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Stands a Boxer

Daron Hagen | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

As conductor Laura Jackson conducted the Wintergreen Music Festival Orchestra the other night in the "Three Sky Interludes" from Amelia, my 2010 opera for the Seattle Opera, there were several times when she cued the players with what shall have been for a boxer a lethal uppercut.

Fab Phils Pumped for European Tour

Lew Whittington | Posted 05.28.2015 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Sergei Rachmaninoff 's Symphony no. 3, composed in the mid-30s, was also a commission by the Philadelphia Orchestra. It has a surface of the composer's signature romanticism, but he blasts through that shape shifting to something more aggressive.

YNS Crosses Many Borders, Musical and Otherwise

Lew Whittington | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

He is further looking to 'erase' the long held conventions of certain works for classical orchestras of selected repertoire for subscription audiences, for instance, that leads to a staid play list.

YNS Pumps Up the Fab Phils Volume Before Asian Tour

Lew Whittington | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

US-China relations have their ups and downs but the Philadelphia Orchestra is about to continue their series of musical cultural exchange with China.

Playing From the Heart

China Hands | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
China Hands

In recent years, there has been a revival in interest in classical music in China that is aiming to shake China's traditional emphasis on technical superiority and instead emphasize emotion.

From Russia, With Musical Love

Lew Whittington | Posted 04.12.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

In recent weeks the Philadelphia Orchestra has performed several programs around music of Tchaikovsky, while just block away the Academy of Vocal Arts was performing a small scale, but vocally big production of Pique Dame (the Queen of Spades).

Maestros Ready

Lew Whittington | Posted 02.22.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

The pianist played some passages in the old style, with palm raised and fingers rigid, pounding the keyboard, but not for show, and the technical dexterity of the runs just transported.

Fab Phils Lusty Rite

Lew Whittington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

2013 marked the centenary of the premiere of the The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du Printemp) the ballet score by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky that caused a riot in its Paris premiere.

WATCH: Orchestra Gives Impromptu Concert Aboard A Plane

Posted 06.18.2013 | Arts

What better way to help pass the time during a three hour flight delay than listen to an impromptu classical music concert? This is exactly what h...

Fab Phils Grand Slam Closer

Lew Whittington | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to China on their eighth tour at the end of their concert season in Philly.

Doing More About Diversity in America's Orchestras

Jesse Rosen | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

The next time orchestras are taken to task for being too European, too Caucasian, and too male-dominated, one might reference the new and growing generation of music directors who bring an inclusive sensibility and dimension to artistic leadership.

A Winning Formula

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Yannick Nézet-Séguinmost most appealing trait is the keen aggression he has, tempered by superb restraint. Add to that his youthful enthusiasm and openness, his will to succeed and the friendly and positive mood he inspires in the orchestra members, and you've got a winner.

Yannick and Hugh, Classic for Classical at Academy concert

Lew Whittington | Posted 04.02.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Since taking over his full musical directorship of the Philadelphia Orchestra, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has done as much as any single perso...

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Wows With Shostakovich

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 03.24.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

This Canadian conductor and American orchestra performed one of the best Shostakovich I have ever heard from non-Russians.

From Russia, With Musical Love

Lew Whittington | Posted 01.27.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Unlike a musical like West Side, Nevsky presents challenges of long stretches of no music whatsoever and the dialogue is still dicey in sections. The movie was itself key in bringing back the lost art of live orchestra playing under a film.

Why Music Is Important: The Orchestra Crisis

Tony Woodcock | Posted 12.28.2012 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Musicians and orchestras are extraordinary treasures, and to deny them a place in our society is to deprive everyone of one of the most positive and magical experiences in life.

West Side Never Sounded Better

Lew Whittington | Posted 12.16.2012 | Arts
Lew Whittington

The artistic excellence all around was much appreciated by this audience, who stayed as the credits rolled, lustily applauding Bernstein, Sondheim, Robbins, and of course, the luminous Natalie Wood.

Lucas Kavner

Not Your Grandmother's 'Rite of Spring': How Do We Make Classical Music More Accessible? | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.10.2012 | Home

In 1913, classical music sparked a riot in Paris. Igor Stravinsky was introducing his revolutionary "Rite of Spring" ballet to the world, with its ...

HowThe Philly Orchestra Exited Bankruptcy

AP | Posted 08.01.2012 | Home

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Orchestra is out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A month after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved its reorganization p...

Renowned Symphony's Bankruptcy Plan, Approved!

AP | Posted 06.29.2012 | Home

PHILADELPHIA -- A judge has approved the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy reorganization plan, ending more than a year of uncertainty about the ren...

The Battle To Remove An Artistic Director

AP | Posted 08.12.2012 | Home

PHILADELPHIA — The Philly Pops wants to get rid of the artistic director who has been its leader for more than three decades, saying his contrac...

ITF Paris 2012: Why Are No Women Invited as Soloists or Composers?

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Joan E. Dowlin

I was hoping that by the year 2012, women brass players would be widely accepted and respected by the classical music world. Apparently not in the ITF.

Slash Your Local Orchestra

David Beem | Posted 06.11.2012 | Arts
David Beem

She can no longer sustain it on her own. Her portion of the burden is too large, or maybe she passes away, and the orchestra declares bankruptcy. Sounds too fatalistic? It's happening now. It's been happening for years. If you live near an orchestra, you know. And if you don't -- who cares?

Chinese Government Enlists Top US Orchestra

AP | By JOANN LOVIGLIO | Posted 11.22.2011 | Arts

PHILADELPHIA -- Nearly four decades after becoming the first American symphony to tour Communist China, the Philadelphia Orchestra announced it will e...

The Day The Music Died: Major Orchestra Files For Bankruptcy

AP | By RON TODT | Posted 06.16.2011 | Business

PHILADELPHIA -- The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, long considered one of the best in the nation, will be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy pro...