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October 31, 2017

Join the “Experience”: The Philadelphia Orchestra Unveils its “Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience”

Sometimes, according to Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, there are two orchestras playing at once in Verizon Hall: The Philadelphia Orchestra, of course, and the huge pipe organ that dominates the stage. That concept is behind the “Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience,” recently created thanks to a five-million-dollar gift from the Wyncote Foundation.

October 31, 2017

Beyond the Baton

A Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Photo by Chris Lee

From the November 2017 Playbill

This Month Yannick Talks about Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8.

October 31, 2017

Nathaniel West - Behind the Scenes

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? I was born in Chicago, but grew up mostly in Columbus, OH.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Just about any piece by Bach.

October 30, 2017

Gail Ehrlich: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

Gail Ehrlich doesn’t just hear The Philadelphia Orchestra. She feels it.

“Trained as a classical ballerina in my youth, I feel the joy of music not only in my heart and soul but in my joints and limbs,” she says.

September 19, 2017

Bernstein at 100: What’s old becomes new, once again

Throughout history, the artists who nudge things forward are the “synthesizers,” the ones who bring together seemingly disparate styles to form something startlingly new. In music, Mozart fused styles he absorbed during his early travels through Italy, France, England, and German-speaking lands. Later, the Beatles gathered elements of postwar restlessness, American blues, and (thanks to the symphonically trained George Martin) classical traditions to create sounds we’d never heard before.

September 19, 2017

Yu-Ting Chen - Behind the Scenes

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? I was born in Taipei, Taiwan.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Sibelius’s Violin Concerto.

What is your most treasured possession? My violin case.

April 05, 2017

The Philadelphia Orchestra: Global Cultural Ambassadors at Home in the World

We’ve all heard the expression “Think globally, act locally.” But for The Philadelphia Orchestra in the 21st century, a better version might be “Think AND Act Globally AND Locally.”

April 05, 2017

Burchard Tang - Behind the Scenes

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? In Lutherville, MD. I moved to Philadelphia when I was seven though, so I consider myself a Philly native.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Any Beethoven string quartet. 

April 05, 2017

César Avila: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

March 01, 2017

Voices of a City: The Orchestra’s 2017-18 Season Presents an Abundance of Variety

The way to have good ideas, as Nobel Prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling used to say, is to have lots of ideas. In recent years The Philadelphia Orchestra has dramatically increased the range and scope of its activities both locally and globally, and the 2017-18 season just announced underscores an ever-expanding breadth of vision that reflects the Orchestra’s storied legacy, its ongoing commitment to deep community involvement, and its role as a global ambassador for the arts.

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