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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?

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

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