Sawallisch, Plus A Wide Range Of All Kinds Of Classical Music

Posted: September 19, 1993

The music season got off to a leaping start last week with a slew of events designed to introduce the Philadelphia Orchestra's new music director, Wolfgang Sawallisch.

After a week of activity that included opening concerts and an appearance as pianist in a chamber music program, Sawallisch will continue to be the most watched personality on the local music scene as he settles into his role as conductor, artistic guru, and highly visible symbol of an institution in need of a big-shouldered boost to reach the turn of the century with its stature intact.

The orchestra's season will see the local debuts of conductors Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, David Loebel, Simon Rattle and James Paul. Returning to lead the orchestra will be Charles Dutoit, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Claus Peter Flor, Mariss Jansons, Zdenek Macal, Franz Welser-Moest and David Zinman. Highlights of the season include the orchestra's first performances of Britten's War Requiem in October and the first act of Die Walkuere in January.

Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the largest producer of local chamber music series, is changing the location of its concerts. Having lost the use of the Port of History Museum, which is being taken over by the Maritime Museum, the organization will be testing the 600-seat hall in the new Convention Center as a recital hall and will present some recitalists in Haverford School's Centennial Hall.

The Chamber Music Society's 26-concert season begins Oct. 28 with the Guarneri Quartet. The series will see the local debut of the Hagen Quartet

from Austria, the Trio Fontenay from Hamburg, and the Windham Quartet with pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, all at the convention center. A piano series with Richard Goode, Horacio Gutierrez and Shura Cherkassky, and a vocal recital set, with Dawn Upshaw, Barbara Hendricks and Mitsuko Shirai, will be given at Centennial Hall.

The Philadelphia Orchestra rediscovered chamber music a few seasons ago and members will play five Sunday afternoon concerts. Amerita, 1807 & Friends, the Hildegard Chamber Players, the Da Ponte Quartet, the Network for New Music, Hancock Chamber Players and Davidsbund fill out the chamber-music picture with their specialized repertoires.

Following a September tour to Prague, the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra will present a series of concerts at the Walnut Street Theater and the Church of the Holy Trinity. Founder Marc Mostovoy will conduct the opening concert Oct. 25 and the finale, May 16. In between, Iona Brown, Max Rudolf and Vladimir Spivakov will conduct.The ensemble plays without a conductor in the five concerts at the church. That series begins Nov. 7.

Orchestra 2001 begins its year in Russia, where conductor James Freeman will perform music by Gerald Levinson, Richard Wernick, Thomas Whitman, George Crumb and Thea Musgrave, and two small operas by contemporary Russian composers. The ensemble will return to play its tour programs at Laurie Wagman Hall and Swarthmore College, Nov. 4 and 5. Other concerts of new Americana will be Dec. 8 and 12 and May 5 and 8.

Baroque music blossomed here in the 1980s and continues to find an audience in the '90s. Philomel has expanded its season to five sets of subscription concerts held at the Ethical Society, and in Chestnut Hill, West Chester and Doylestown. Guest soloists will be violinist Jaap Schroeder, soprano Julianne Baird and wind player Shelly Gruskin. The opening series will be Nov. 26-28.

The Renaissance Wind Band continues its bright-colored surveys of Italy and England and Germany with concerts Oct. 22 to 24 in Wilmington, Bryn Mawr and Center City.

The Bach Festival, Oct. 17 to March 19, will include concerts by the festival orchestra, Trio Sonerie, the Scholars of London and the German vocal ensemble, Pomerium. Pianist Tatiana Nikolaeva, and organists Patrick Allen and Kim Heindel are featured.

New music will be presented by Relache, the Network for New Music and the Settlement Music School's programs. Relache will play concerts Oct. 29 and 30 and Feb. 25 and 26 at Mandell Auditorium, and March 25 and 26 at the Arts Bank, Broad and South Streets.

The New Jersey Symphony continues its search for a music director; Zdenek Macal fills in as artistic advisor. The season includes 11 subscription series played in Englewood, Newark, Trenton and Red Bank, and four pairs of chamber orchestra concerts and winter pops. Guest conductors will be Maximiano Valdes, James Paul, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, David Loebel and Lawrence Leighton Smith. Macal will lead Czech music in a special chamber music concert Feb. 6 at the Newark Museum. Pianist Rudolf Firkusny will be featured with symphony members.

