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March 07, 2016

Yannick's Guide to the Orchestra

Yannick conducted a Family Concert on Saturday, March 5, 2016, featuring Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Ben Steinfeld was host and narrator for the Britten, and Kasey Shao was the soloist in the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488. She was the Children’s Division winner of the 2015 Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition.

March 03, 2016

The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Government of Mongolia Announce New Cultural Partnership

The Philadelphia Orchestra will be adding to its already impressive list of “firsts” when it performs in Mongolia in 2017, the first Western orchestra to perform in the country.

This new cultural partnership was announced on Thursday, March 3, when the Orchestra and the Government of Mongolia signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Mongolia during an event in SFRC (Senate Foreign Relations Committee) room S-116 at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.  

March 02, 2016

All-City Music Festival Celebrates Music Education in Philadelphia

The All-City High School Music Festival brought more than 400 students from 30 of the School District of Philadelphia’s schools to the Verizon Hall stage on Tuesday, March 1. The concert featured the All-City Band, conducted by Dr. Wesley J. Broadax; Choir, conducted by Dorina C. Morrow; and Orchestra, conducted by Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Principal Bass Joseph Conyers. The finale, a world premiere work by Philadelphia’s own John B Hedges, featured all three ensembles onstage together and was conducted by Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

March 01, 2016

A Mahler Eight Centennial Celebration and Live Broadcast

As the Orchestra gears up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its U.S. premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with four sold-out concerts of the work led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, plans are falling into place for additional events to add to the festivities. And, for those who were unable to get tickets to one of the performances, the Sunday, March 13, concert at 2 PM will be broadcast live on WRTI, 90.1 FM.

February 19, 2016

What a Difference a Century Makes: 100 Years Out, The Philadelphia Orchestra Reprises a Historic Turning Point

On a freezing weekend 100 years ago this March, The Philadelphia Orchestra presented a set of concerts that, in a single stroke, established it as an ensemble of international importance.

February 10, 2016

The Mystery of Miaskovsky

There’s a bit of a mystery in this week’s subscription concerts (February 11-14). Not about Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto of course, or about our brilliant piano soloist Yefim Bronfman. And while Leoš Janáček’s Taras Bulba isn’t as well known as the Beethoven, Janáček is considered one of the greatest Czech composers. (And then there’s the 1962 Taras Bulba movie starring Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis!) But who is Nikolai Miaskovsky, whose Tenth Symphony rounds out the program? And why don’t we hear his music more often?

January 20, 2016

May We Suggest … Yannick Whets Our Appetite for 2016-17

When a top chef wants to show off the range of his restaurant’s excellence, he offers a tasting menu: samples of all the ways his establishment can dazzle a food lover. Now about to begin his fifth season, our top chef, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, put together his own tasting menu at the Kimmel Center Tuesday evening, unveiling all the ways The Philadelphia Orchestra will please music lovers in the 2016-17 season. Together with Orchestra CEO and President Allison Vulgamore, Yannick explored the variety of musical treats in store in the upcoming season.

January 19, 2016

“A Collection of Everything that’s Great in Music … without Boundaries”

The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces its 2016-17 Season

Photo by Chris Lee

That’s how Yannick Nézet-Séguin describes The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2016-17 season, his fifth at the helm of the Fabulous Philadelphians. A bold statement to be sure, but as Will Rogers (among others) once said, “It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.” And boy can he! Consider the following:

January 13, 2016

Living the Dream with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert

On January 18 Philadelphia hosts the largest Martin Luther King Day of Service in the entire country … and it’s capped off with superb music from The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, all in honor of Dr. King.

Photo by Jeff Fusco

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