You never know where you're going to run into The Philadelphia Orchestra. An earthquake zone in China? Tokyo's Suntory Hall? Last week, as The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports, it was the Reading Terminal Market, where 11 string players crowded into the lunchtime bustle and invited everyday people to try their hand at conducting.
One of the better ideas of The Philadelphia Orchestraâ€™s tour of China and Japan turned out to be one of the toughest concerts of all: a SaturdayÂ morning pop-up performance by a quartet of French horn players at the ancient ruins of St Paul's Cathedral in Macau. The Philadelphia Inquirerâ€™s David Patrick Stearns withstood the tropical heat right along with them.
David Patrick Stearns reports on how The Philadelphia Orchestra turned the cancellation of a high-profile concert in New York City, into a triumphant civic celebration in Philadelphia. This, just days after an enthusiastic, 5,000-strong crowd gathered on Independence Mall to witness Opera Philadelphiaâ€™s season-opening production.