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January 31, 2017

Celebrating Rachmaninoff: The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents a Rachmaninoff Festival this April

Long before Stéphane Denève began nurturing dreams of a career on the podium, let alone becoming The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor, he was an aspiring pianist, living in northern France and tuning in to Belgian television to watch the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition.

January 31, 2017

Top Notes: Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi Has a “Secret Passion” … Perfume!

It’s hard to believe that world-class conductors have time for anything but music.

January 19, 2017

Harold in Italy: A Musical Journey for Viola

Just as it can be difficult to categorize the viola (a big violin? a small cello?), it’s hard to label Berlioz’s viola showcase Harold in Italy. “It’s more of a symphony than a concerto for sure,” says Principal Viola Choong-Jin (C.J.) Chang. “But it’s just great music, period!”

January 04, 2017

With a Little Help from Our Friends: the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music

Sure, the concerts are incredible. But wouldn’t it be great if, after a wonderful evening with The Philadelphia Orchestra, you could hang out with some of the musicians? Mitch Ginsburg gets to do that, several times a year. “It’s been really great to get to know them on a personal level, to talk about the concert, and their lives as musicians. We might not necessarily always talk about Orchestra stuff. Just the other night, I was speaking with [trumpeter] Tony Prisk about Star Wars toy collections from when we were kids! It makes you feel connected on a very personal level.”

January 03, 2017

An Aria for Bassoon: Daniel Matsukawa Performs the Mozart Bassoon Concerto

We don’t usually think of the bassoon as a solo instrument, basking in the spotlight like a violin or piano. But believe it or not, Mozart wrote his very first wind concerto for the bassoon, in 1774, when he was just 18 years old. The piece has since become the bedrock of the bassoon repertoire (and an audition hurdle for all aspiring symphony bassoonists).

December 27, 2016

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

If you’re Grammy Award-winning conductor Bramwell Tovey, that’s an easy one: You’re leading The Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall.

Tovey has conducted on New Year’s Eve all over the world, but this weekend’s concert is special for him. “The Philadelphia Orchestra is such a fun group. As well as being one of the great virtuoso orchestras in the world, they are actually really great fun to hang out with.”

December 16, 2016

And a Woman Shall Lead Them: Nathalie Stutzmann's Road to Conducting

Nathalie Stutzmann was so determined to become a conductor, she embarked on a 30-year career as a celebrated globetrotting contralto.

Wait, what?

December 06, 2016

Allison Vulgamore Named a Most Admired CEO for 2016 by Philadelphia Business Journal

In an awards dinner Thursday, December 1, at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, President and CEO Allison Vulgamore was honored as a Most Admired CEO by Philadelphia Business Journal for her leadership and accomplishments at the helm of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, together with her fellow winners, an impressive who’s-who of business leaders representing every sector in the Delaware Valley, from banking to manufacturing to health care to tech.  

November 30, 2016

La Ville Lumière: The Philadelphia Orchestra Honors the French Capital with a Three-week Festival

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life,” Thomas Jefferson wrote some 250 years ago. Much later, James Thurber would call the city “a vast university of art, literature and music … a post-graduate course in Everything.” Novelist Laurence Durrell marveled at “the restless metaphysical curiosity, the tenderness of good living and the passionate individualism.”

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

November 29, 2016

Orchestra Thankful on Giving Tuesday for George Hermann’s Gift of Sound

For all 54 years of their marriage, music filled the Bryn Mawr home and lives of George Hermann and his late wife, Myrl.

Now, thanks to George’s generous gift to the Orchestra of Myrl’s beloved C.G. Testore violin, circa 1700, they will be contributing to the fabled Philadelphia Sound in concerts at the Kimmel Center, across the United States, and around the world.