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February 24, 2015

Jennifer Higdon on LiveNote and the Curtis Connection

Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon took the stage at The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free College Concert last fall to make an unusual request: Please turn your cell phones ON. Her immensely popular blue cathedral was on the program that night as the Orchestra road tested its new LiveNote app, which provides real-time program notes for smart phones and tablets. And her Pulitzer Prize-winning Violin Concerto is part of the latest LiveNote Nights Concert on February 25. Higdon’s a fan of the technology.

February 13, 2015

Valentine’s Day: “If music be the food of love, play on!”

Who are we to argue with the Bard? Especially when the players are those hopeless romantics, The Philadelphia Orchestra; the conductor is Stéphane Denève, a Frenchman (and therefore an expert in romance); the musical selections are heart-warming; they’re accompanied by members of the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre acting out some of Shakespeare’s most famous musings on love … and, it’s Valentine’s Day!

 

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.

January 30, 2015

It’s Official! Yannick’s “Love Affair” with Philadelphia Will Continue

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s beloved music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, has signed a new five-year contract, guaranteeing he’ll lead the Fabulous Philadelphians to even more thrilling musical heights until at least 2022.

From left: Board Chairman Richard B. Worley, President & CEO Allison Vulgamore, and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the January 30 concert, where Yannick signed his contract renewal. Photo: Will Figg

January 22, 2015

Yannick Marks a Milestone

We’re all used to noting important firsts, from first day at school to first kiss, to first paycheck. But how many of us get to notch the 1,500th time we’ve done something, let alone something that’s exciting, beautiful, even magical? Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of those fortunate few: Tonight he mounts the podium to conduct the 1,500th concert in his dazzling career. It all began in November 1994, when a still-teenaged Yannick led a performance of Fauré’s Requiem for choir and organ.

January 14, 2015

The Academy of Music 158th Anniversary Concert and Ball—A Night to Remember

Ah, the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball! It’s the social event of the Philadelphia season—has been since the Academy’s Centennial in 1957—and this year’s promises to be the best yet. For the 158th Anniversary Concert and Ball on January 24, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra are joined in the gilded splendor of the Academy of Music by Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino, the gifted young violinist Simone Porter, and guests dressed to the nines in white tie and ball gowns.

January 08, 2015

A Tribute to Dr. King—Music and the Heart of a Community

From its free Neighborhood Concerts to its PlayINs, its teaching, its partnerships with civic and cultural groups all over the Delaware Valley, and of course its concerts in Verizon Hall, The Philadelphia Orchestra is a vital, living, breathing part of its community. Perhaps no one event better illustrates that role than the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert, this year on January 19 at Girard College, the epicenter of Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service.

January 08, 2015

LiveNote Nights--Serious Fun!

Too pressed for time to enjoy a full-length classical concert? Late nights just don’t work with your busy schedule? Intimidated by the “seriousness” of classical music? Curious about some of your favorite musical works, but unsure how to brush up? We’ve got you covered! We’re kicking off 2015 with a new concert series, LiveNote Nights™, three earlier, shorter, and informative concerts that also offer audience members the chance to use our new LiveNote app for mobile devices.

December 08, 2014

Bramwell Tovey—Our Man for the Season

If we didn’t know better, we’d say he’s Jolly Old St. Nick himself! The multi-talented Bramwell Tovey (a Grammy-winning conductor, composer, pianist, narrator) returns to Philadelphia to ensure we’re all getting into the holiday spirit.

Tovey is making his subscription debut, conducting a stunning set of concerts. He’s once again presenting the Glorious Sound of Christmas, he’ll lead our SingIN at the historic Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, and in his spare time, he’ll be dropping in at Shriner’s Hospital for Children to spread holiday cheer.

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