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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

Beyond the Baton

A Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Photo by Chris Lee

From the September/October 2017 Playbill

This Month Yannick Talks about Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Bernstein’s West Side Story.

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.

March 01, 2017

Yayoi Numazawa - 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 Tokyo, Japan.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Bach solo sonatas and partitas.

What is your most treasured possession? My shoe collection.

March 01, 2017

Gregg Whiteside: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

In his rich, immediately recognizable baritone, Gregg Whiteside insists he never had any intention of being a radio broadcaster, let alone the voice of The Philadelphia Orchestra (the first orchestra with a commercially-sponsored national radio series, starting in 1929).

January 31, 2017

Celebrating Rachmaninoff: The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents a Rachmaninoff Festival this April

Long before Stéphane Denève began nurturing dreams of a career on the podium, let alone becoming The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor, he was an aspiring pianist, living in northern France and tuning in to Belgian television to watch the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition.

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