The Philadelphia Orchestra has faced hard times like orchestras across the country. Concermaster David Kim explains that the problems facing the Orchestra have left its performers in a state of unrest. A new music Director has been enlisted to reboot this downwards spiral and hopefully restore the orchestra to its former grandeur.
Everywhere you look right now, it seems like American symphony orchestras are fighting for their lives — strikes, lockouts, bankruptcy. Perhaps the biggest example is the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, which is just coming out of its own bankruptcy. Tonight, its new 37-year-old music director takes the podium as the venerable orchestra begins a reboot.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has been one of the world's greatest orchestras since it was founded in 1900. Thanks in part to famed music directors like Eugene Ormandy and Leopold Stokowski, Philadelphia's historic recordings feature a rich, warm sound that remains the hallmark of the orchestra to this day.
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