A list of Philadelphia area music groups and scheduled concerts follows:

ALL STAR-FORUM Bolshoi Opera Orchestra, Nov. 5; Christopher Parkening, guitar, Jan. 23; Canadian Brass, Feb. 8; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Feb. 20; James Galway, flute, March 17; Misha Dichter, piano, April 4; Andre Watts,

piano, May 4, all at the Academy of Music.

AMERITA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Italian baroque music Dec. 1, April 6, May 11 at Temple Beth Zion, 18th and Spruce Streets.

CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY Sean Deibler conducts music by Britten and Visions of Hildegard (Part 1), and Four Jesu Carols by Stephen Paulus, Dec. 11 at Abington Presbyterian Church, and Dec. 12 at First Presbyterian Church, 21st and Walnut Streets; Vaughan Williams' Mass in G and music for brass and organ, March 4 at St. Mary's, Wayne, and May 6 at St. Patrick's, 20th and Locust Streets; and Mozart's Sacred Vespers and Verdi's Four Sacred Pieces, May 15 at the Academy of Music.

CONCERTO SOLOISTS OF PHILADELPHIA Marc Mostovoy conducts Zelenka, Mozart with Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano, Oct. 25; Iona Brown conducts and is violin soloist, Dec. 13; Max Rudolf conducts with pianist Ye Zhu, Jan. 31; Vladimir Spivakov conducts and is violin soloist March 21, and Mostovoy conducts with flutist Pamela Guidetti, May 16, at the Walnut Street Theater. The ensemble plays without conductor Nov. 7, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, April 17 and June 5 at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square.

CURTIS INSTITUTE The Curtis Institute orchestra performs Oct. 17 with conductor David Zinman and oboist Richard Woodhams; Feb. 24 with Otto-Werner Mueller and singers Ilana Davidson and Ruby Philogene;, and April 10 with Andre Previn with Young Uck Kim, violin, all at the Academy of Music. Jon Weaver, organ, Oct. 19; Laura Park, violin, and Charles Abramovic, piano, March 20; tenor Vinson Cole, April 6; the chamber orchestra, led by Ford Lallerstedt, plays Nov. 19 at Curtis, 1726 Locust St.

1807 & FRIENDS Chamber music by Schubert, Piazzola and Devienne, Oct. 18; with composer/bass John Deak, Nov. 29; with Marcantonio Barone, piano, Feb. 7; with guitarist Allen Krantz, March 14 and with Barone, May 9 at Laurie Wagman Hall, 311 S. Broad St.

HILDEGARD CHAMBER PLAYERS Music by women composers, Oct. 3, Bryn Mawr

College; March 13 and May (date to be announced) Free Library, Logan Square.

THE MOZART SOCIETY Davis Jerome conducts Mozart and Haydn, Sept. 19, Jan. 9 and April 10. Free concerts at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany.

MUSIC MONDAYS The SMS contemporary Players, Oct. 4; Network for New Music, Nov. 1; Speculum Musicae, Dec. 20; Prism Quartet, Jan. 17; Speculum Musicae, Feb. 28; SMS Contemporary Players, April 4, and Network for New Music, May 2 at the Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St.

NEW MUSIC AT ANNENBERG Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nov. 21; Robert Ashley's Improvement (Don Leaves Linda) and Rinde Eckert and the Bill Frisell Band, May 22, Zellerbach Theater, 3680 Walnut St.

ORCHESTRA 2001 James Freeman conducts Bernstein, Mozart with Cynthia Raim,

piano; Allison Herz, clarinet; Geoffrey Michaels, violin, Nov. 4-5; Bach, Michael Torke and David Barnes with singers Julianne Baird and John Alston, Dec. 8 and 16; Timothy Greatbatch, Tina Davidson, Gerald Levinson and Schnittke with Peter Zazofsky, violin, and Miles Davis, bass, Feb. 5-6; Daniel Dorff, Schnittke and Galina Ustvolskaya with violinist Pamela Frank and clarinetist Arne Running, March 31 and April 2; Denisov, Rorem and Schnittke, May 5 and 8 at Laurie Wagman Hall and Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore.

