Philadelphia Sound

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).

September 29, 2015

The Keeper of the Sound - As He Begins his Fourth Season as Music Director, Yannick Talks about the Philadelphia Sound

It’s a concept that’s so familiar to fans of The Philadelphia Orchestra it seems to need no explanation: the Philadelphia Sound. Born under the legendary Leopold Stokowski, burnished under the equally legendary Eugene Ormandy, the Sound has been part of the orchestral landscape for generations, acknowledged and enjoyed in Philadelphia and in concert halls literally around the globe.

Photo by Jessica Griffin

September 29, 2015

A Season of the Sound

With all the excitement surrounding the papal visit, and the Orchestra’s starring role in it, you might forget that the 2015-16 season is about to begin. But it is, kicking off with a bang on September 30 with the Opening Night Concert and Gala at the Kimmel Center. This fourth season under Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is highlighting the legendary Philadelphia Sound, lauded for a century, and very much alive today.

September 28, 2015

Rachmaninoff on Philadelphia: “The Finest Orchestral Combination in the World”

When Yannick and The Philadelphia Orchestra take the stage for the first subscription series of the 2015-16 season, Rachmaninoff will be on the program. And if you’re in the audience, you may feel the spirit of the composer himself in Verizon Hall. Rachmaninoff had a profound and prolific relationship with the Orchestra: He loved the Orchestra, performed with the Orchestra, and, most abidingly, wrote for and recorded with the Orchestra.

February 05, 2015

An Exploration of the Philadelphia Sound - The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces its 2015-16 Season

The inimitable Philadelphia Sound! We all know it and love it. For over 100 years it has captivated audiences around the globe and attracted the world’s most accomplished composers, soloists, and guest conductors—from Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, and Stravinsky to James Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, and John Williams. And in the 2015-16 season it will be center stage as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in his fourth year as music director, leads the Philadelphians on a journey through works that have helped make that Sound so famous.