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Continuing Our Journey in 2011 and Beyond

2010-11: A Season of Renewal for the Philadelphia Classical Symphony

Founded in 1993 by Artistic Director Karl Middleman, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony is a professional chamber orchestra committed to promoting new ways of appreciating classical music. Rooted in a scholarly understanding of the music and its historical context, its visceral and engaging concerts challenge the traditional concert experience with an edginess that young audiences find appealing and an irreverence that contemporary audiences enjoy.

A New Strategic Plan

Thanks to a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony has embarked on a season-long strategic planning process to renew its mission ? now in its 18th Season ? of making classical music accessible to music lovers of all ages in the Delaware Valley.

The exploration now underway is being facilitated by arts consultant David Bury of David Bury & Associates. DB&A has helped hundreds of other arts and cultural non-profit organizations realize their largest visions ? from small, artist-driven enterprises to national service organizations. Its clients include the Orchestra of St. Luke?s (New York), Handel House Museum (London), the Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany), the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (Detroit), and the American Composers Forum.

Ambitious Goals

Through in-depth meetings with the Classical Symphony?s members, patrons, and audience, the Strategic Planning Group expects to:

? Develop a new season of musical journeys under the direction of Artistic Director Karl Middleman. Like past programs, these will be thematic, with programs on: Winds Alive, Musical Pictures ?On Loan? from an Exhibition, American Mosaics (IV and V), and The Great Outdoors.

? Embrace new music as it has in the past, pairing local composers and artists in compositions for seldom heard solo instruments.

? Renew its commitment to building new audiences and outreach to young audiences through its unique and highly visible program of American Indian music based on the Lenape (Delaware) tribe, American Mosaics, which has reached thousands of students in the Delaware Valley.

? Create a revitalized management structure attuned to the challenges facing the arts and cultural community today.

Continuing Our Journey in 2011 and Beyond

Although this year?s programming is scaled back, the Symphony?s commitment to audience engagement is larger than ever. Upcoming programs include:

Winds Alive

Full orchestra performances will return in 2011 with Winds Alive, a program featuring double concertos for clarinet, bassoon and strings, including a world premiere performance of a work by Jan Krzywicki commissioned by the Philadelphia Classical Symphony.

Concerts & Croissants

During its planning process, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony?s musical journeys with Karl Middleman continue with its Concerts & Croissants program, a series of eight intimate house concerts reminiscent of the salon concerts that thrilled audiences in Mozart?s day.

Reawakenings of American Indian Music

Our Reawakenings of American Indian Music has earned support from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Arts Council, and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. The program has established four residency programs in local schools and introduced more than 1,600 local students to American Indian music and culture.

We Welcome Your Support

To support the Symphony?s mission and help us continue to bring a unique voice to the Greater Philadelphia cultural community, please contact us at 215-228-2224 or e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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