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July 24, 2015

Pope Francis’s Favorite Pieces of Classical Music

We love getting to know a bit more about the pope, including what are some of his favorite classical music works. He’ll get to hear the Orchestra this September when the Fabulous Philadelphians play for him at the Festival of Families and during the Papal Mass.

Photo: Korean Culture and Information Service—Jeon Han

July 09, 2015

NYO2: Spreading Philly Roots

The Philadelphia Orchestra is well known for its deep involvement in its home communityand around the world. From programs in the Philadelphia school district, to PlayINs, free POPUp concerts, side-by-sides, residencies, and many similar activities, the Orchestra works hard to realize its firm belief in giving back to the people of the Delaware Valley. Now, thanks to a new partnership with Carnegie Hall, that commitment can expand nationwide, at the same time enhancing opportunities for Philadelphians.

July 08, 2015

More than Just a Concert: the Fabulous Philadelphians Honored to Take Part in Papal Visit

“To play for Pope Francis, and in service to the events celebrating his generous visit to our city, is a high honor for everyone associated with The Philadelphia Orchestra.”

That’s how Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore describes the world-famous ensemble’s participation in two events during this fall’s first-ever visit to Philadelphia by Pope Francis.

April 10, 2015

Leonard Bernstein’s MASS Appeal

To say that The Philadelphia Orchestra will “take the stage” starting April 30 for the first of four performances through May 3 of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS doesn’t begin to do these extraordinary concerts justice. After all, as Vice President for Artistic Planning Jeremy Rothman explains, the subtitle is “A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers.” And even that just hints at what’s in store.

Photo: Will Figg

March 31, 2015

Osagie Imasogie - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

There’s one thing Osagie Imasogie thinks everyone should know about The Philadelphia Orchestra:

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.