Philadelphia Orchestra

American symphony orchestra in Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Orchestra is an American orchestra. It is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It does over 130 subscription concerts a year from September to May.[1] In the summer the Orchestra performs an outdoor session for a month.[2] It originally gave concerts at the Academy of Music.[3] The orchestra was founded in 1900.[1] It has performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts since 2001.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, interior at night


Studio albums

Music Directors

  • Fritz Scheel (1900–1907)
  • Karl Pohlig (1908–1912)
  • Leopold Stokowski (1912–1938)
  • Eugene Ormandy (1936–1980)
  • Riccardo Muti (1980–1992)
  • Wolfgang Sawallisch (1993–2003)
  • Christoph Eschenbach (2003–2008)
  • Charles Dutoit (2008–2012, chief conductor)
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin (2012–present)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Philadelphia Orchestra; A Brief History". Archived from the original on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  2. "Philadelphia Orchestra (Symphony Orchestra)". Bach Cantatas. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  3. "The Historical Society of Pennsylvania collection of Academy of Music programs, playbills, and scrapbooks". The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 25 March 2015.