The Philadelphia Orchestra

9:12 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Great News For The Philadelphia Orchestra

Lead in text: 
More than a year after filing a petition for Chapter 11, The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is now out of the hole.
  • Source: Philly
  • | Via: The Philadelphia Inquirer/Peter Dobrin
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is out of bankruptcy.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Eric L. Frank approved the association's reorganization plan June 28, but with the writing of checks and completion of other administrative matters Monday and Tuesday, the curtain officially has come down on perhaps the most perilous episode in the history of the organization that supports and presents the storied ensemble."I feel like I'm getting out of jail," said orchestra chairman Richard B.
Creatively Speaking
12:58 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Yannick Nézet-Séguin On Stokowski

Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Marco Borggreve

As the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates the legacy of Leopold Stokowski, WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin.  He is among the most sought-after young conductors in the world; in September 2012 he starts his tenure as music director of the Orchestra.

News & Views
10:30 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra Celebrates Stokowski

Leopold Stokowski

It was 100 years ago that legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski stepped onto the podium as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the legacy of Stokowski, who is credited with shaping the distinctive "Philadelphia Sound."

Creatively Speaking
11:10 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Leopold Stokowski: The Man, The Music and The Myths

Leopold Stokowski (April 18, 1882 – September 13, 1977)

David Patrick Stearns considers the great conductor Leopold Stokowski - the man, the music, and the myths - as The Philadelphia Orchestra prepares for its 100-year celebration of their famed music director.

Listen to WRTI between June 16th and 22nd for special Stokowski programming!

WRTI Spotlight
6:37 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Leopold Stokowski Centennial Celebration on WRTI: June 16th to 22nd

Leopold Stokowski was committed to bringing classical music to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

It was 100 years ago that Leopold Stokowski, a young, up-and-coming conductor, became the music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra - transforming the ensemble, practically overnight, into a world-class organization. In his 28 years in Philadelphia, Stokowski presented American premieres of countless works, and was responsible for many “firsts” - from the first electrical recording, to the first commercially sponsored radio broadcast (1929), to the first series of concerts for children. 

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WRTI Spotlight
7:19 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Bankrupt At Home, Philly Orchestra Looks To China

The Philadelphia Orchestra, which declared bankruptcy last year, has been performing in China, where it is looking to develop new streams of revenue.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 8:17 pm

The Philadelphia Orchestra has just wrapped up a 10-day visit to China, its seventh trip to the country over the past four decades.

But this trip was different.

The orchestra is preparing to come out of bankruptcy, and this tour was about its survival. It hopes to balance its books by building new audiences and new revenues in the world's second-largest economy.

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Creatively Speaking
11:17 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Portuguese Pianist Maria João Pires

On a rare visit to the United States, the internationally renowned pianist and humanitarian Maria João Pires performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra last week. David Patrick Stearns explores the life and career of the great piano virtuoso.

Creatively Speaking
11:16 am
Sat May 26, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra Leaves for China

Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim and Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi speak with WRTI's Jim Cotter as the ensemble embarks on a new type of overseas excursion. While still featuring traditional concert performances in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Shanghai, the Orchestra's 2012 Residency Week and Tour of China will place a greater emphasis on community engagement.

News & Views
1:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Residency and Tour of China

Charles Dutoit

The Philadelphia Orchestra made history in 1973 as the first American orchestra to perform in China. This week, the Orchestra - led by Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit - is in Beijing for a residency in collaboration with China's National Center for Performing Arts. This marks the ensemble's fifth visit to China.

WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at how the Orchestra is engaging in activities beyond the concert hall, and expanding its relationships with the people of China. 

Classical Stories
10:37 am
Fri May 25, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra Files Plan of Reorganization

The Philadelphia Orchestra has filed its plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in which it has agreed to pay $5.49 million to creditors. Just over a year after seeking relief in bankruptcy court, the Orchestra has realigned key financial obligations by moving from a defined benefit to defined contribution retirement plan, renegotiating its lease with the Kimmel Center, and ending its relationship with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.

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