Orchestra Today


November 22, 2016

Orchestra Performs at Closing Ceremony of U.S.-China Tourism Year

In 2015 President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that 2016 would be U.S.-China Tourism Year—and The Philadelphia Orchestra played a major role in its Closing Ceremony, which took place Sunday, November 20, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. In recognition of the Orchestra's rich and deep history of pioneering cultural diplomatic initiatives globally—dating back to its first trip to China at the request of President Nixon in 1973, the first visit to the country by an American orchestra—the Chinese and U.S.

November 17, 2016

In Good Company: Beethoven, Ravel, Petrassi, and Noseda

One of the great things about talking to conductors is that sooner or later they’ll start singing. The other day, Gianandrea Noseda was discussing his upcoming concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra (November 25-27 in Verizon Hall; for tickets and more information click here). The program concludes with Beethoven’s beloved “Pastoral” Symphony and we asked Noseda to describe the essence of this great work.

November 15, 2016

Skate through the Winter with the Fabulous Philadelphians

Lace up your skates, cue Waldteufel’s “The Skaters’” Waltz, and get ready to hit the ice with The Philadelphia Orchestra. All winter long the Orchestra presents “Symphony Sundays” at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park.

November 01, 2016

Beyond the Stage: A Look at the Orchestra’s New HEAR Initiative

If you’re reading this in Verizon Hall, you’re eagerly looking forward to the glorious sound, the passion, and the excellent musicianship for which The Philadelphia Orchestra is justly famous.

October 27, 2016

Conductor Louis Langrée Meets the Philadelphians

Louis Langrée, music director of the Cincinnati Symphony, is opening his Philadelphia Orchestra debut concerts with a laugh: Schnittke’s Moz-Art à la Haydn.

October 25, 2016

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

“It’s a classic, one of the greatest horror films of all time. An incredible piece of art!”

That’s Peter Conte, and he should know. Not only has this master organist seen the 1920s silent horror classic countless times, this Friday (9:30 PM in Verizon Hall) he’ll be responsible for a good portion of that horror, when he improvises an organ accompaniment during a live screening of the movie. It’s the perfect Halloween blend of thrills, chills, and spellbinding music.

October 17, 2016

Cannons in the Kimmel?

How do you fire off a cannon inside Verizon Hall without hurting anybody? You need the cannon, of course, for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, a highlight of this week’s very Russian concerts, which also include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Denis Kozhukhin. The performances are led by Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève.

October 10, 2016

The Philadelphia Orchestra in the News: Simon Rattle and David Bilger

The Philadelphia Orchestra was featured prominently in the news over the weekend.

The New York Times was in Verizon Hall for Thursday’s “stunning account” of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, led by Simon Rattle. Here are excerpts from the rave that ran in Saturday’s edition:

October 04, 2016

Stéphane Tétreault Makes His Philadelphia Orchestra Debut with the “Perfect Cello Concerto”

“It’s the most exciting concert of my career so far. It’s just an unbelievable opportunity!”

Stéphane Tétreault is thrilled to be performing for the very first time with The Philadelphia Orchestra (in Verizon Hall, October 7 and 8, 8 PM). And the fact that this incredibly young (he’s 23) French Canadian phenomenon will be playing the Saint-Saëns First Cello Concerto only adds to his excitement.

September 28, 2016

An American in Paris: Hear It Again for the Very First Time!

Perhaps you saw the article in the New York Times last March under the provocative headline “Have We Been Playing Gershwin Wrong for 70 Years?” It’s about his beloved An American in Paris, a symphonic tone poem that features the distinctive sounds of French taxi horns and which will be performed on The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Opening Night Concert September 30.