Orchestra Today


March 21, 2016

Side-by-Side with the All-City Orchestra

Under the baton of guest conductor Damon Gupton, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the All-City High School Orchestra sat side-by-side for a special collaborative learning experience this past Saturday, March 19. The rehearsal, part of the Orchestra's deepened partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and the All-City Orchestra, sat developing musicians alongside their professional counterparts for one-on-one coaching. Together, the students and Philadelphians performed Copland's "Hoe Down," the first movement from Dvořák's Symphony No.

March 10, 2016

Bravo! A Thousand Times

From 353 different zip codes and from as far away as Japan and the United Kingdom, 1,000 people from around the world have become donors to The Philadelphia Orchestra Association as part of its “1,000 New Donors Campaign.” The initiative is part of a larger celebration surrounding the centennial anniversary of the Orchestra’s U.S.

March 08, 2016

Did Mozart Really Dislike the Flute?

Maybe you’ve heard that Mozart disliked the flute. He once wrote his father that he “couldn’t bear” the instrument, possibly because the one played in his day was a pale shadow of the technical marvel used by modern musicians. The Mozart-era flute was much simpler and was harder to play in tune. 

A modern copy of an 18th-century flute

March 07, 2016

Yannick's Guide to the Orchestra

Yannick conducted a Family Concert on Saturday, March 5, 2016, featuring Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Ben Steinfeld was host and narrator for the Britten, and Kasey Shao was the soloist in the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488. She was the Children’s Division winner of the 2015 Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition.

March 03, 2016

The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Government of Mongolia Announce New Cultural Partnership

The Philadelphia Orchestra will be adding to its already impressive list of “firsts” when it performs in Mongolia in 2017, the first Western orchestra to perform in the country.

This new cultural partnership was announced on Thursday, March 3, when the Orchestra and the Government of Mongolia signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Mongolia during an event in SFRC (Senate Foreign Relations Committee) room S-116 at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.  

March 02, 2016

All-City Music Festival Celebrates Music Education in Philadelphia

The All-City High School Music Festival brought more than 400 students from 30 of the School District of Philadelphia’s schools to the Verizon Hall stage on Tuesday, March 1. The concert featured the All-City Band, conducted by Dr. Wesley J. Broadax; Choir, conducted by Dorina C. Morrow; and Orchestra, conducted by Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Principal Bass Joseph Conyers. The finale, a world premiere work by Philadelphia’s own John B Hedges, featured all three ensembles onstage together and was conducted by Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

March 01, 2016

A Mahler Eight Centennial Celebration and Live Broadcast

As the Orchestra gears up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its U.S. premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with four sold-out concerts of the work led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, plans are falling into place for additional events to add to the festivities. And, for those who were unable to get tickets to one of the performances, the Sunday, March 13, concert at 2 PM will be broadcast live on WRTI, 90.1 FM.

February 19, 2016

What a Difference a Century Makes: 100 Years Out, The Philadelphia Orchestra Reprises a Historic Turning Point

On a freezing weekend 100 years ago this March, The Philadelphia Orchestra presented a set of concerts that, in a single stroke, established it as an ensemble of international importance.

February 10, 2016

The Mystery of Miaskovsky

There’s a bit of a mystery in this week’s subscription concerts (February 11-14). Not about Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto of course, or about our brilliant piano soloist Yefim Bronfman. And while Leoš Janáček’s Taras Bulba isn’t as well known as the Beethoven, Janáček is considered one of the greatest Czech composers. (And then there’s the 1962 Taras Bulba movie starring Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis!) But who is Nikolai Miaskovsky, whose Tenth Symphony rounds out the program? And why don’t we hear his music more often?