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All BEETHOVEN

Nov 3-4

Francisco Fullana plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto alongside the 7th Symphony.

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All BEETHOVEN

Nov 3-4
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2019/2020

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Musical Excellence

Consummate Artistry

Unparalleled Intimacy 

 

Our Mission

To be a sustainable musical institution that brings the intimate experience of a world-class chamber orchestra performance to the greater Philadelphia area, enriching the musical life of the City and region by the integrity and excellence of its musicianship, the boldness and vitality of its programming, and by cultivating and building the loyalty of its audiences, musicians and supporters.

Founded in 1964.

Discover a New Season

Martinez Plays Mozart

Oct 6 | 2:30
Oct 7 | 7:30

Joseph Haydn – March for the Royal Society of Musicians
Michael Nyman – The Piano for Strings
W. Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan
Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 6, Little C Major

Dirk Brossé, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, piano

All Beethoven

Nov 3 | 2:30
Nov 4 | 7:30

Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto, Op. 61
Dirk Brossé – Ode an die Freude, recomposed
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7, Op. 92

Dirk Brossé, conductor
Francisco Fullana, violin

Music of the Enlightenment

Jan 26 | 2:30
Jan 27 | 7:30

Antonio Vivaldi – Overture to L’Olimpiade
C.P.E. Bach – Sinfonia No. 1 in G major
W. Amadeus Mozart – Adagio and Rondo
Luigi Boccherini – Minuet in A, G.275
Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto for Strings in G minor
W. Amadeus Mozart – Serenata Notturna in D major

 Jeffrey Brillhart, conductor & harpsichord
Friedrich Heinrich Kern, glass harmonica

Á la Française

Feb 23 | 2:30
Feb 24 | 7:30

Charles Gounod – Petite Symphonie for Wind Nonet
Camille Saint-Saëns – Havanaise
Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une infante défunte
Maurice Ravel – Tzigane
Gabriel Fauré – Masques et bergamasques
Claude Debussy/Busser – Petite Suite

Dirk Brossé, conductor
Danbi Um, violin
Astral Spotlight Artist

Music of Dance,
Ballet to Bandoneon

Apr 5 | 2:30
Apr 6 | 7:30

Igor Stravinsky – Concerto in D for String Orchestra
Roberto Di Marino – Concerto for Bandoneon and String Orchestra
Astor Piazzolla – Oblivion
Jennifer Higdon – Dance Card
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings

Geoffrey McDonald, conductor
Cesare Chiacchiaretta, bandoneon

Tchaikovsky & Beethoven

May 17 | 2:30
May 18 | 7:30

Francis Poulenc – Two Marches and an Interlude
Malcolm Arnold – Sinfonietta No. 2
Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Variations on a Rococo Theme
Dirk Brossé – Elegy for Cello and Chamber Orchestra
Ludvig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 8

Dirk Brossé, conductor
Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello

Discover a New Season

Martinez Plays Mozart

Oct 6 | 2:30
Oct 7 | 7:30

Joseph Haydn – March for the Royal Society of Musicians
Michael Nyman – The Piano for Strings
W. Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan
Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 6, Little C Major

Dirk Brossé, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, piano

All Beethoven

Nov 3 | 2:30
Nov 4 | 7:30

Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto, Op. 61
Dirk Brossé – Ode an die Freude, recomposed
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7, Op. 92

Dirk Brossé, conductor
Francisco Fullana, violin

Music of the Enlightenment

Jan 26 | 2:30
Jan 27 | 7:30

Antonio Vivaldi – Overture to L’Olimpiade
C.P.E. Bach – Sinfonia No. 1 in G major
W. Amadeus Mozart – Adagio and Rondo
Luigi Boccherini – Minuet in A, G.275
Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto for Strings in G minor
W. Amadeus Mozart – Serenata Notturna in D major

 Jeffrey Brillhart, conductor & harpsichord
Friedrich Heinrich Kern, glass harmonica

Á la Française

Feb 23 | 2:30
Feb 24 | 7:30

Charles Gounod – Petite Symphonie for Wind Nonet
Camille Saint-Saëns – Havanaise
Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une infante défunte
Maurice Ravel – Tzigane
Gabriel Fauré – Masques et bergamasques
Claude Debussy/Busser – Petite Suite

Dirk Brossé, conductor
Danbi Um, violin
Astral Spotlight Artist

Music of Dance,
Ballet to Bandoneon

Apr 5 | 2:30
Apr 6 | 7:30

Igor Stravinsky – Concerto in D for String Orchestra
Roberto Di Marino – Concerto for Bandoneon and String Orchestra
Astor Piazzolla – Oblivion
Jennifer Higdon – Dance Card
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings

Geoffrey McDonald, conductor
Cesare Chiacchiaretta, bandoneon

Tchaikovsky & Beethoven

May 17 | 2:30
May 18 | 7:30

Francis Poulenc – Two Marches and an Interlude
Malcolm Arnold – Sinfonietta No. 2
Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Variations on a Rococo Theme
Dirk Brossé – Elegy for Cello and Chamber Orchestra
Ludvig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 8

Dirk Brossé, conductor
Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello

About

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, is a 33-member professional ensemble led by Music Director, Sir Dirk Brossé.  Established in 1964 by Marc Mostovoy, and originally named Concerto Soloists, the orchestra has a well-established reputation for distinguished performances of repertoire spanning the Baroque period through the 21st century.

The inception of the ensemble was motivated, in part, by the desire to provide performance opportunities for young professional musicians emerging from the Curtis Institute of Music and other regional training programs, as well as the intention to contribute meaningfully to the region’s cultural life. Over time, its mission and programming have broadened, inspired by a desire to help secure the future of classical repertoire by placing it in a broader context of contemporary works (including new commissions), other musical genres and traditions, and lesser-known pieces from the traditional repertoire which deserve modern audience attention. Creative collaborations with other major arts institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Clef Club of Jazz, and the Annenberg Center, have been a key focus of those ambitions – all with the intention of enriching the musical experiences of Philadelphia audiences through original programming choices that stretch boundaries and invite fresh perspectives.  In total, the organization has commissioned and premiered over seventy new works. It remains committed to showcasing emerging young performers of exceptional talent.

Ignat Solzhenitsyn, a concert pianist and conducting graduate from the Curtis Institute, was named Principal Conductor in 1998 and Music Director in 2004. As Conductor Laureate (since 2010), Maestro Solzhenitsyn has gone on to a distinguished international career as concert pianist and conductor but remains closely associated with the Orchestra. 

The current Music Director is Maestro Sir Dirk Brossé, a composer and conductor of international acclaim who performs regularly with major orchestras around the world. Maestro Brossé is a prolific and versatile composer, whose broad body of work encompasses concerti, oratorios, lieder, chamber music and symphonic pieces, as well as scores for cinema, television and stage.

Over the course of the ensemble’s rich and diverse history, the Chamber Orchestra has performed with a remarkable roster of world-renowned artists, including Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Rudolf Serkin, The Eroica Trio, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Steven Isserlis, Joseph Silverstein, and Catherine Michel, as well as virtuosos of contemporary music genres such as Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Mark O’Connor, Elvis Costello, and Sylvia McNair.

In the 2019-2020 subscription season, the Orchestra will perform six concert programs, from October through May, in the Kimmel Center’s 600-seat Perelman Theater.

Dirk Brossé

Staff

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