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January 20, 2016

May We Suggest … Yannick Whets Our Appetite for 2016-17

When a top chef wants to show off the range of his restaurant’s excellence, he offers a tasting menu: samples of all the ways his establishment can dazzle a food lover. Now about to begin his fifth season, our top chef, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, put together his own tasting menu at the Kimmel Center Tuesday evening, unveiling all the ways The Philadelphia Orchestra will please music lovers in the 2016-17 season. Together with Orchestra CEO and President Allison Vulgamore, Yannick explored the variety of musical treats in store in the upcoming season.

January 19, 2016

“A Collection of Everything that’s Great in Music … without Boundaries”

The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces its 2016-17 Season

Photo by Chris Lee

That’s how Yannick Nézet-Séguin describes The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2016-17 season, his fifth at the helm of the Fabulous Philadelphians. A bold statement to be sure, but as Will Rogers (among others) once said, “It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.” And boy can he! Consider the following:

January 13, 2016

Living the Dream with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert

On January 18 Philadelphia hosts the largest Martin Luther King Day of Service in the entire country … and it’s capped off with superb music from The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, all in honor of Dr. King.

Photo by Jeff Fusco

December 18, 2015

In the Community: Holiday SingIN at the Salvation Army Kroc Center

Do you hear what I hear? On December 16, residents from around Philadelphia joined Maestro Bramwell Tovey and musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Salvation Army Kroc Center for a special holiday SingIN.  Participants at the Philadelphia Orchestra's holiday SingIN at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in North Philadelphia. Photo: Jessica Griffin.

December 18, 2015

Holidays with The Philadelphia Orchestra

All December long, The Philadelphia Orchestra has celebrated the special, joyous, and merry sounds of the holiday season. On Saturday, December 5, Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman kicked things off with the Christmas Kids’ Spectacular, a Family Concert featuring host Kimberly Schroeder, the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts Choir, and special guest Santa Claus.

December 08, 2015

The Glorious Gift of Music (and Laughter)

All tied up in a beautiful bow, here’s a present we want you to peek at: The Philadelphia Orchestra’s wonderful holiday concerts.

Photo by Will Figg

December 02, 2015

Wien, Vienna, Bécs, Videň: a Wonderful Town by Any Name

City on the Danube Is Featured in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s January 2016 Festival

November 23, 2015

Alfredo Casella: Rediscovering an Italian Master

Introducing new music is part of the Orchestra’s storied heritage, from great pieces of the past such as Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (premiered in 1934, and on the bill this week), to Hannibal’s exciting new One Land, One River, One People unveiled earlier this month.

This week the Philadelphians are performing Alfredo Casella’s Second Symphony, in its U.S. premiere. But there’s a twist: The piece was written over 100 years ago. Who was Casella? And why has it taken so long for this composition to reach our shores?

November 20, 2015

“The sound is in the DNA of the Orchestra”

That’s how our very good friend guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda describes the experience of conducting the Philadelphians in Rachmaninoff’s beloved Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, during his second week on the Verizon Hall podium this season (November 27-28).

Noseda isn’t exaggerating. Rachmaninoff famously said he composed with the sound of The Philadelphia Orchestra in his head; when the Orchestra premiered the Rhapsody in 1934, the composer was at the keyboard (Leopold Stokowski conducted).

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