October 10, 2012 |
When an orchestra plays live to film, as the Philadelphia Orchestra increasingly does, you might find yourself consciously sorting out the essence of the experience. Are you in a movie house or a concert hall? In West Side Story , with the orchestra playing beneath a large-screen showing of the 1961 film, Philadelphians Friday night easily out-rumbled the balletic thugs from the Sharks and Jets. But when the audience applauded at the end of songs, were they showering Natalie Wood with praise, or the orchestra's alternately luscious and trenchant handling of Leonard Bernstein's score?
June 25, 2012 |
Toting Mickey Mouse dolls and donning Lilly Pulitzer shifts, the city's youngest classical-music fans made for a gorgeous spectacle Saturday morning filing into the Academy of Music. Yes, the Philadelphia Orchestra's family concert was returning just this once to the Academy, which the ensemble largely left behind in 2001 for more acoustically advanced environs down the block. The Academy is "still a little bit our home," the orchestra's next music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, told the audience.
May 11, 2012 |
Rob Morsberger is one of the best rock/pop singer/songwriters you've never heard on recordings or seen in concert. There is still time to make amends, but urgency is suggested, as the guy is "living with an illness that could rapidly derail me at any time," he acknowledges with admirable nonchalance. This weekend, Morsberger performs two shows in the area — Friday night at Kennett Flash in Kennett Square and Saturday at Psalm Salon in Overbrook Hills, where talent booker Jamey Reilly calls him "an artist we love.
January 25, 2012 |
The drumroll that greeted the announcement Wednesday of Yannick Nézet-Séguin's first full Philadelphia Orchestra concert season came with surprises that perhaps even music pundits didn't see coming. With highlights including an Oct. 18 season opener with opera star Renée Fleming; the Verdi Requiem with Marina Poplavskaya and Rolando Villazón; a fully staged The Rite of Spring in collaboration with the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival; and Bach's great and infrequently heard St. Matthew Passion , the 36-year-old incoming music director also let it drop (in an interview that took place before the announcement)
October 6, 2011 |
Can you have a Neighborhood Concert in something that's not actually a neighborhood? Such was the question when the Philadelphia Orchestra made its debut Tuesday at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, that burgeoning corporate hinterland between South Philadelphia and the airport. The concert hall was Building 543, a huge, warehouselike structure where ship parts once were made and that now is part of Urban Outfitters' ever-expanding headquarters. Outside the window, the rusting aircraft carrier USS Forrestal loomed.
September 11, 2011
Even with the classical music world on pins and needles over the future of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the fall season hardly looks grim. Not only does the orchestra have a strong podium lineup - including chief conductor Charles Dutoit, music director designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and popular guest Vladimir Jurowski - but other organizations in town keep pushing forward with enterprising programs that are getting them out of the usual venues....
April 1, 2011 |
Andrea Clearfield's Center City living room is part Swiss chalet, part Craftsman-style attic, an impossible cone-shaped space held up with dark timber beams and accented with a Mercer tile fireplace. It's nothing for the successful composer to invite a hundred or so strangers up to her third-floor lair to listen to musicians perform, from willowy pianists fresh from Carnegie Hall to grizzled folkies singing boxcar blues. All she asks is that guests remove their shoes before plopping down on her beige carpet.
February 9, 2011 |
Eugene C. Fish, 101, a tax attorney, civic activist, and philanthropist who helped spearhead the campaign to build the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, died Saturday, Feb. 5, at Rydal Park Retirement Community. In 1998, Mr. Fish and other major donors attended a breakfast where they were shown a scale model of a proposed regional performing arts center and new home for the Philadelphia Orchestra. The model, with a cello-shaped concert hall, a smaller recital hall, and restaurants beneath a glass roof, had Mr. Fish's enthusiastic approval.
October 2, 2010
From Peter Dobrin's "ArtsWatch" Following up on last season's appearance at Bridget Foy's on South Street, Astral Artists has booked World Cafe Live Sunday with violinist Kristin Lee and saxman Doug O'Connor. Astral is investigating other non-concert hall venues, which, in thinking back to our school days of playing woodwind quintets in a biker bar in East Baltimore, can only lead to great happiness. ArtsWatch popped a few questions to Lee, who was recently signed to the Astral roster: Q: What is the program for your World Cafe Live concert - and why?
June 18, 2010
Ernest Fleischmann, 85, the imperious impresario who ran the Los Angeles Philharmonic for nearly three decades, helping to elevate its stature to that of an orchestra of the first rank, died Sunday in Los Angeles. Mr. Fleischmann became executive director of the Philharmonic in 1969, moving to Los Angeles from London, where he had been general manager of the London Symphony. His title changed in 1988 to executive vice president and managing director. He left in 1998. When he arrived, the conductor Zubin Mehta was presiding over an underpaid and undervalued collection of promising musicians playing in an undistinguished concert hall.