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February 08, 2013

February 8: Practicing, Performances, and ... Pythons?

Miami and Naples, February 8 - Last night's concert in Miami--our first-ever at the Adrienne Arsht Center--was an absolutely magical experience. It is difficult to describe in words the sound that echos throughout each hall we have visited.

February 07, 2013

February 7: Over 100 Years Old and Still Experiencing Firsts!

Miami, February 7 - Day four of our week-long Florida trip and we're now in Miami, also known as the "Magic City." However, we're pretty sure we have experienced some magic already these past few days! It has been a whirlwind week but we have had the privilege of meeting some amazing fans, while visiting with old friends, and enjoying some truly one-of-a kind concert experiences with Maestro Frühbeck and André Watts.

February 06, 2013

February 6: The Kravis Center Gives Us a Warm, Philadelphia Welcome

West Palm Beach, February 6 - We received a warm welcome from the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts when our bus pulled up before rehearsal this morning.

February 05, 2013

February 5: All in a Day's Work--Coaching Young Musicians by Day, Performing to Packed Houses by Night

West Palm Beach, February 5: After arriving in Florida less than 24 hours ago, our musicians are already hard at work doing one of the things they do best—coaching young musicians. Earlier today, violinists Daniel Han and Paul Arnold, violist Rachel Ku, cellist Gloria de Pasquale, and double bassist Rob Kesselman paid a visit to the Palm Beach Public School Strings Program.

February 04, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Heads to Florida!

The Orchestra anxiously awaits takeoff as they prepare to embark on a week-long tour through the Sunshine State.

And they're off!

This morning, the Orchestra headed to the Philadelphia International Airport to embark on a five-concert, multi-city, week-long tour of Florida with guest conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

October 19, 2012

Greetings from Shanghai!

Hello from China, where I am presenting a new harp concerto with Tan Dun for the Shanghai International Arts Festival. This is not a conventional work and has the potential to globally galvanize women. Tan Dun has preserved yet another musical tapestry of his culture by sharing an ancient women’s secret language through the voice of the harp. From a remote village in his Hunan home, Tan Dun bonded with the last remaining women who practice this secret code, nüshu—“women’s writing”—a simplified Chinese script used exclusively among women, developed during a time in China when women lacked the same access to education as men. Messages written in nüshu along the folds of a secret fan or embroidered in cloth were the only means for a woman to communicate to her sisters. Through the feminine form of the harp this women’s secret society will be revealed.

August 22, 2012

Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Week Three in Review

8/15/12, Saratoga Springs: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and the Orchestra begin their SPAC rehearsal with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

August 10, 2012

Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Week Two in Review

8/8/12, Saratoga Springs: Yannick greets the Orchestra before they start their first rehearsal together at SPAC.

August 09, 2012

Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Week One in Review

The Philadelphia Orchestra has performed each August at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) since the Center's founding in 1966. This year marks the Philadelphians’ 47th consecutive residency at Saratoga.

July 27, 2012

July 26 - Free Neighborhood Concert at Curtis Arboretum

7/26/12, Cheltenham: Assistant Conductor Cristian Macelaru leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture. The performance marked the Orchestra’s debut at Curtis Arboretum and also the first 2012 Free Neighborhood Concert of the weekend. Photo by Ryan Donnell