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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

Building Something Uniquely Philadelphian: an Interview with New Director of Collaborative Learning Daniel Berkowitz

With Collaborative Learning Week underway, we thought we’d check in with Daniel Berkowitz, the Orchestra’s new director of Collaborative Learning. He has an ambitious goal for his new job: “How can we build something that is uniquely Philadelphian—of Philadelphia, for Philadelphia—that empowers this community and addresses its greatest needs?”

March 03, 2015

Collaborative Learning Week and Beyond—A Celebration of Music Education for Students of All Ages

Earlier this week The Philadelphia Orchestra kicked off its Collaborative Learning Week, an intensive celebration of educational activities showcasing the wealth of music-making opportunities for music students across the Philadelphia area. The Orchestra joins many community partners in special events for children, teens, and adults, many of which are free and open to the public.

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 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.

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