October 2017

October 31, 2017

Join the “Experience”: The Philadelphia Orchestra Unveils its “Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience”

Sometimes, according to Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, there are two orchestras playing at once in Verizon Hall: The Philadelphia Orchestra, of course, and the huge pipe organ that dominates the stage. That concept is behind the “Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience,” recently created thanks to a five-million-dollar gift from the Wyncote Foundation.

October 31, 2017

Nathaniel West - Behind the Scenes

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? I was born in Chicago, but grew up mostly in Columbus, OH.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Just about any piece by Bach.

October 30, 2017

Gail Ehrlich: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

Gail Ehrlich doesn’t just hear The Philadelphia Orchestra. She feels it.

“Trained as a classical ballerina in my youth, I feel the joy of music not only in my heart and soul but in my joints and limbs,” she says.

October 09, 2017

A HEAR Week with HEART

“I am just so excited that we got to be a ‘typical’ family for a few hours! It was an amazing gift. Your generosity was healing for our family!”

October 09, 2017

What Does Democracy Sound Like?

There was no better day to capture the sounds of democracy in action than on Constitution Day 2017, the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Composer Tod Machover visited the National Constitution Center to explore the spirit of the city through this exciting celebration. 

The visit will inspire and become part of Machover’s crowd-sourced symphony, Philadelphia Voices, which will be given its world premiere in Verizon Hall this spring with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and a choir of community voices from throughout the city.

October 09, 2017

Love Notes for Lenny

What is your favorite Leonard Bernstein piece? What is your first memory of hearing his music? What does his music mean to you? In celebration of the Bernstein centenary, and to capture the impact of his music, The Philadelphia Orchestra invites you to share your “Love Notes for Lenny.” 

Yannick kicked off this effort with his own personal anecdote.