists, and gave greater access to the arts because they believed in the power of art to communicate.

October 01, 2018

Barnes, Stokowski, and Matisse: Music, Dance, and Painting

In 1911, Dr. Albert Coombs Barnes, 41, who had made a fortune from his co-invention of the antiseptic Argyrol, was intently investigating art and its use as an educational tool when he decided to reconnect with his public high school buddy William Glackens. Albert and William had played baseball and studied drawing together while attending Philadelphia’s prestigious Central High School, but had gone separate ways after graduation.

September 10, 2018

A Labor of Love

When introducing her work, Above Lighta Conversation with Tōru Takemitsu, Xi Wang described hearing her music as “seeing my own child.” The development of a composition is indeed a labor of love, and the Showcase for Works by Women Composers, held by The Philadelphia Orchestra on September 6, provided an opportunity for Wang and five other composers to see their pieces come to life in a collaborative working session.

September 04, 2018

Writing the Next Illustrious Chapter: An Interview with Matías Tarnopolsky

Ask Matías Tarnopolsky why he came to Philadelphia as the Orchestra’s new president and CEO, and he’s off and running, presto and molto espressivo.

 

Matías Tarnopolsky (far left) with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Board Chairman Richard B. Worley. Photo: Jessica Griffin

September 04, 2018

Joseph and Lynn Manko to Receive Philadelphia Orchestra Award

At the 2018 Opening Night Concert, The Philadelphia Orchestra Award will be presented to Joseph M. Manko, Sr., and the late Lynn K. Manko for their outstanding volunteer leadership, philanthropy, and advocacy in support of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The Award is given by the Board of Directors to one or more persons in the Orchestra family of Board members, volunteers, musicians, staff, and friends, or to an organization that has made exemplary contributions to The Philadelphia Orchestra Association.

August 06, 2018

A Tribute to H.F. Gerry Lenfest

Just as H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest was a generous philanthropist and inspirational leader to so many important nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia, so was he, too, to The Philadelphia Orchestra. He and his lovely wife, Marguerite, were long-term subscribers to the Orchestra, regularly attending concerts and special events at the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center.

August 02, 2018

Hymn for the World: Hannibal’s Journey as Music Alive Composer-in-Residence

As much as Hannibal Lokumbe is a composer, one might define him more as a translator. He probes into the human experience and shares profound truths through his music and poetry. He searches into the past, specifically that of the African-American experience, and brings the stories he finds into the present. He serves as the conduit for personal stories and brings healing in places with little hope.

July 09, 2018

Steve Reineke on Conducting Film Scores

This summer, The Philadelphia Orchestra goes to the movies, performing the scores to five unforgettable films with equally as memorable scores.

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