Philadelphia Orchestra in Summer Home Stretch


In just a few days, it'll seem like everyone you know is in Maine, Vermont, the Berkshires or Ocean City. The city will be just a little more quiet. And the Philadelphia Orchestra will have gone off to Saratoga Springs for its August residency. So better catch the ensemble now in its last local week for a while. It's Verdi and Rachmaninoff. Then Tchaikovsky and fireworks. Lang Lang, a frequenct Mann visitor, brings Herbie Hancock with him. And then Friday night the orchestra does a free neighborhood concert at Deliverance Evangelistic Church.

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In the meantime, this summer's substantial renovations to the orchestra's former home, the Academy of Music, are nearing completion. This photo shows the Academy's new windows on left, on the Broad Street side, with old windows on Locust Street to the right. More details on that tomorrow. Suffice it to say that despite tens of million of dollars being spent on restoration of the building since 1994, major projects are still being planned.