June 13, 2016
Where classical music is concerned, the vacation months are now a haven for niche programming - sometimes of the extreme sort. The idea is that if it's your niche, you'll travel for it. So what's worth the current gasoline prices? Here's a selection of great classical programs within a day's drive. Farewell to Claude Frank; Hello to Rossini (Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts; Katonah, N.Y.) From June 18 to Aug. 7, Caramoor has a full range of chamber music and orchestral programs on this gracious 90-acre estate.
June 3, 2016 |
If global classical-music prominence were a horse race, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - with the just-announced Met appointment, in tandem with his continuing tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra - would easily be out in front among his particularly charismatic peers. At 41, Nézet-Séguin is part of a generation of what some call "rock star" conductors who emerged late in the last decade, headed by the meteoric Gustavo Dudamel, 35, now music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (he's also the basis of the Mozart in the Jungle TV character played by Gael García Bernal)
November 25, 2015 |
Though he was a master musician on several fronts - violinist, conductor, and educator - to those who knew Joseph Silverstein, he was simply "Joey. " Mr. Silverstein, 83, who died Sunday, Nov. 22, after suffering a heart attack at his home in Stockbridge, Mass., was concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1962 to 1983 and music director of the Utah Symphony from 1983 to 1998, and had been the gray eminence of the Curtis Institute violin faculty since 2000. He was revered as a man of gravitas without pretension.
September 15, 2015 |
While many Philadelphia politicians spent summer's waning days squeezing out the last of their vacations, Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney was traveling, too - to see how other cities operate. During three days in the Boston area and two in Pittsburgh, Kenney focused on what he would do if elected, a strong likelihood in a city where Republicans are grossly outnumbered. The former city councilman met in early September with officials in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.
June 24, 2015 |
He was born in South Philadelphia, married Franco-Russian royalty, and reigned for five decades as one of the great violists of the 20th century. Joseph de Pasquale, 95, died Monday, June 22. Mr. de Pasquale, of Merion, was principal violist of two of America's golden-age ensembles - the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1947 to 1964, and then, sitting alongside three of his brothers, the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1964 until retirement in 1996. He is credited with raising the standard of viola playing so dramatically that it remade the instrument's image, said Curtis Institute of Music president Roberto Díaz, a one-time de Pasquale protégé.
June 6, 2015 |
AMSTERDAM - With its six tons of equipment, the Philadelphia Orchestra arrived for its Amsterdam concert on Thursday with success or failure dependent on one key person: not any musician, but an anonymous truck driver who maneuvered through streets the size of bike lanes to deliver the instruments to one of Europe's most majestic but problematic halls, the Royal Concertgebouw. "If Yannick [Nézet-Séguin] couldn't conduct the concert, Lio Kuokman would fill in. If a player gets sick, we have alternates.
April 17, 2015 |
In the current generation of so-called rock-star symphony orchestra conductors, Stéphane Denève definitely has the hair. Though not as wild as Gustavo Dudamel's or as glossy as Riccado Muti's, it corkscrews with such a mind of its own you're sure he didn't plan the look. He may be so preoccupied with musical matters he doesn't even notice it. Clearly, it's an accident. "This is the exact story," says the ebullient French-born principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
January 22, 2015 |
Cellist Oliver Aldort remembers being struck by a particular quality of the Boston Symphony Orchestra while playing in the ensemble as a 17-year-old student at the Tanglewood Institute. "I had been used to a conservatory orchestra in which everyone is young and there is a constant turnover of players," he says, "and I had been used to the fact that so often the conductor will give the downbeat and there will be a lot of hesitation. . . . With the BSO, the orchestra had such a unified sense of rhythm as an ensemble - it was the easiest thing to play with.
May 18, 2014 |
Words to the wise for any U.S. symphony orchestras touring China: Be prepared for tougher-than-tough negotiations, last-minute changes at departure, and below-scale fees. The Philadelphia Orchestra knows plenty about the first two as it departs on the third annual tour in its five-year China residency plan. But the orchestra this year is significantly rewriting the money part. By conducting its own negotiations and cultivating high-end sponsors, its 21/2-week tour - starting Wednesday in Beijing, stopping in Tokyo June 3, and ending June 5 in Taiwan - is expected to net $1 million (give or take $200,000)
May 24, 2013 |
Henri Dutilleux, 97, a composer whose modest output belied his huge impact on listeners and musicians alike, died Wednesday in Paris, European news services reported. Mr. Dutilleux, born in Angers and trained at the Paris Conservatory, maintained a compositional link with Debussy and Ravel while taking their economy and elegance to greater levels of complexity and dissonance. Conductor Charles Dutoit, a Dutilleux champion who led several notable premieres, said that his death, though expected, was a major loss.