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Who Needs an Audience? Not the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia

Members of the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia play together for the love of music.
Jack Moore is principal conductor of the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. He's also host of WRTI's midday show from 10 am to 2 pm on weekdays.

There’s an orchestra in Philadelphia that plays music weekly with professional musicians and talented amateurs. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia - now celebrating 50 years - rarely, if ever, has an audience. 

WRTI’s Jack Moore has been principal conductor since 1997. The many guests who have led the group include musicians and assistant conductors from The Philadelphia Orchestra. Soloists have included Leila Josefowicz and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Orchestra Society of Philadelphia President talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about the founding and evolution of this unusual ensemble, devoted to the music making without a performance goal.