May 4, 2004 |
Chances are quite good that when the Kimmel Center revealed it would be restoring the city's tradition of hosting visiting orchestras, almost no local orchestraphile started counting the days until the Tonhalle-Orchester Z?rich would arrive. The orchestra is not a newsmaker on the international scene the way the big ensembles of Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam are. And yet, in another important affirmation of its mission, the Kimmel Center proved smart by capturing Switzerland's oldest orchestra Sunday afternoon in the midst of a U.S. tour.
October 7, 1996 |
No lawyers. No hired guns. No mediators. No members of the board. When negotiations in the Philadelphia Orchestra labor dispute started last night, musicians went head to head with orchestra president Joseph H. Kluger and personnel manager Suzanna Bernd. No progress was reported as talks continued late into the night. Before bargaining resumed Saturday, no negotiations had been held for almost two weeks. Dallas management lawyer Ralph P. Craviso was not called back for last night's talks.
December 3, 1994 |
The wonderful thing about a Yo-Yo Ma concert - leaving aside the winsome cellist's bountiful musicianship for a moment - is that he always comes with a bonus. When he visits he can usually be spotted sitting in with a chamber music group or two, giving a master class or otherwise busying himself with the local music scene. He is rarely satisfied with playing a mere concerto when he appears with an orchestra. In Baltimore, where he often solos with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and David Zinman, Ma has slipped into the back of the cello section after playing a concerto, still energized for, say, a Schumann symphony.
October 29, 1997 |
Yuri Temirkanov, the Russian conductor who is a popular guest with the Philadelphia Orchestra, will take the helm of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during its 1999-2000 season. Temirkanov succeeds David Zinman, who recently became music director of Zurich Tonhalle and whose 13-year leadership in Baltimore concludes this season. Temirkanov, 59, will assume partial duties during the 1999-2000 season, but won't officially take the podium as music director until the following season.
June 17, 2008 |
You didn't like that new score you heard Thursday night? Was there a guest conductor who put you over the moon, and whom you're eager to hear again? Jeremy S. Rothman is the Philadelphia Orchestra's new point person for all these issues and more. Rothman has been named the orchestra's new vice president for artistic planning starting Sept. 1. Rothman, 31, held a similar job with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, but arrives with established connections to Philadelphia and this ensemble.
January 29, 2000 |
Joseph Castaldo, 72, the charismatic composer and longtime president of the former Philadelphia Musical Academy (later the Philadelphia Academy of the Performing Arts), died Thursday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mr. Castaldo's works were performed by pianists Andre Watts and Susan Starr, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and several esteemed string quartets. He had cancer for many years, and the onset of the illness had a dramatic affect on his music.
March 28, 2002 |
Sometimes nothing sounds as sweet as living in the state of young and hungry. The students who make up the orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music prove this fairly often. They have some things to learn, to be sure, but not that many. And in the last of their three concerts this season, the orchestra of aspiring Piatigorskys and Kreislers showed Tuesday night what some older musicians often forget. It's a dirty little secret of the orchestra world that some players, once they land a post of certain stature and security, basically stop practicing and growing.
December 2, 2000 |
The music itself was doomed to be trounced by its political program, as Alexei Tolstoy intimated early on. "The Seventh Symphony arose," he said, "from the conscience of the Russian people, who unwaveringly accepted mortal combat with evil forces. " Well, maybe it did, maybe it didn't. Shostakovich himself said that his Symphony No. 7 was planned well before World War II, "and consequently cannot be seen as a reaction to Hitler's attack. " Still, the composer concedes that he didn't actually start writing the work until July 1941; Germany had just invaded the Soviet Union.
October 23, 2010 |
The arrival of the baby conductors should surprise no one attuned to the triumph of youth culture and a related bout of orchestral obsequiousness. But to be factual about it, we've been here before - and with salutary consequences. Riccardo Muti was 31 when he first conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra. Esa-Pekka Salonen led the Philadelphians at age 28 - six years before taking over the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This week, Los Angeles once again was the site of the fountain of youth, when the Philadelphia Orchestra imported L.A.'s associate conductor, Lionel Bringuier, after Semyon Bychkov canceled what would have been his long-overdue subscription-concert debut.
October 3, 2012 |
How much money is a principal oboist worth? A section violinist? What about the president of a struggling symphony orchestra? Or a third-grade teacher, for that matter? Not long ago, I found myself explaining to my tween son why certain things he covets - a trendy brand of ear phones, in this case - command a high price, and why price tags are often divorced from justice and logic. It has always been true and always will be: Nothing has intrinsic value; something fetches only what someone is willing to pay for it. What someone is willing to pay for orchestral musicians in this country has changed radically in recent weeks.