The Philadelphia Orchestra

1 Dec 2016


Yannick Nézet-Séguin, photo by Chris Lee.

Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the world's leading orchestras. The Orchestra presents a subscription season in Philadelphia each year from September to May, in addition to education and community partnership programs. It also annually appears at Carnegie Hall and tours throughout China. In 2010, the Orchestra received Center support to present the first Philadelphia performances of works by Richard Danielpour and Bright Sheng. Danielpour's A Woman's Life was based on text by Maya Angelou and was co-commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, the Orchestra received a Project grant to present Ludwig van Beethoven's renowned but rarely performed Missa solemnis in a production featuring a projection and light installation by Refik Anadol, intended to immerse audiences in a virtual, multi-denominational cathedral. In 2021, the Orchestra received a Re:imagining Recovery grant to gather input from audiences, community members, and musicians to create a more inclusive organization as it advances internal cultural transformation.