American Boychoir

It was on the 2nd of March, 100 years ago, that The Philadelphia Orchestra was, in effect, introduced to the world. The stage of the Academy of Music had to be extended, at considerable expense, to accommodate the enormous vocal and orchestral forces for the first United States performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, the so-called “Symphony of a Thousand.”

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the St. Matthew Passion.

The Philadelphia Orchestra lends its lush sound to familiar and timeless holiday classics and carols on this Sunday's archival Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast from 2004. The Glorious Sound of Christmas, named for the Orchestra’s best-selling Christmas album, is an annual Philadelphia Orchestra tradition and the perfect way to begin your holiday celebrations.