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January 04, 2017

With a Little Help from Our Friends: the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music

Sure, the concerts are incredible. But wouldn’t it be great if, after a wonderful evening with The Philadelphia Orchestra, you could hang out with some of the musicians? Mitch Ginsburg gets to do that, several times a year. “It’s been really great to get to know them on a personal level, to talk about the concert, and their lives as musicians. We might not necessarily always talk about Orchestra stuff. Just the other night, I was speaking with [trumpeter] Tony Prisk about Star Wars toy collections from when we were kids! It makes you feel connected on a very personal level.”

January 03, 2017

Daniel Matsukawa - 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.

Daniel Matsukawa holds the Richard M. Klein Chair.

Where were you born? I was born in Argentina. 

January 03, 2017

Ken Hutchins: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

“The whole experience has been, to me, life-transforming.”

November 30, 2016

La Ville Lumière: The Philadelphia Orchestra Honors the French Capital with a Three-week Festival

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life,” Thomas Jefferson wrote some 250 years ago. Much later, James Thurber would call the city “a vast university of art, literature and music … a post-graduate course in Everything.” Novelist Laurence Durrell marveled at “the restless metaphysical curiosity, the tenderness of good living and the passionate individualism.”

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

November 30, 2016

Beyond the Baton

A Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Photo by Chris Lee

From the January 2017 Playbill

This Month Yannick Talks about Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne and Schmitt's The Tragedy of Salome.

November 30, 2016

Socrates Villegas - 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 Coyotepec, Mexico.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? The Overture to The Queen of Spades by Franz von Suppé.

November 30, 2016

Susan Price: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

November 01, 2016

Beyond the Stage: A Look at the Orchestra’s New HEAR Initiative

If you’re reading this in Verizon Hall, you’re eagerly looking forward to the glorious sound, the passion, and the excellent musicianship for which The Philadelphia Orchestra is justly famous.

November 01, 2016

Priscilla Lee - 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 Fullerton, CA.

What’s your most treasured possession? A cello and a bow, not necessarily mine. Any would do.

November 01, 2016

Lisa Yakulis: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

Lisa Yakulis, the new president of the Orchestra Volunteer Committees, may hail from Wisconsin, but she’s a lifelong Philadelphia Orchestra fan. Her first experience hearing the Philadelphians live—when she was a college student in the ’80s, and the Orchestra was still playing in the Academy of Music—was unforgettable. 

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