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September 19, 2017

Bernstein at 100: What’s old becomes new, once again

Throughout history, the artists who nudge things forward are the “synthesizers,” the ones who bring together seemingly disparate styles to form something startlingly new. In music, Mozart fused styles he absorbed during his early travels through Italy, France, England, and German-speaking lands. Later, the Beatles gathered elements of postwar restlessness, American blues, and (thanks to the symphonically trained George Martin) classical traditions to create sounds we’d never heard before.

September 19, 2017

Farewell--And Thanks!

This past August flutist Loren Lind and Stage Personnel Manager Edward Barnes retired from the Orchestra. We send them our gratitude and best wishes for the future. 

August 30, 2017

Getting to know: The Philadelphia Orchestra’s newest musicians!

We recently announced four new musicians who will be joining the roster in the 2017-18 season. Since you will be seeing them on stage and around town, here are some fun facts so you can get to know each of them! And visit our Orchestra roster page to read their full biographies. 

 

August 19, 2017

From Shanghai to Saratoga: Shanghai Philharmonic Joins Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC

As part of our commitment to cultural diplomacy, a group of eight musicians from the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) joined The Philadelphia Orchestra during the third week of our annual residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

The week focused on peer-to-peer learning, including one-on-one coaching with Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, side-by-side rehearsals, and a chamber performance at the Northshire Bookstore.

 

August 16, 2017

A Cello-bration: Cellists perform with Yo-Yo Ma during PlayIN at SPAC

"Music is the connective tissue. It expands our imagination. It’s a magical thing. And these PlayINs are exactly what’s needed.”Yo-Yo Ma during the cello PlayIN at SPAC on August 9

Last week more than 90 cellists of all ages joined the legendary Yo-Yo Ma on stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center for one of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s signature PlayINs. Check out what some of the participants had to say about the experience.

June 20, 2017

A Message from Allison Vulgamore

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

After much reflection and soul searching, I have decided to conclude my service as the president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Orchestra concurrent with my expiring contract date of December 31, 2017. I have not come to this decision easily or lightly, but I believe that the timing is right both for the long-term work of the Association and for me personally. 

May 09, 2017

Polished Brass: The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents a Tuba/Euphonium PlayIN

Harold Hill in The Music Man was proud of the 76 trombones in his makeshift marching band. But Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch is aiming much higher for the Tuba/Euphonium PlayIN she’s organized for this Saturday, May 13, at 5 PM in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. She’s hoping for a couple hundred tubas and euphoniums, with maybe a sousaphone or two thrown in for good measure.

May 04, 2017

Principal Second Violin Kimberly Fisher Receives C. Hartman Kuhn Award

A highlight of the end of the Orchestra’s subscription season is the annual ceremony awarding one musician the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, and recognizing musicians who have served in the Orchestra for 25 years or are retiring.

April 26, 2017

It Feels Like Love: Sasha Cooke on Singing (and Keeping It Real)

“This season is something like 27 cities, with totally different pieces, contracts, vocal requirements, stamina. It’s complex!”

Welcome to the whirlwind world of Sasha Cooke. The Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano appears with The Philadelphia Orchestra May 3, 5, and 6 at Verizon Hall and May 9 at Carnegie Hall, in Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”).

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