Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra Keeps Audiences Connected

Posted on March 26, 2020


Past performance videos released weekly

Solo and small-ensemble performances direct from musicians’ homes



New weekly audio content on Listen On Demand

Concert performances on WRTI-FM and SiriusXM

Musician-curated Spotify playlists

Robust recording catalogue via Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon,

IDAGIO, Primephonic, and more



Virtual learning opportunities with musicians of the Orchestra

Online master classes and panel discussions


(Philadelphia, March 26, 2020)—To maintain and enrich our vital connection to audiences at home and around the world, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra will offer new ways to engage virtually with the music and musicians of the Orchestra. Through three specific endeavors—WATCH, LISTEN, LEARN—the Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra will fulfill its ongoing commitment to bring music, in video and audio forms, as well as interactive education and enrichment, to audiences. Content will be available at The Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra is generously funded, in part, by the William Penn Foundation. LEARN initiatives of the Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra are supported by Wells Fargo.

“We know that now, more than ever, music is an incredibly powerful force for good, for inspiration, and for healing,” said Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “I am so glad that we can bring the music and the musicians of the Orchestra to our fans virtually, until we meet again in person. I am personally looking forward to staying connected with our beloved audiences near and far during this time.”

“With the incredible reach of the Orchestra’s March 12 concert livestream, it was clear that we needed to respond to the desire to hear and see The Philadelphia Orchestra. The immediate challenge of separation and isolation, necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has galvanized the Orchestra’s creativity and resolve to stay connected to the greater Philadelphia Orchestra family,” said Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky. “With the extraordinary support of the musicians of the Orchestra, the encouraging embrace of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the amazing possibilities of technology, we will provide connection, joy, and solace through music for audiences at a time when we all need it most.”



Audiences can watch both past and previously unreleased Philadelphia Orchestra performances every Thursday night at 8 PM ET, beginning Thursday, March 26, with Nézet-Séguin: Haydn to Mahler. Performed on October 31, 2010, this historic program was Nézet-Séguin’s first as music director designate.


Nézet-Séguin: Haydn to Mahler

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor


Haydn Symphony No. 100 ("Military")

Mahler Symphony No. 5


In addition, the Orchestra’s social media followers can enjoy content from Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin as well as solo and small-ensemble performance videos directly from musicians’ homes. Follow and engage with the Orchestra on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram @philorch.



Every Friday and Saturday night at 8 PM ET, audiences are invited to listen to previously unreleased audio of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts via the Orchestra’s Listen On Demand platform. On Friday, March 27, hear Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 from May 18–21, 2017. On Saturday, March 28, hear Nézet-Séguin lead Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 with Daniil Trifonov, the Philadelphia Orchestra premiere of Mason Bates’s Alternative Energy, excerpts from Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus, and Liszt’s Prometheus, performed April 6–9, 2017.


Mahler’s Third Symphony

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Karen Cargill Mezzo-soprano

Women of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir

Amanda Quist Director

The American Boychoir

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Music Director


Mahler Symphony No. 3


Yannick and Trifonov Reunited!

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Mason Bates Electronica

Daniil Trifonov Piano


Beethoven Overture and Finale, from The Creatures of Prometheus

Bates Alternative Energy—First Philadelphia Orchestra performances

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9, K. 271 ("Jenamy")

Liszt Prometheus, Symphonic Poem No. 5


In addition to regularly scheduled Sunday (1 PM ET) and Monday (7 PM ET) programs, broadcast partner WRTI-FM will add an additional weekly Philadelphia Orchestra program to be broadcast Thursdays (7 PM ET on HD-2) and Fridays (1 PM on FM) until June 2020. WRTI’s Gregg Whiteside is producer and host. Information on weekly programming can be found at

SiriusXM listeners can continue to tune in to Symphony Hall (channel 76 or every Monday (7 PM ET), Thursday (12 AM ET), and Saturday (6 PM ET) for Philadelphia Orchestra broadcasts.

The Orchestra will continue to expand its offerings on Spotify with musician-curated playlists. Recordings from The Philadelphia Orchestra’s storied recording history can be found on the Orchestra’s Spotify Artist PageApple Music, Amazon, IDAGIOPrimephonic, and more.



Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to learn from, and engage with, musicians of the Orchestra through virtual learning opportunities, including panel discussions, master classes, and more. On Tuesday, March 31, at 6 PM ET, Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky will host a panel discussion featuring Principal Bass Harold Robinson and Acting Associate Principal Bass Joseph Conyers on Zoom at Participation is limited to the first 500 registrants.

Due to rapidly evolving developments, and in accordance with the City of Philadelphia’s recommendation that all large gatherings be suspended to limit community transmission of COVID-19, all scheduled Philadelphia Orchestra rehearsals, performances, and events through May 10, 2020, are cancelled.

Patrons are encouraged to contribute to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s future by donating their tickets for cancelled concerts back to the Orchestra, considering a gift of any size, and subscribing early to the 2020–21 season. To learn more about making a gift, visit



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