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July 08, 2015

More than Just a Concert: the Fabulous Philadelphians Honored to Take Part in Papal Visit

“To play for Pope Francis, and in service to the events celebrating his generous visit to our city, is a high honor for everyone associated with The Philadelphia Orchestra.”

That’s how Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore describes the world-famous ensemble’s participation in two events during this fall’s first-ever visit to Philadelphia by Pope Francis.

April 02, 2015

Bach’s Monumental St. Matthew Passion

There were many magical moments in Wednesday night’s performance of Bach’s Passion According to St. Matthew, but one in particular stands out. At the end of Part One—after the drama of the Last Supper, after Judas becomes a traitor with a kiss, after Jesus is betrayed and bound—Yannick lowered his hands—normally the signal that it’s OK to clap—but nobody in the hall made a sound, or even took a breath it seemed. Not until soloists and music director quietly walked off stage and the house lights came on did the audience applaud.

April 02, 2015

Let’s Go Hear a Movie

If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you’re settled into a comfortable seat in Verizon Hall about to enjoy a superb live orchestral concert by the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra! While we may think of orchestral music only in terms of live performances in acoustically tuned halls, the sound of orchestral instruments is perhaps more ubiquitous outside the concert hall than we realize. Audiences worldwide hear symphonic music every day: And they’re not even sitting in a concert hall!

February 05, 2015

An Exploration of the Philadelphia Sound - The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces its 2015-16 Season

The inimitable Philadelphia Sound! We all know it and love it. For over 100 years it has captivated audiences around the globe and attracted the world’s most accomplished composers, soloists, and guest conductors—from Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, and Stravinsky to James Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, and John Williams. And in the 2015-16 season it will be center stage as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in his fourth year as music director, leads the Philadelphians on a journey through works that have helped make that Sound so famous.

December 04, 2014

Soul of a City - The Philadelphia Orchestra Takes Listeners on a Musical Tour of St. Petersburg

The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg

November 17, 2014

Kang and Morales are Set to Solo

First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang and Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales. Two different musicians, two different instruments. As each prepares for solo turns with the Orchestra in the coming weeks, they face the same challenge: fitting practice time in among the demands of raising young children.

Kang, the mother of two daughters, eight and three, always finds time to squeeze in practice. But Mondays, when the Orchestra doesn’t rehearse and her children are in school, she can practice hours without interruption.

October 02, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra in the Palm of Your Hand!

Did you ever find yourself at a concert and wish there was somebody really knowledgeable sitting right next to you who could answer all your questions about the piece, the composer, the instruments? (Without, of course, disturbing your fellow concertgoers.) Well, your wish is our command! Introducing LiveNote™, The Philadelphia Orchestra's mobile app that puts a world of musical information at your fingertips, letting you follow the performance with real-time musical, historical, and emotional highlights. 

September 24, 2014

The Art of the Pipe Organ

Frederick Haas was so moved when he heard the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ breathe its first notes into Verizon Hall, he started to cry. And no wonder. Fred J. Cooper was his grandfather, a Philadelphia jeweler by trade, and a devoted organist by avocation. Haas himself is a serious organist, with a degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

September 18, 2014

Scaling New Heights as the Season Begins

If you walk by the Kimmel Center you can practically feel the excitement! Our 2014-15 season is just days away, and we’re kicking it off in fine Philadelphia style: with a keyboard star, a symphonic spectacular … and a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure.

Photo by Jessica Griffin