2019 Calendar

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Beyond Baroque

ThursdayAugust 12:00 PM




Palestrina/orch. Stokowski “Adoramus te“*

Ravel  Le Tombeau de Couperin

Stravinsky Suite from Pulcinella 

Bach/orch. Stokowski Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor

Bach/orch. Stokowski Fugue in G Minor (“Little”)*

Bach/orch. Stokowski Toccata and Fugue in D minor


*Indicates SPAC Premiere

Program Notes

Leopold Stokowski, known for his long association with The Philadelphia Orchestra, was a cultural pioneer, bringing the latest in art and music to Philadelphia in the early 1900s and presenting it in bold, new ways – most notably his incredible interpretations of famous baroque works.

This robust program features Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D, which has become a vastly popular piece, especially in the horror genre, and has been prevalent in pop culture since well before the sound film era. Although it has been a revered work in the classical cannon for more than a century, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D saw renewed popularity from an arrangement by Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra used in the 1940 animated film Fantasia.

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