June 21, 1995 |
Musicians arrive at stardom by many routes. Dudley Moore, who began life as an organist and pianist in England, took his route through musicals, comedy and films, including a masterly appearance in Unfaithfully Yours in a role that was a giddy satire on conductors. He has been appearing increasingly in the role of piano soloist, and he took the role Monday with the Philadelphia Orchestra, playing two works in the concert at the Mann Music Center. His presence produced a substantial crowd, and his good-natured approach to concertizing guaranteed that the listeners' hopes were fulfilled.
July 24, 1999
Charles Dutoit hasn't said publicly why he is stepping down as artistic director of the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer series at the Mann Center. But it must have something to do with being passed over for maestro - twice. Now that Wolfgang Sawallisch, selected for music director in 1992, wants to retire, it's obvious that Dutoit - a guest conductor since 1980 and Mann series director for 10 years - is not on the short list in the Orchestra's thus-far-fruitless search, perhaps not even the long list.
June 25, 1990 |
Charles Dutoit, in his first season as artistic director of the Mann Music Center, takes over the podium with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the season's second week. TONIGHT Gershwin is always a draw, and coupling the program with Leonard Bernstein's music should pull a large crowd. Jeffrey Siegel, a longtime interpreter of Gershwin, tackles "Rhapsody in Blue. " He'll also play the major piano part of Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, whose nervous textures earn it the subtitle "The Age of Anxiety.
March 10, 1989 |
Charles Dutoit has been named artistic director and principal conductor of both the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer concert series at the Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park and its summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. His tenure will cover 1990 and 1991, with an option for 1992. The official announcement is scheduled to be made today at a lunch at the Academy of Music. The Swiss-born music director of the Montreal symphony will be the first person to hold the title of artistic director at the Mann Music Center.
September 1, 2011
"Whatever financial woes the cash-strapped Philadelphia Orchestra might be having at home, they gave a super performance . . . that glittered and sparkled from beginning to end. . . . This phenomenal orchestra produces a well-balanced sound, seemingly effortlessly. " - Susan Nickalls, Edinburgh Daily News, Aug. 31 " . . . in Lucerne, one could hear precisely which areas Dutoit had worked on with the orchestra and which he had not. . . . Piano Concerto No. 2]
July 8, 1998 |
Charles Dutoit will put his mark more on the second half of the Philadelphia Orchestra's season at the Mann Center. The series' artistic director conducted a single concert Monday, then will return to lead five of the six concerts in the final two weeks, leading to the Beethoven Symphony No. 9, the grand finale on July 23. His deeper mark on the series lies in the choices he has made for soloists, guest conductors and repertoire in a season in...
October 30, 1993 |
Molto appassionato is the marking for the first movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor. And molto appassionato was how soloist Maxim Vengerov played it Thursday night with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit. Dived into it, really, and with so much savoir-faire, one was reminded of the good old days of Heifetz and Milstein - or those not-so-long-ago seasons when Perlman truly was playing at his prime. Delving into romantic passion with - rare thing - elegance seems to be a specialty of Vengerov.
June 29, 1994 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra indulged in a little numbers game Monday night, bringing some extra attention to Charles Dutoit. It was the Swiss-born conductor's fifth anniversary as artistic director of the Mann Music Center, his 50th appearance at the orchestra's summertime series, and the 15th anniversary of his conducting debut with the Philadelphians. Mayor Rendell made a short proclamation - hardly a remarkable event, since he's known to make several such appearances a day. But what was interesting is that after his moment on stage (and after jokingly trying to beat Dutoit to the podium to conduct the orchestra)
April 16, 2005 |
Next season, Philadelphia Orchestra music director Christoph Eschenbach will "rediscover" Beethoven, leading the symphonies and some piano concertos throughout the year. But even without hoisting a festival flag, every year is a Beethoven season for almost any orchestra, as Charles Dutoit has shown here recently. With Martha Argerich at the keyboard last week, the guest conductor drew an elegant portrait of the C Major piano concerto, and Thursday night he worked just as much detail into the dancerly Symphony No. 7. That Dutoit can as adroitly personalize Beethoven as he did is a sign not only of his own philosophy but also of his close rapport with these musicians.
June 24, 1995 |
Mahler works his magic best in a proper hall. Hearing the angst-ridden Romantic out of doors you miss many of his delicacies and torments. Surely that's one reason so many stayed away from Thursday night's Philadelphia Orchestra performance at the Mann Music Center, in which the amphitheater held half as many listeners as capacity, and the lawn benches also had disappointing vacant spots. The Symphony No. 3 in D Minor is Mahler at his most pantheistic. Indeed, the composer intended its cymbals, drums and trumpets to celebrate and describe the natural world that he loved with immense passion.