Robert Whalen
 
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Robert
Whalen

conductor/composer

RESERVE TICKETS TO OPERA PHILADELPHIA’S 2019-2020 SEASON

O19 FESTIVAL: Semele and Love For Three Oranges

September 19-29, 2019
Perelman Theater/Academy of Music

Verdi’s REQUIEM

January 31 - February 2, 2020
Academy of Music

 

NEWS: IN 2019, ROBERT JOINS OPERA PHILADELPHIA
TO ASSIST IN THE 2019-2020 SEASON.


“The diabolical enthusiasm [of] Katherine Skovira and Robert Whalen left me nearly begging for mercy...
the artistic equivalent of NASA's New Horizons.”

— The Philadelphia Inquirer: "The future of Philadelphia music"


“Music director and conductor Robert Whalen led the University of Chicago’s chamber orchestra in a wonderful reading of the score. His leadership showed just what this ensemble is capable of doing. It was the best performance from the pit that I have ever heard from this group. I hope he has a long and productive future...”

— Hyde Park Herald

You won’t grow by doing the expected, the conventional...
— Dr. Albert Barnes to Maestro Stokowski

 

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Opera Philadelphia:

Robert joins the artistic team of Opera Philadelphia to assist in Madame Butterfly, Semele, Love for Three Oranges, and Verdi’s Requiem.

Learn about the 2019-2020 - read more here.

Philadelphia Orchestra Press Release

September 19, 2018 - Read it here.

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Opera Philadelphia September 2019 - May 2020

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SoundLAB, a contemporary music ensemble led by Music Director Robert Whalen and Artistic Director Katherine Skovira, performs curated programs that advocate for the work of living composers and the voices of contemporary musicians. SoundLAB debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Barnes-Stokowski Festival this October 15-18, 2018, with four days of events and concerts. These curated programs will extend the musical influences of Barnes and Stokowski into the present day with notable U.S. and Philadelphia premieres of works by living composers. SoundLAB’s two concerts (October 16 and 18) feature the JACK Quartet as guest artists and Augusta Read Thomas as Composer-in-Residence alongside contemporary musicians from around the world.

Just as Barnes and Stokowski supported the growth of innovative art in Philadelphia, SoundLAB’s two chamber concerts of contemporary repertoire will serve as a laboratory for new music in Philadelphia, on October 16 at the American Philosophical Society and on October 18 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

For more information, visit www.soundlabensemble.com and read the official press release at https://www.philorch.org/press-room/news/.



SPONSORS and PARTNERS

The participation of SoundLAB in the Barnes/Stokowski Festival has been made possible through the New Music Fund, a program of FACE Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Florence Gould Foundation, Fondation CHANEL, the French Ministry of Culture, the Institut Français-Paris, and SACEM (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs, et Editeurs de Musique).

Additional support is generously provided by the University of Pennsylvania Music Department’s Contemporary Music Series and the American Composers Forum Philadelphia Chapter.

We would like to give special thanks to Flute Pro Shop, Night Vision Rentals and Christopher Andrew Studios, the American Philosophical Society, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music.