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July 31, 2019

More than Just a Summer Camp

“Yes! Yes! That’s it. That’s the sound!”

Philadelphia Orchestra Acting Associate Principal Bass Joseph Conyers has his arms in the air, body arched, feet lifting off the floor as he exuberantly conducts a string ensemble at the Mann Center. The group before him is a welcome sight: young musicians from the Philadelphia region who are taking part in the inaugural All City Orchestra Summer Academy (ACOSA).

July 03, 2019

Get to Know Conductor Gemma New

Conductor Gemma New, recently named principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony, is in the midst of a meteoric rise in the classical music world, having made recent debuts with the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco and Detroit symphonies, among others. She adds The Philadelphia Orchestra to that list on July 24 when she makes her debut at the Mann Center with Voyage to the Moon: A 50th Anniversary Concert.

June 04, 2019

The Orchestra and Fairmount Park: A Match Made in Heaven

Hearing The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on a beautiful summer evening has always felt like an occasion. The resounding majesty of the Orchestra’s legendary sound provides a unique feeling both in the covered seating and, with amplification, for the audience on the upper lawn.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August

June 04, 2019

Robert Grossman - 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.

June 04, 2019

Linda Forlini - In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

“We are the first voice you hear.”

June 03, 2019

2019 China, May 27: Shanghai

Luggage collection begins in the hotel lobby for the majority of the tour party who are returning home. Photo by Chris Lee

Violinist Paul Arnold, who is also an accomplished photographer, gets in some last-minute photography. Photo by Chris Lee

May 31, 2019

2019 China, May 26: Nanjing—Shanghai

Orchestra stagehands (left to right) James Sweeney, Jr., Kenneth Pattinson, Dennis Moore, and James Barnes get ready to board the train for the two-hour ride from Nanjing to Shanghai. Photo by Chris Lee

May 31, 2019

A Note from the Stage Director of "Candide"

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is a coming-of-age story. The musical, and the Voltaire novel on which it is based, chronicles a loss of innocence and examines the philosophy of optimism and its breakdown. As a director, it’s always important for me to ask why we are telling this particular story right now, in 2019. What can Candide, as it traverses time periods and continents, teach us about growing up?

May 30, 2019

2019 China, May 25: Hangzhou—Nanjing

Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales and Associate Principal Trumpet Jeffrey Curnow share a laugh as they make their way to the buses that will take them to the Hangzhou East Train Station for the short ride to Nanjing. Photo by Chris Lee

The tour party arrives at Nanjing’s South Station. Photo by Chris Lee

May 30, 2019

2019 China: Guest Post from Violinist Amy Oshiro-Morales

6:30 AM—Awoke in Hangzhou to this gorgeous view of the water and city, though slightly smoggy. Breakfast at the hotel was a huge display that went on and on ... yum! It was impossible to see all of the choices in the first go-around. For those of you who are curious, there are plenty of Chinese and western food options. The full breakfasts are always something my husband (Ricardo Morales, principal clarinet) and I look forward to during tours!