Part of: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for a legacy of imagination and innovation on and off the concert stage. The orchestra is inspiring the future and transforming its rich tradition of achievement, sustaining the highest level of artistic quality, but also challenging—and exceeding—that level by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s connection to the orchestra’s musicians has been praised by both concertgoers and critics since his inaugural season in 2012. Under his leadership, the orchestra returned to recording, with two celebrated CDs on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label, continuing its history of recording success. The orchestra also reaches thousands of listeners on the radio with weekly Sunday-afternoon broadcasts on WRTI-FM.
The orchestra continues to discover new and inventive ways to nurture its relationship with its loyal patrons at its home in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and also with those who enjoy the orchestra’s area performances at the Mann Center, Penn’s Landing, and other cultural, civic, and learning venues. The orchestra maintains a strong commitment to collaborations with cultural and community organizations on a regional and national level, all of which create greater access and engagement with classical music as an art form.
The Philadelphia Orchestra serves as a catalyst for cultural activity across Philadelphia’s many communities, building an offstage presence as strong as its onstage one. With Mr. Nézet-Séguin, a dedicated body of musicians, and one of the nation’s richest arts ecosystems, the orchestra has launched its HEAR initiative, a portfolio of integrated initiatives that promotes Health, champions music Education, eliminates barriers to Accessing the orchestra, and maximizes impact through Research. The orchestra’s award-winning Collaborative Learning programs engage more than 50,000 students, families, and community members through programs such as PlayINs, side-by-sides, PopUP concerts, free Neighborhood Concerts, School Concerts, and residency work in Philadelphia and abroad.
Through concerts, tours, residencies, presentations, and recordings, the orchestra is a global cultural ambassador for Philadelphia and for the US. Having been the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s Republic of China, in 1973 at the request of President Nixon, the ensemble today boasts new five-year partnerships with Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts and the Shanghai Media Group. The orchestra annually performs at Carnegie Hall, while also enjoying summer residencies in Saratoga Springs and Vail. For more information, please visit philorch.org.
Three-time Grammy Award–winning violinist and Philadelphia Orchestra 2017–2018 artist-in-residence Hilary Hahn is renowned for her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative programming. She was 14 years old when she made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 1993 as a winner of the Children’s Division of the orchestra’s Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition. As artist-in-residence this season, she plays a free concert to promote the eZseatU college membership program, performs in two subscription weeks and a Chamber Postlude, and participates in the orchestra’s ongoing educational activities. Also in the 2017–2018 season, she returns to repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries, performing the Tchaikovsky and Dvořák concertos and Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto across the US and Europe. In addition to concerts with the Philadelphians, she performs Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with the Houston Symphony at home and on tour in Belgium, Poland, Austria, and Germany as part of the celebrations of Bernstein’s centennial season.
Ms. Hahn has released 16 albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, in addition to three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, an award-winning recording for children, and various compilations. Her recordings have received every critical prize in the international press and have met with equal popular success. Her 17th album will be a retrospective collection that also contains new live material and art from her fans, in keeping with a decades-long tradition of collecting fan art at concerts.
Ms. Hahn is an avid writer, posting journal entries on her website, hilaryhahn.com, and publishing articles in mainstream media. On her YouTube channel, youtube.com/hilaryhahnvideos, she interviews colleagues about their experiences in music. In addition, her violin case comments on life as a traveling companion on Twitter and Instagram at @violincase. In 2001, she was named America’s Best Classical Musician by TIME magazine. She has participated in a number of non-classical productions, collaborating on two records by the alt-rock band … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, on the album Grand Forks by guitarist Tom Brosseau, and on tour with folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.