Known for its deep virtuosity, eclectic repertoire and matchless oeuvres, Philadelphia Orchestra is among the most renowned music ensembles in the US. With a history of more than a century, the orchestra is one of the “Big Five” American Orchestras. Committed to explore and advance in the classical genre, the group resonates with the modern audiences through its inspiring musical arrangements. With the start of its 2013-14 season, Philadelphia Orchestra has lined up a number of live shows including the Opening Night Gala at the Carnegie Hall. Refresh your senses with some of their greatest compositions.
Event: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Resident Hall: Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The Philadelphia Orchestra was founded in 1900 by Fritz Scheel. Serving as its first music director, Scheel started the orchestra with a handful of musicians. He conducted numerous memorable concerts in the early years. He guided the orchestra with his enlightening vision and remained the music director till 1907. After his death, Karl Pohlig took up the designation and served the group for four years.
Leopold Stokowski succeeded Pohlig as the third music director. His profound musicianship and attention steered the group towards great success. It became known for its rich “Philadelphia Sound” and achieved highest levels of artistic excellence. Stokowski served the ensemble for more than 25 years and in 1936, Eugene Ormandy emerged as the fourth music director. Under this new leadership, orchestra thrived further and released many recordings besides touring the country and the world. Ormandy remained with the group for almost 44 years, the longest tenure held by any music director in the orchestra’s history. During his period, the ensemble emerged as one of the internationally recognized orchestras. Ormandy was followed by Riccardo Muti who assumed the role in 1980. During his association with the group, the orchestra recorded famous works of Alexander Scriabin, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms and expanded its repertoire. Succeeding Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch became the new music director of the orchestra. He conducted the sessions with a fresh approach which caused minor uprising but everything went back to normal with time. He added revealing works of musicians like, Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann and Richard Strauss in the wide ranging musical catalog of the orchestra. In 2003, Sawallisch was titled as Conductor Laureate.
New Century, New Actions
Christoph Eschenbach took over the designation in 2003 and led the group with his different approach. The Philadelphia Orchestra also made musical arrangements to capture relatively younger and contemporary audiences. A lot of programs were focused on the education of classical and various other genres. This helped the group to adapt to the changing needs of the diverse listeners. In 2008, Charles Dutoit took over as the Chief Conductor, a newly created post in the orchestra. With his novel approach, he helped to bridge the artistic gap between the musicians and members of the orchestra which strengthened its standing in the country.
Yannick Nezet-Seguin was appointed as the new music director in 2012. His sound artistry and command over choral and opera music enabled him to connect with the musicians while conducting a musical session. Leading the ensemble members, Nezet-Seguin has opened new avenues of success for the orchestra.
Orchestra on Tour
Besides headlining its tour to China and various other countries along with its resident shows, the Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing at the Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala. Their concert features some of the most cherished symphonies presented by their world-class musicians. The Philadelphia Orchestra tickets remain in great demand during their annual season, which attracts multitudes of audiences to the orchestra. Be a part of this live experience and enjoy their inspiring melodies.