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DH Conducts OSOP

  • Presser Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, PA USA (map)
Photo credit: Karen Pearson

Photo credit: Karen Pearson


  • Joshua Baerwald: CELLO CONCERTO (Josh Baerwald, soloist.
  • Haydn: SYMPHONY NO. 94 “Surprise”

Daron and the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia have enjoyed an enduring, affectionate relationship for over 30 years. It began when Hagen conducted his Overture to the Andersonville Trial, and Stanzas (Robert La Rue, cello soloist) in concert at the Presser Pavilion on 10 April 1983. Since then, Hagen has returned 25 times, rehearsing Wagner's Meistersinger Overture, Beethoven's 3rd and 6th symphonies, the Schumann Cello Concerto, Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, Copland's Two Pieces for String Orchestra and Symphony No.3, Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 1: "Jeremiah," a dozen of his own orchestral works, as well as new works by Kile Smith, Joel Boyd, Tevi Eber, Colin Minigan, Neil Rolnick, Gilda Lyons, and others.

Hagen has often used his visits with the orchestra to read through commissioned works a few weeks or months prior to their premieres by the orchestras, opera companies, and soloists that commissioned them. In this way, the OSOP has "stress tested" under his baton Hagen's Romeo and Juliet double concerto with Jeffrey Khaner and Robert La Rue, Sky Interludes from Amelia, his Symphony No. 5 with soloist Gilda Lyons, and arias from his opera Shining Brow. During this visit, Hagen will rehearse Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 and his own symphonic suite Postcards from America.


The Orchestra Society of Philadelphia was founded in 1964 by Morris Goldman and Sidney Rothstein with the vision of providing an opportunity for experienced musicians to enjoy the wide variety of orchestral music available. More than forty years later the Orchestra Society maintains a loyal following and has garnered the respect of musicians in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Orchestra Society's members include professional musicians, teachers, and people with many different "day jobs" as well as students from local universities and even talented high school students. More about OSOP here.

Earlier Event: October 30
Later Event: November 21
DH at Manhattan School of Music