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Philadelphia: Classical Music, Orchestras

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Philadelphia Classical Music: Classical Music Orchestras Around Philadelphia

Philadelphians – and those who visit the city – can take advantage of many fine local orchestras, notably the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Each listing features information on location, ticket prices, transportation/parking, orchestra history and other points of interest.

Camerata Philadelphia

With a repertoire that transcends classical mediums to include symphonic works, chamber pieces, and choral compositions, Camerata Philadelphia maintains a strong civic focus.  This local commitment includes the Philadelphia Youth Ensemble—a conglomeration of ensembles designed for all skill levels that includes an annual summer camp—and the Philadelphia Community Conservatory, which offers private music lessons, masterclasses, and seminars. The camerata’s featured composers have included Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Beethoven, Mozart, Clara Wieck …more…

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

What in 1964 began as the Concerto Soloists 16 has grown into the 33-member ensemble and resident company of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, now called The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.  The orchestra’s many high-profile collaborations have included performances with classical artists Isaac Stern, Plácido Domingo, The Eroica Trio, and Luciano Pavarotti, and pop artists Julie Andrews, Elvis Costello, Bernadette Peters, and Ben Folds.

In addition to a diverse …more…

Orchestra 2001

Sometimes the best way to succinctly explain an orchestra’s impact on the performance landscape—particularly the “new music” landscape—is with numbers. Since its beginnings in 1988, Philadelphia’s Orchestra 2001 has premiered more than 90 compositions and performed more than 250 works by 130 different American composers, with more than half of those compositions being written by Philadelphia-area artists.

The ensemble has also interpreted the works of such seminal 20th century composers as …more…

Philadelphia Orchestra

Founded in 1900, the Philadelphia Orchestra is regarded as one of the leading orchestras in the world. Its newly appointed chief conductor and artistic adviser Charles Dutoit follows in a rich tradition of excellent musical advisors including Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Christoph Eschenbach. In addition to the regular series, the Philadelphia Orchestra also offers chamber music and family concerts suitable for …more…

Philly Pops

Led by conductor, pianist, and founding Music Director Peter Nero, the ensemble brings a populist approach to the orchestral medium, covering the genres of swing, Broadway, 50s rock, and more. The Philly POPS concerts are varied, and suitable for families, nostalgia seekers, and live music lovers alike. Since 2000, the orchestra has also been accompanied in concert by the vocal ensemble The Voices of the POPS. ...more...

Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra)

Tempesta di Mare is Philadelphia’s only full-time organization dedicated to the performance of Baroque music. Consisting of two ensembles—the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra and the Chamber Players, the group plays on period instruments, presenting works by hallmark composers like Bach, Handel, and Telemann alongside modern-day world premieres of rare works by Johann Friedrich Fasch and Johann Gottlieb Janitch. In addition to touring outside the city, Tempesta di Mare performs 10 concerts …more…