Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the world's leading orchestras. Beyond concerts at its home venue the Kimmel Center, the Orchestra performs for Philadelphia audiences during the summer months at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, as well as in venues across the region, and it tours internationally. Recently, the Orchestra was named BBC Music Magazine’s Orchestra of the Year, heralded the return of music to Carnegie Hall, and won a GRAMMY Award for the music of Florence Price.
The Philadelphia Orchestra produced a "Krzysztof Penderecki Week" in October 2008 to honor the prolific composer and conductor's 75th birthday. Penderecki joined the Orchestra for a variety of events, including the US premiere of his Concerto Grosso for three cellos and orchestra performed by cellists Arto Noras, Daniel Muller-Schott, and Han-Na Chang in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall; a performance of his chamber work by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Arto Noras; pre-concert lectures; and a composer-to-composer workshop open to the public and presented in collaboration with the American Composers Forum.