Orchestra Today


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

August 23, 2014

Nitzan Haroz Returns as Principal Trombone

Yannick Nézet-Séguin has made the first principal musician appointment of his tenure and it’s a welcome and familiar face: Nitzan Haroz has returned as principal trombone.

June 11, 2014

In Celebration of Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

Maestro Frühbeck leading a Philadelphia Orchestra rehearsal in 1979. Photo by Louis Hood

March 07, 2014

Orchestra to Hit the Right Notes at Fundraiser

Jason DePue. You know him as a member of the first violin section of the Orchestra. Don Liuzzi. He’s the Orchestra’s highly regarded principal timpani and a DePue of sorts when he takes the stage with Jason as a member of the DePue Brothers Band.

Hear these musicians play a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical, and rock when they headline the Volunteer Committees for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s On That Note festive fundraiser benefiting the Orchestra on Friday, April 4. In addition to Jason, the band includes his two brothers, Wallace and Zach, each a classical virtuoso as well.

October 24, 2013

Orchestra Members Take Listeners on Musical Journeys in the Community

When Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Ohad Bar-David and his Intercultural Journeys present “East Meets West” at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square on Friday, November 8, at 7 PM, it will be one of many musical journeys on which Orchestra musicians take listeners as they traverse the city and beyond in various settings.

October 14, 2013

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos: 150 Concerts in Philadelphia and Counting

A fierce, paralyzing snowstorm blanketed the East Coast between February 8 and 10, 1969. It left approximately 6,000 travelers stranded at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.  More than 90 deaths were attributed to the storm.

Stuck in Montreal was Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, scheduled to make his conducting debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra on Friday afternoon, February 14.

October 11, 2013

Free College Concert Set For Tuesday

The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing a concert and having an event for college students on Tuesday, October 15, at 8 PM at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

October 07, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Gets Out the Vote

As baseball legend Yogi Berra famously said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

Bachtrack.com , the London-based classical music concert database and review site, is having a contest asking followers what is their favorite orchestra at http://www.bachtrack.com/worlds-favourite-orchestra-2013.

October 03, 2013

Philadelphia Orchestra Pops Up

Neither snow, nor rain, or a strike by stagehands can keep the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra from playing.

Originally scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night concert on Wednesday, October 2, the Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin “popped up” in an unscheduled appearance at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall.

And more than 2,200 area residents popped into the Kimmel Center for a freewheeling and free concert.