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August 08, 2016

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center Turns 50!

In 1961 discussions were begun for a summer venue for the New York Philharmonic at Saratoga Spa State Park. Local civic, cultural, and legislative leaders were galvanized into action. Within a week they held their first meeting; within a month they had won the support of State Conservation Commissioner, and begun discussions with both the Philharmonic and New York City Ballet. The group funded start-up costs out of their own pockets. Then came the more formidable challenge of demonstrating community-wide support to foundations and philanthropists whose backing would be critical.

July 18, 2016

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Philadelphians Reunited in Vail

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra reunited in Vail for three concerts, performing together for the first time since the end of the 2016 Tour of Asia. The powerhouse programs were July 14 with pianist Kirill Gerstein, July 15 with violinist Lisa Batiashvili, and July 16 with Mahler’s powerful “Resurrection” Symphony, featuring soprano Karina Gauvin, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the Colorado Symphony Chorus.

July 15, 2016

The Fabulous Philadelphians Return to Bravo! Vail

This is a summer of milestones, with the 40th anniversary of the Mann Center, the 50th anniversary of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and our 10th annual appearance at the Bravo! Vail festival.

June 07, 2016

2016 Asia, June 5: Tokyo

The last concert of the 2016 Tour of Asia & China Residency was a matinee in Tokyo at Suntory Hall. Pictured prior to the concert are trumpet players Anthony Prisk (background), Robert Early (left), and Associate Principal Jeffrey Curnow. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 04, 2016

2016 Asia, June 4: Kawasaki

The Orchestra made its debut in Kawasaki at the Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall. Photo by Jan Regan.

The concert begins with Sibelius’s Finlandia. Photo by Jan Regan.

Photo by Jan Regan.

June 03, 2016

2016 Asia, June 3: Tokyo

Luggage awaits musicians once they had returned to Tokyo from Osaka. Photo by Jan Regan.

The Orchestra was back in Tokyo for the first of two concerts at Suntory Hall, but first there was a sound check. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 03, 2016

2016 Asia, June 2: Osaka

The Orchestra traveled by train to Osaka for a concert. Violinist Elina Kalendarova has been joined on the tour by her father, Edward Kalendar. The two wait outside the Shinagawa Train Station in Tokyo before the 80-minute journey. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 02, 2016

2016 Asia, June 1: Tokyo

The Japan National Press Club hosted a performance and panel discussion on cultural exchange with Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore and four musicians for over 60 of Japan's leading journalists. Prior to the event, each musician and Allison (pictured) signed a special guestbook. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 31, 2016

2016 Asia, May 31: Tokyo

There’s a longstanding tradition when the Orchestra travels to Japan of challenging their colleagues from the Tokyo Symphony to a baseball game. This year the Philadelphia Firebirds pulled off a victory in the last inning. Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch took advantage of the warm-up period to pull out her Frisbee. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 29, 2016

2016 Asia, May 29: Macao

The Orchestra rehearsed in the morning for its second concert in Macao, which included some new repertoire for the tour: Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Tales from the Vienna Woods” Waltz, the Suite No. 1 from Bizet’s Carmen, and two works with violinist Ryu Goto, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto and Takemitsu’s Nostalghia: In Memory of Andrei Tarkovsky. Yannick and Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi discuss the score during the break of the rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.

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