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The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Performance

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Classical Series

Date & Price

Friday, November 16 at 8:00 pm 

Exhibition Hall


Reserved Seating: $40

Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $34*

Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission


Tickets limited. Sell out likely.

Longwood Debut

A founding resident company of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is a 33-member professional ensemble led by Music Director Dirk Brossé. In this performance, small ensembles of musicians from the chamber orchestra spotlight music and composers influenced by and originating from musical traditions along the Silk Road.

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More about The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Founded in 1964 by Marc Mostovoy, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (COP) has a well-established reputation for distinguished performances of repertoire from the Baroque period through the 21st century.

The Chamber Orchestra’s development was motivated, in part, by the desire to provide performance opportunities to young professional musicians emerging from the Curtis Institute of Music and other regional training programs, but also by a desire to make a substantial contribution to the city and the region’s cultural life. In addition to presenting its own productions, the Chamber Orchestra started to develop an entrepreneurial business model by seeking other performance opportunities among the region’s presenter/producer community, thereby providing supplementary employment for its members. The ensemble has also championed new music, with a focus on local composers. In total, the organization has commissioned and premiered more than 70 new works. 

Over the course of the ensemble’s rich and diverse history, COP has performed with such internationally acclaimed guest artists as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Rudolph Serkin, The Eroica Trio, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Romero Guitar Quartet, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Ben Folds, Branford Marsalis, Elvis Costello, Sylvia McNair, Steven Isserlis, Joseph Silverstein, Ransom Wilson, Gerard Schwarz, Jahja Ling, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, among others. The ensemble travels regularly, having toured the United States, Europe, and Israel. 

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More about Dirk Brossé, Music Director

Sir Dirk Brossé, born in Ghent, Belgium, is a multi-faceted composer and a respected conductor on the international music scene. He is currently Music Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Music Director of the Film Festival Ghent, and Music Director and principal conductor of the Star Wars In Concert World Tour.

Brossé began his music studies at the Music Conservatories of Ghent. He subsequently specialized in conducting, which he studied in Maastricht, Vienna, and Cologne. He is currently Professor of Composition and Conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Ghent. Brossé has conducted all the leading Belgian orchestras, among them, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Flemish Opera, and the National Orchestra of Belgium.

Outside his native Belgium, he has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Shanghai, the Vancouver Opera, the KBS Symphony Orchestra of South Korea, l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, the World Symphony Orchestra (Japan), the Ulster Symphony Orchestra of Northern Ireland, the Liverpool Philharmonic, the RTE Orchestra Dublin, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Porto Philharmonic, the Queensland Philharmonic,  the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata St. Petersburg, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Noord Nederlands Orkest, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Orchestras of Venezuela and Ecuador.

A versatile and prolific composer, Brossé has written more than 400 works, including concerti, oratorios, lieder, chamber music, and symphonic works that have been performed all over the world and have been recorded in more than 40 countries.  He has also composed extensively for cinema, television, and stage. Brossé has made more than 80 CD recordings and has conducted in numerous world-famous concert halls, such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Centre, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Opera La Monnaie in Brussels, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Seoul Arts Center, the Tokyo Forum, and the Concert Hall Shanghai. 

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*Gardens Preferred & Gardens Premium Member Discount 
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive up to 15% off 2018–2019 Performance Series tickets and receive access to the Member Pre-sale. If you are eligible, your discount code was provided to you via e-mail. Use the discount code to unlock your Membership pricing.