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September 21, 2016

New Faces in the Orchestra

Audiences at Philadelphia Orchestra concerts this fall will see three new faces onstage: Associate Principal Cello Priscilla Lee, clarinetist Socrates Villegas, and Angela Bilger, who joins the ensemble for a one-year appointment as acting fourth horn.

September 20, 2016

Yannick Looks Forward: With Four Amazing Seasons Behind Him, an Enticing Decade Beckons

When The Philadelphia Orchestra announced in 2010 that it had named a 35-year-old French Canadian with relatively little name recognition in the United States as its new music director, the world could not have anticipated the extent to which this podium dynamo would vitalize the Orchestra and transform the very nature of a music director’s relationship to his or her community.

Photo by Chris Lee

July 05, 2016

NYO2’s Whirlwind Weekend in Philadelphia

The inaugural year of NYO2 culminated in a weekend of events in Philadelphia, July 1-3, with coachings, concerts, a mega PlayIN, and even some sightseeing.

May 23, 2016

Ticket Revenue Surges for 2015-16 Season, Thanks to You

A hearty bravo to Orchestra patrons and supporters for making the 2015-16 subscription season a very memorable one. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is pleased to report that earned income revenues for the main subscription season and other special concerts total slightly over $12 million, an 11% increase over last year. The recently completed season also saw a 9% increase in the number of households purchasing tickets and a 5% increase in total tickets sold for the main subscription series over last season.

May 17, 2016

Donating Has its Rare Privileges: Sitting on Stage at a Rehearsal

Hearing The Philadelphia Orchestra live in Verizon Hall is a thrill shared by thousands of music lovers every season. Listening to the Fabulous Philadelphians at a rehearsal is a special pleasure enjoyed by a much smaller group of devotees. But how about watching a rehearsal from a unique vantage point: on stage.

May 02, 2016

Yo-Yo Ma Joins the Orchestra for Concerts and a PlayIN

World famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a frequent guest and good friend of The Philadelphia Orchestra but his appearances last week were his first subscription performances in 20 years. He joined Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève to kick off the Orchestra’s two-week celebration of the music of John Williams, performing the composer’s Cello Concerto, written specifically for him. Ma and Denève were also special guests at the Orchestra’s Cello PlayIN, where over 100 cellists from the Philadelphia region performed alongside Ma and the entire cello section of the ensemble.

April 19, 2016

On that Note - A Great Success

The Volunteer Committees for The Philadelphia Orchestra hosted On that Note on Friday, April 15, at World Café Live. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres kicked off the evening, which then continued with dinner and a live auction, concluding with a performance by Jason DePue and Friends. Additional musical entertainment was provided by a cappella group the Tonics, who also led the live auction.

April 15, 2016

Talent in Spades

It’s not enough that Robert Cafaro and Paul Krzywicki are top musicians, proud present and former members, respectively, of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and dedicated to their craft as only the best can be. Now there’s yet another reason to admire these accomplished gentlemen: They’ve each just written a book that takes you deep inside their artistic brilliance and personal struggles. 

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