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March 07, 2019

Adrienne Simpson: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

When Philadelphia Orchestra Board of Directors member Adrienne Simpson says, “My life has been inundated by classical music,” she means it.

Her father, Eugene Thamon Simpson, started out a concert pianist and bass vocalist. While she was growing up in Glassboro, NJ, he was a chorale director and vocal instructor. “He married his favorite soprano!” says Adrienne, laughing.

January 03, 2019

Schoolhouse Classical: The Philadelphia Orchestra Gives Back

It’s no secret that The Philadelphia Orchestra spends a lot of time away from Verizon Hall. Every summer it heads to the Mann Center, Vail, and Saratoga. There are regular visits to New York’s Carnegie Hall and community concerts around Philadelphia, plus frequent overseas tours.

January 03, 2019

Patrick Williams - 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? Boulder, CO.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.

What is your most treasured possession? My road bike.

January 03, 2019

Jane Kesson: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

"If I didn’t know the facts, I wouldn’t have believed it!”

That’s how Cindi Pasceri describes her reaction to the news that her dear friend, the late Jane Kesson, had donated an astonishing $4.7 million to The Philadelphia Orchestra.

November 29, 2018

“Amahl” and the “television opera”: The creation of a rare, important genre

It’s not as if Gian Carlo Menotti sat down one day and said, “I think I’ll invent a new genre today.” Yet with the composition of Amahl and the Night Visitors in 1951 (the Philadelphians perform the work December 13 and 15), that is essentially what he did. Almost unwittingly, the Italian-born American created what has come to be considered the first opera composed for television.

November 29, 2018

Davyd Booth - 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 Clarksburg, West Virginia.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

What is your most treasured possession? My violin.

November 29, 2018

Matthew Fitzpatrick: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s website touts its Campus Representative program as “a great way to get professional publicity and promotions experience while in college.”

But that’s not why Matthew Fitzpatrick decided to become a campus rep, starting last year. For one thing, the St. Joseph’s University senior is a math major, not a marketer.

October 30, 2018

Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia - 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.

October 30, 2018

Nancy Galloway: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

As is true with so many of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s dedicated volunteers, newly installed President of the Orchestra Volunteer Committees Nancy Galloway got involved at the urging of a friend. Nancy started her own business, Custom Curtains, and one of her first clients was Dottebob Andes, the late, beloved force in Philadelphia charities for 40 years.

April 03, 2018

An Orchestral "Tosca": The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents Semi-Staged Performances of the Operatic Favorite

May 2, 2018, PLEASE NOTE: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva has regrettably withdrawn from her appearances in Tosca due to a double ear infection. Jennifer Rowley has graciously agreed to appear in these performances.

 

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