PHILADELPHIA BACH FESTIVAL Dennis Schmidt, organ, Oct. 9, St. Paul's, Chestnut Hill; Bach Festival orchestra, Oct. 16-17; Tatiana Nikolaeva, piano, Nov. 6, Haverford College; Patrick Allen, organ, St. Paul's Scholars of London, Feb. 5, St. John's Church, Bala Cynwyd; Kim Heindel, organ, Feb. 27, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church; children's concert, March 19, Springside School; Pomerium, March 19, St. Paul's; Trio Sonerie, April 9, Germantown Unitarian Church.

PHILADELPHIA CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY Series A: Guarneri Quartet, Oct. 28; Music from Marlboro, Nov. 10; Tokyo Quartet, Jan. 23; Music from Marlboro, March 3; Mendelssohn Quartet, March 29; Ridge Ensemble and Cynthia Raim, April 6; Music from Marlboro, April 13. Series B: Juilliard Quartet, Nov. 2; Beaux Arts Trio, Dec. 9; Trio Fontenay, Feb. 18; Bartok Quartet, Feb. 24; Hagen Quartet, March 11; Windham Quartet and Ignat Solzhenitsyn, March 16; Vermeer Quartet, April 28, all at the Convention Center. Piano series: Richard Goode, Nov. 7; Horacio Gutierrez, Feb. 27; Shura Cherkassky, April 8, Centennial Hall, Haverford School. Vocal series: Dawn Upshaw and James Levine, Dec. 1; Barbara Hendricks and Steffan Scheja, April 22; Mitsuko Shirai and Hartmut Hoell, April 27, Centennial Hall. Specials: Uptown Quartet, Nov. 16; Muir Quartet and Michael Tree, Nov. 19 at the Convention Center; Joshua Rifkin Bach program, Dec. 7; PCMS Players, March 14; Kyung-Wha Chung, violin, March 22, Centennial Hall; David Starobin, guitar, and Jon Humphrey, tenor, May 5, Free Library.

PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor with Midori soloist: Sibelius Violin Concerto, Apostel Variations, Haydn Symphony No. 103, Sept. 21-28; Sawallisch with Sarah Chang: Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, Rorem Eagles, Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie, Oct. 1-4; Sawallisch and pianist Gerhard Oppitz: Strauss Don Juan, Weill Symphony No. 1, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, Oct. 8-12; Sawallisch conducts Britten's War Requiem with Westminster Choir, Philadelphia Boys Choir and soloists Carol Vaness, John Aler, John Shirley- Quirk, Oct. 14-19; Myung-Whun Chung conducts Mozart's Symphony No. 29, Mahler's Symphony No. 1, Oct. 21-26; Charles Dutoit conducts with violinist Maxim Vengerov: Stucky's Son et Lumiere, Brahms' Symphony No. 1, Mendelssohn's

