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April 02, 2015

Let’s Go Hear a Movie

If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you’re settled into a comfortable seat in Verizon Hall about to enjoy a superb live orchestral concert by the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra! While we may think of orchestral music only in terms of live performances in acoustically tuned halls, the sound of orchestral instruments is perhaps more ubiquitous outside the concert hall than we realize. Audiences worldwide hear symphonic music every day: And they’re not even sitting in a concert hall!

March 31, 2015

Beyond the Baton

A Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Photo by Chris Lee

From the April/May 2015 Playbill

This month Yannick talks about Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

March 31, 2015

Osagie Imasogie - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

There’s one thing Osagie Imasogie thinks everyone should know about The Philadelphia Orchestra:

March 31, 2015

Choong-Jin Chang - 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 Seoul, Korea.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Anything by J.S. Bach.

March 05, 2015

A Kaleidoscopic Mix of Music, Dance, and Theater - The Philadelphia Orchestra Prepares for Bernstein’s MASS

Musical works, like the composers who create them, often take on lives of their own, rising and falling in popularity, with works scorned by one generation being celebrated by the next—and vice versa. The vicissitudes of taste, and the social and historical circumstances that influence it, over long stretches of time, make predicating a musical work’s ultimate stature a fool’s game, but it was not for nothing that Gustav Mahler famously predicted, “my time will come.”

March 04, 2015

Edward Tracy - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

As President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., Edward Tracy runs one of the largest integrated resorts in the world—the Venetian Macao—and sees a lot of big-name entertainment, from movie premieres to sporting events to rock concerts. And out there, amidst all that glitter and glitz of the “Las Vegas of the East,” what is he especially looking forward to? “Seeing The Philadelphia Orchestra again,” says Tracy, who was recently named one of the “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by the Harvard Business Review.

March 04, 2015

Carol Jantsch - 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 Lorain, Ohio.

What is your most treasured possession? Do cats count? Oreo and Milkshake would probably take issue with that wording, and debate on exactly who is in possession of whom.

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.

February 04, 2015

Dan Ahearn, Jr. - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

Everyone profiled on this page has a great “first time at the Orchestra” story, but Dan Ahearn, Jr.—who’s been managing the Box Office since the Kimmel Center opened in 2001—has an especially good one. He was about nine or 10 years old, attending one of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Family Concerts with two of his younger brothers, when they got in a bit of trouble.

February 04, 2015

Robert Cafaro - 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 New York City.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? All of the unaccompanied cello suites by J.S. Bach.What is your most treasured possession? 

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