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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.

November 20, 2019

An Inspiring Leader

As Board Chairman Richard B. Worley Prepares to Step Down, We Look Back at His 10-Year Tenure

Richard B. Worley is certainly well known in the world of finance, and in boardrooms of Philadelphia and beyond. His financial prowess and philanthropic generosity are legendary in the donor community. But concertgoers may not be aware of the extraordinary contributions he’s made to their beloved Philadelphia Orchestra over the past decade, during his term as chairman of the Board of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association.

November 20, 2019

Shelley Showers - 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 Reading, PA, but spent most of my childhood in Lancaster.

November 20, 2019

Lisa and Peter DiLullo - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

Peter and Lisa DiLullo first began going to occasional Philadelphia Orchestra concerts over 20 years ago. But it took a generous offer from close friends with a subscription to really get them hooked.

“They began inviting us to come into Center City regularly, have dinner, and see the Orchestra,” says Peter. “The music was great! It became an evening out that we really enjoyed.”

November 19, 2019

Firebird Wings Take Flight in the Kimmel Center

The Philadelphia Orchestra has teamed up with Mural Arts Philadelphia to offer concertgoers a unique experience this week as they enter the Kimmel Center for The Firebird. Complementing Stravinsky’s dynamic myth of feathered flight in Verizon Hall, patrons can transform themselves into a firebird—wings and all—thanks to a special art installation on loan from the Mural Arts’ Color Me Back program.

November 18, 2019

2019 Asia, November 11-16: Seoul—Shanghai—Beijing

The majority of the Orchestra returned home to Philadelphia, but a string quartet of musicians (violinist Mei Ching Huang and Associate Principal Second Violin Paul Roby, violist Meng Wang, and Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni) and a few staff members headed off to China for a week of residency activities. 

Violinist Booker Rowe boards the bus to the airport for the flight home. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

November 14, 2019

2019 Asia, November 10: Seoul

The lobby of the Seoul Arts Center, the venue for the Orchestra’s final concert of the tour. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang warms up on stage while the piano gets a final tuning before the audience filters in. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

November 10, 2019

2019 Asia, November 8-9: Tokyo—Seoul—Incheon

Members of the Patron Tour line up outside the Orchestra’s hotel in Tokyo to wish them safe journey to Seoul. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The line at the gate to board the flight. Photo by Todd Rosenberg