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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.

July 06, 2018

Congratulations, All-City Orchestra Fellow Seniors!

The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to be the lead artistic partner for the School District of Philadelphia’s All-City Orchestra. In addition to Orchestra musicians conducting the All-City Orchestra rehearsals and participating in side-by-side rehearsals with All-City Orchestra musicians, The Philadelphia Orchestra presents the annual All-City Concert in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.

June 01, 2018

May: A Month of Incomparable Breadth

The month of May brought to citizens of the Delaware Valley a microcosm of what The Philadelphia Orchestra does on a broad basis throughout the entire year.

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.

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