Violin Concerto, Oct. 28-30; Dutoit: Debussy's La Damoiselle elue with Claudine Carlson, Messiaen's Trois Petites Liturgies, Roussel's Bacchus et Ariane, Nov. 4-9; Dutoit: Wagner's Lohengrin Prelude, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, Weill's Violin Concerto with Chantal Juillet, Nov. 11-16; Claus Peter Flor, conducts Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 with William de Pasquale, Nov. 19-23; Daniele Gatti conducts Stravinsky's Circus Polka, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Garrick Ohlsson, Nov. 26-30; Franz Welser-Moest conducts with Jeffrey Khaner, flute, Dvorak's Vodnik, Feld's Concerto, Martinu's Symphony No. 5, Dec. 2-7; James Paul conducts Messiah with the Choral Arts Society and Jayne West and Mark Doss, Dec. 5-6; Simon Rattle conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 9, Dec. 11-15; Zdenek Macal conducts New Year's Eve concert, Dec. 31; Macal conducts Rossini's Semiramide, Schubert's Symphony No. 5 and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8, Jan. 3-4; Macal conducts Smetana's Vltava, Grieg's Peer Gynt, Respighi's Pines of Rome and Barber's Violin Concerto with Norman Carol, Jan. 7-11; David Loebel conducts, with pianist Peter Orth, Mozart's Concerto No. 9 (K. 271), Dvorak's Symphony No. 6, Jan. 13-18; Sawallisch and pianist Awadagin Pratt, Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1, Jan. 17; Sawallisch conducts Handel's Royal Fireworks, Schumann's Symphony No. 4, Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2 with Kyoko Takezawa, Jan. 21-31; Sawallisch conducts Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, Johann Strauss' Emperor Waltz and Thunder and Lightning, Grieg's Piano Concerto with Misha Dichter and Saint-Saens' Introduction and Rondo Capricioso with Leila Josefowicz, Jan. 29; Sawallisch conducts Wagner's Die Walkuere Act 1 and Tannhaeuser excerpts with Deborah Voigt, Robert Schunk, Rene Pape and Philadelphia Singers, Feb. 2-11; Sawallisch conducts Liszt's Orpheus, Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphoses, Franck's Symphony in D minor, Feb. 3-4; Sawallisch conducts Honegger's Pacific 231, Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Feb. 10-15; Sawallisch conducts Beethoven's Egmont, Stravinsky's Scherzo Fantastique and Symphony in Three Movements and Schumann's Piano Concerto with Radu Lupu, Feb. 17-22; Sawallisch conducts Schubert's Symphony No. 2 and Rossini's La Boutique Fantasque and Kathleen Battle sings arias, Feb. 25-28; Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius' Lemminkainen's Return, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 and Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death with bass Robert Lloyd, March 3-5; David Zinman conducts Berlioz' Benvenuto Cellini, Barber's Symphony No. 1 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 (K.467), with Jeffrey Kahane, and a viola concerto with Joseph de Pasquale, March 10-12; Zinman with violinist Dmitri Sitkovetsky in Bernstein's Serenade and Elgar's Symphony No. 2, March 18-22; Riccardo Chailly conducts Schnittke's pianissimo . . ., Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 with Mario Brunello, March 24-29; Christoph Eschenbach conducts Beethoven's Leonore No. 2, Rouse's Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Tzimon Barto, March 31-April 5; Eschenbach conducts Schumann's Die Braut von Messina, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, Berg's Violin Concerto with Pinchas Zukerman, April 7-9; Sawallisch conducts Hindemith's Noblissima Visione, Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, Beethoven's

Piano Concerto No. 1 with Andras Schiff, April 22-26; Sawallisch conducts Mozart's Symphony No. 1, Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, Jacob Druckman's new work, Mozart's Exsultate jubilate with soprano Dawn Upshaw, April 28-30; Sawallisch conducts Mozart's Symphony No. 1 and 41, May 3; Sawallisch conducts Blacher's Variations, Ginastera's Variaciones concertantes, Haydn's Piano Concerto in D, Stravinsky's Capriccio with pianist Emanuel Ax, May 5-10; Sawallisch conducts Rands' Tre canzoni senza parole, Bernstein's Symphonic Dances, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, May 12-14.

PHILADELPHIA RENAISSANCE WIND BAND 16th century Italian music, Oct. 22-24; German and Italian holiday works, Dec. 17-19, and English music, March 18-20, at Cathedral Church of St. John, Wilmington; Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and St. Luke and the Epiphany.

PHILADELPHIA SINGERS David Hayes conducts baroque works, Oct. 29, Church of the Holy Trinity; Messiah, Dec. 3, Academy of Music; Christmas music, Dec. 12, St. Clement's Church; Mendelssohn's Elijah, March 28, Academy of Music; American music, April 15, Church of the Holy Trinity.

PHILOMEL The baroque ensemble performs Bach, Vivaldi, Nov. 26-28; with Shelly Gruskin, Jan. 15-16; chamber concertos, March 12-13; with violinist Jaap Schroeder, April 16-17; arias with Julianne Baird, May 20-22, at St. Paul's, Chestnut Hill; Swope Hall, West Chester University; the Ethical Society; Mercer Museum, Doylestown; St. Paul's, Doylestown, and St. Martin-in- the-Fields, Chestnut Hill.

RELACHE New music ensemble, plays Oct. 29-30; Feb. 25-26 at Mandell Theater, 33d and Chestnut Streets; March 25-26 at Philadelphia Arts Bank, Broad and South Streets.

SINGING CITY Graeme Cowen conducts the ensemble Nov. 21 at the First Presbyterian Church, 21st and Walnut, with the Mesiah sing-in, an AIDS benefit and the annual concert to be announced.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY CONCERTS Early music, Oct. 8, 1619 Walnut St.; Luis Biava conducts the orchestra with Igor Scedrov, cello, Oct. 10, Haverford School; Lawrence Wagner conducts the symphony with pianist Harriet Rothstein, Nov. 14, Haverford School.

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