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January 25, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2011 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
NEWS
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....
NEWS
April 1, 2011 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
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.
NEWS
February 9, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2010 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The downstairs crowd at Bridget Foy's eats and drinks with its nose pressed up against South Street, taking in a circus of underdressed teen girls and the thump thump thump of passing cars. Two floors up, South Street's din gives way to an accordionist and clarinetist. In the Monkey Bar, a snug room with a view north clear to Head House Square, Bridget Foy's has flipped - to classical. The two emerging Astral Artists here on this Wednesday night are more commonly denizens of formal concert halls in Philadelphia and New York than joints serving mango habanero cocktail sauce.
NEWS
May 8, 2010 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
The downstairs crowd at Bridget Foy's eats and drinks with its nose pressed up against South Street, taking in a circus of underdressed teen girls and the thump thump thump of passing cars. Two floors up, South Street's din gives way to an accordionist and clarinetist. In the Monkey Bar, a snug room with a view north clear to Head House Square, Bridget Foy's has flipped - to classical. The two emerging Astral Artists here on this Wednesday night are more commonly denizens of formal concert halls in Philadelphia and New York than joints serving mango habanero cocktail sauce.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2009 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
"Gutsy writing . . . inventive use of color . . . unusual instruments . . . still pretty unique. " Those musical descriptions from Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon suggest a critique of Berlioz, Debussy, or some other classical composer with Mount Rushmore status. But no - she was listening to the latest super-digitized incarnation of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, an early, crucial musical influence and one that explains much about the music she composes for America's great symphony orchestras.
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