The Philadelphia Orchestra: Beauty in classic execution
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It takes a true passion for the arts and a lifetime dedication to perfecting that art, combined with a delicate and impassioned relationship with music to become part of a symphony. For those who have made it with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the dream is underscored by the magnificence in the orchestral execution of classic compositions that bring to life emotion through sound and understanding.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has its beginnings routed as early as 1900 when it was founded by a small group of musicians led by pianist F. Cresson Schell. After several years they would become notable for performing an exclusive concert for the White House in 1906, and in 1907 the orchestra would be taken over by Leandro Campanari following Schell’s illness and eventual death. It’s currently lead by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a French Canadian conductor and pianist who also holds leadership with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Listening to the symphonies performed by the orchestra is a real treat. Their recordings are anything but bombastic, and focus on the element of storytelling so integrated in the music composed and arranged for orchestra’s such as these. While listening you may well find yourself whisked away to another state of being completely. There is a surge of emotion and the even flow of character within the compositions they undertake to perform at each concert.

Most recently, The Philadelphia Orchestra opened at this year’s run at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and will be performing there through Aug. 23.

The real thrill of listening to the classic stylings of a group of musicians like this is that it’s unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. Many will recognize the scores set for film and dramatic effect, as music seeps in through every facet of our lives, whether we recognize it or not. With great execution, and beautiful arrangements, The Philadelphia Orchestra is an event that you don’t want to miss out on. If just once in your life you sit down to listen to classical music played live and find how it affects the human soul, this is the one to see.