Hidden from small

Hidden from small

December 2019

December 30, 2019

Beethoven@250: Celebrating Music Itself

The musical world this season celebrates the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. During the last big party, for the 1970 bicentennial, Leonard Bernstein declared, “It’s almost like celebrating the birthday of music itself.”

Ludwig van Beethoven, by Joseph Karl Stieler, from 1819–20

December 30, 2019

Beyond the Baton

A Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Photo by Chris Lee

From the January/February 2020 Playbill

This Month Yannick Talks about Farrenc’s Symphony No. 2.

December 30, 2019

Darrin Britting - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

If you’re enjoying this issue of Playbill, thank Darrin Britting. As director of publications and content development for The Philadelphia Orchestra, his various responsibilities include the venerable program booklet passed out at every concert.

December 30, 2019

David Nicastro - 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 Glen Cove, NY, but was raised in the Hague, the Netherlands, from ages 2 to 18.

What piece of music could you hear over and over again? J.S. Bach’s partitas, sonatas, and suites.

December 26, 2019

Stokowski & "Fantasia": A Quest for the Limelight

During Leopold Stokowski’s tenure as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra (1912-41), patrons would often line up around the block of the Academy of Music, even in poor weather, to hear the world-renowned ensemble. Stokowski began to dream of new formats to bring classical music to an even wider audience. In The Philadelphia Orchestra: A Century of Music, Joseph Horowitz explains: “Foremost in his thinking was Hollywood—its glamour, its mass impact and appeal.

December 13, 2019

My Love of Handel's "Messiah"

My love for George Frideric Handel’s Messiah borders on obsession.

December 13, 2019

World Violin Day 2019

As many may, or may not, be aware, December 13, 2019, is World Violin Day, making it the perfect time to take a closer look at Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Barbara Govatos’s Brothers Amati violin, which is 400 years old this year. Barbara sheds some light on this Cremonese family of violin makers, and how this particular instrument came to “own” her.

December 11, 2019

Christmas with the Vienna Boys Choir

What do Mozart, Bruckner, and Schubert have in common in addition to being renowned composers? They were all choir boys in the Viennese Court. The Vienna Boys Choir has attracted many great musicians since 1296 and have been delighting listeners for centuries since.