(Credit: Hans van der Woerd)
The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced its revised fall season of digital programming.
The company will film performances without an audience; these showcases will then be presented on a weekly basis on the orchestra’s Digital Stage platform.
The theme of the orchestra’s season, titled “Our World NOW,” will reflect the cultural and musical zeitgeist with recent works from composers such as Gabriela Lena Frank, Valerie Coleman, Vivian Fung, Missy Mazzoli, and Jessie Montgomery, among standard repertoire from Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Mahler, Mozart, Vivaldi, Florence Price, and George Walker.
Audiences can also stream free concerts performed by small ensembles at iconic venues and Black-owned businesses in the Philadelphia region, such as the National Marian Anderson Museum, Harriett’s Bookshop, the Historic Belmont Mansion/ Underground Railroad Museum, and The Franklin Institute. The orchestra’s monthly “HearTOGETHER” series will focus on social justice, creative equity, and inclusion, featuring industry leaders and guest artists.
On September 8, the orchestra will share a sneak peek at its upcoming programming with a filmed performance from August 6 at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the first time the organization has played together since March 12.
“I cannot wait to be reunited with my beloved Philadelphia Orchestra,” writes Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin. “To be able to capture this feeling and this moment—which will surely be full of emotion—and to share it with the world will be incredibly special. I am so proud of how The Philadelphia Orchestra has continued to bring the joy of music to audiences throughout this difficult time. Though we cannot be together with our fans in person this fall, music will continue to connect us in powerful ways.”