February 23, 2007 |
Charles Dutoit, a frequent Philadelphia Orchestra guest conductor since 1980, has been named to succeed its departing music director, Christoph Eschenbach. Dutoit - former leader of orchestras in Montreal and Japan - will assume the newly created title of chief conductor and artistic adviser for four seasons, beginning in September of 2008. Dutoit has been the orchestra's music director at the Saratoga summer season, which he will continue, and will also lead eight weeks in each subscription season.
April 21, 2007 |
Call it the Kurt Masur Syndrome. The news that Charles Dutoit will become artistic director of the London-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is his second major appointment in two months - the other being the Philadelphia Orchestra. At age 70, the former head of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra follows the pattern of Masur, who considered winding down after leaving Leipzig, only to be snapped up by the New York Philharmonic and Orchestre National de France. The RPO appointment starts in 2009, appears to be open-ended, and seems more permanent than his four-year, 2008-12 Philadelphia Orchestra appointment.
June 14, 1999 |
A warm summer evening with an occasional breeze, a blanket with a picnic basket and the gorgeous sounds of the Philadelphia Orchestra to share the sunset. For thousands of music lovers, lovers and even prospective lovers, it's the highlight of summer in the city, provided by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts as a cultural bargain. Tonight, Charles Dutoit celebrates his 10th season as artistic director at the Mann with an all-Beethoven program featuring the Seventh Symphony and the Leonore No. 3 Overture, with pianist Emanuel Ax as soloist in the Third Concerto.
October 4, 2008 |
In some cities - Los Angeles and Chicago come to mind - a music director gets hired after leading a program or two. In more risk-averse Philadelphia, things can take a little longer. Charles Dutoit has conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra more times than anyone else in its history save Eugene Ormandy, president James Undercofler told Thursday night's Verizon Hall audience. In fact, that's not true, an orchestra spokeswoman said yesterday, but Dutoit has visited the orchestra hundreds of times, which earned him the right, finally, for the first time, to take the podium Thursday as the orchestra's new - well, we'll get to that title in a moment.
March 3, 2007 |
Fifteen minutes before rehearsal at Carnegie Hall Thursday afternoon, Charles Dutoit is already on stage chatting up the players. He's a hugger, and if you're not careful, a triple-smack cheek-kisser. Back in the woodwinds, his elegant right hand takes flight for a moment to make a point about phrasing. He is smiling from ear to ear. The players of the Philadelphia Orchestra aren't exactly unhappy either. No ensemble of 100-plus musicians will express unison like or dislike for any one conductor.
August 2, 1999 |
Since conductor Charles Dutoit announced his retirement as Mann music director at the final summer concert July 22, surprising musicians and audience alike, local music-lovers have wondered why. Too emotional to talk about his reasons after that concert, Dutoit postponed discussing the matter until expressing his feelings to the Philadelphia Orchestra musicians at Saratoga, N.Y., late last week. "In recent years, I have found much uncertainty about the future of the Mann and its financial situation," Dutoit explained.
August 9, 2008 |
Sometimes an orchestra and conductor form an interpretation so finely detailed it seems to pop off the stage with the full-dimensional complexities of sculpture. And then there are performances like the Beethoven Symphony No. 5 the Philadelphia Orchestra constructed Wednesday night to open its annual three-week residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. While hardly rough, it still came across as a work in progress. This bit of news is actually a hopeful bellwether - the fact that right after vacation and with only an hour's worth of rehearsal the orchestra could achieve a Beethoven 5 that, if not terribly evolved, had a high level of polish, sweep and purpose.
August 14, 2010 |
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Any fete for Charles Dutoit would necessarily involve a certain amount of frisson, and Thursday night, in capping the conductor's 21 summers leading the Philadelphia Orchestra's concerts here, it came in bubbly form. At a preconcert talk, there was champagne. For the audience at intermission, champagne. With musicians backstage after this last Dutoit concert as artistic chief of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center - real champagne. "The greatest conductor in the world," declared Marcia White, SPAC's president, as she brought Dutoit out for what she said was his 182d concert at this horse-racing resort town where the orchestra has spent part of every summer since 1966.
November 20, 1988 |
When Charles Dutoit left Montreal for Philadelphia early this month, he was a music director transforming himself into a guest conductor. But the world abruptly changed around him, and he found himself being touted by the press as a candidate to succeed Zubin Mehta, who recently announced that he will leave the helm of the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 1991 season. There's no surprise in that meteoric rise, for Dutoit, 52, has also quietly taken Philadelphia by storm, ascending from guest conductor to something more important.
January 21, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra announced its 2016-17 subscription season Tuesday at the Kimmel Center. Usual classical music suspects like Brahms, Mahler, and Rachmaninoff will be joined by 21st-century electronics by Mason Bates, a new organ concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Christopher Rouse, and a screening of the movie E.T. with a live performance of the John Williams score. Among performers in the orchestra's 117th season, past visitors such as Simon Rattle and conductor laureate Charles Dutoit will return, and celebrated 22-year-old Canadian cellist Stephen Tetreault will make his debut.