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June 14, 1997 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Violinist Erez Ofer yesterday denied he ever resigned his post as concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra and said he would play with the orchestra through the life of his contract, which runs through the 1997-98 season. Back in Philadelphia after more than a week in Europe, Ofer called orchestra president Joseph H. Kluger's announcement of his resignation "unsubstantiated and premature. " Ofer said he intended to "honor his contract, play all the concertos" this summer and during next season.
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December 19, 1986 | By TOM DI NARDO, Daily News Classical Music Writer
Philadelphia Orchestra associate concertmaster David Arben solos in two works on this week's Academy program. Today at 2 and tomorrow at 8:30, he'll play The Adagio in E Major for violin and orchestra by Mozart, as well as the local premiere of the violin concerto by Andrzej Panufnik. The common Warsaw birthplace of soloist and composer should give the work for violin and string orchestra, composed in 1971 for Yehudi Menuhin, a special understanding in these concerts. Gilbert Levine makes his conducting debut through the auspices of the Young American Conductor Program, and the AT&T American Encore Program is responsible for the local premiere of Jacob Druckman's "Aureole.
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October 7, 1988 | By Tom Di Nardo, Daily News Classical Music Writer
It's always a treat when one of the Philadelphia Orchestra members gets a solo nod, and lately the appearances by concertmaster Norman Carol have had the advantage of repertoire off the beaten path. With Riccardo Muti on the podium, Carol will tackle Hindemith's melodious Violin Concerto of 1939, and he's just the player to dig into the heart of Hindemith's unusually mellow music. The concerts (today at 2, Saturday and Tuesday at 8 p.m.) will include two works that Muti has given excellent readings with other orchestras: the beloved "Romeo and Juliet" fantasy-overture by Tchaikovsky and the Schumann Third Symphony (called the "Rhenish")
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April 26, 2013
William Steck, 79, a violinist who performed under some of the most eminent conductors of the latter half of the 20th century and served as concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra for nearly two decades, died April 13 in Alexandria, Va. His death, from respiratory failure, was confirmed by his wife, Ann. From his appointment as concertmaster in 1982 until he stepped down in 2001, Mr. Steck was a familiar and essential presence at performances...
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February 2, 2007 | By TOM DI NARDO For the Daily News
For seven years, Philadelphia Orchestra audiences have hailed the entrance of concertmaster David Kim to tune the ensemble before a performance. The violinist's tuning is really a symbolic post - the oboe has the most accurate A - but the job entails more than just brilliant playing. The concertmaster leads the violin section, marks the bowings on new or unfamiliar pieces and serves as a professional example. Occasionally, a concertmaster also acts as liaison between management and the musicians.
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October 7, 1988 | By Lesley Valdes, Inquirer Music Critic
Eight years ago, when he introduced the Hindemith Violin Concerto in a Philadelphia Orchestra subscription series, concertmaster Norman Carol said he was astonished that it hadn't made it into the repertoire before, because its expressivity makes it an audience-pleaser. Carol has played it a few times since then; but few other soloists seem to have lavished the care he has on the concerto, which was composed in 1939, shortly before Hindemith escaped the Third Reich. So it will be good to renew one's acquaintance with its polished construction and lyricism today, tomorrow or Tuesday evening as Carol reprises it with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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March 2, 1995 | By Lesley Valdes, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Erez Ofer, a 29-year-old Israeli and one of two concertmasters of the Bavarian State Radio Orchestra in Munich, is the new concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He accepted music director Wolfgang Sawallisch's offer to sit in Philadelphia's first violin chair, thus ending the orchestra's two-year search for a concertmaster. Ofer will assume the title of first concertmaster. He will have the primary responsibilities for leading the orchestral string section and taking solos with the section this year, orchestra spokeswoman Mary Loiselle confirmed yesterday morning.
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July 26, 1994 | by Tom Di Nardo, Daily News Classical Music Writer
This Thursday at the Mann Music Center, concertmaster Norman Carol will tune the Philadelphia Orchestra for the last time. And after his final performance on Aug. 27 at Saratoga, Carol will be able to contemplate a less hectic life, teaching at Curtis and playing with smaller ensembles. "Playing chamber music will be a real joy," Carol said. "I'm still having a love affair with a fiddle - it's like being hooked, I can't stop. After all, one's been under my chin since I was a little kid. " His successor will not be chosen by music director Wolfgang Sawallisch until next season is under way. Carol, concertmaster for 28 seasons, is one of four orchestra veterans retiring after the Saratoga, N.Y., season, the others being violists James Fawcett and Irving Segall and cellist Marcel Farago.
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February 23, 1999 | By Lesley Valdes, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
A violinist from the Philadelphia Orchestra who tried out for the concertmaster job here last year was named a concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony on Friday. Robert Chen, 30, won the post following auditions for CSO music director Daniel Barenboim on Friday. Chen will alternate with longtime concertmaster Samuel Magad in the dual post. They are considered co-concertmasters. Chen came to the Philadelphia Orchestra a year ago to audition for the concertmaster post, which has been vacant since concertmaster Erez Ofer's departure last March.
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January 16, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
A string quartet on a diet? A violin sonata on steroids? However you heard Monday's Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert of music for two violins, it wasn't anything typical. What looked like an enterprising but oddball program of Leclair, Milhaud, and Kreisler at the American Philosophical Society turned out to be something that really needed to be heard. With their intensive, ongoing professional association, David Kim and Juliette Kang (respectively, the concertmaster and first associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra)
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April 26, 2013
William Steck, 79, a violinist who performed under some of the most eminent conductors of the latter half of the 20th century and served as concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra for nearly two decades, died April 13 in Alexandria, Va. His death, from respiratory failure, was confirmed by his wife, Ann. From his appointment as concertmaster in 1982 until he stepped down in 2001, Mr. Steck was a familiar and essential presence at performances...
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April 22, 2012 | By Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Mild-mannered he is not. If Jaap van Zweden were a dinner-party guest, he might dominate table chatter, slide headlong into controversy, and hold forth in a self-important if good-humored tone. As it was, leading the Philadelphia Orchestra in Friday night's all-Russian program, the 51-year-old Dutchman was one of those guests trailing disagreement in his wake while still managing to leave you feeling more stimulated than riled. His most questionable piece of judgment on the podium in Verizon Hall was the sprint through the last movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. The pace was simply ridiculous.
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April 10, 2012 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
William de Pasquale, 78, whose regal visage held a magnetic, four-decade presence at the front of the Philadelphia Orchestra's first violin section and who was a member of a remarkable family of string players, died Sunday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications relating to prostate cancer. Though Mr. de Pasquale slipped into various titles with the orchestra - associate concertmaster, acting concertmaster, second concertmaster, and co-concertmaster - the job for him always amounted to being Mr. Dependable.
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March 6, 2012 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
Ricardo Morales, announced in April as the New York Philharmonic's new principal clarinetist, has resigned the post before even beginning, the Philharmonic acknowledged Monday after a reporter's inquiry. "For family reasons, Mr. Morales has chosen to remain in Philadelphia, where he currently holds the position of principal clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The New York Philharmonic wishes Mr. Morales well in his future endeavors," a Philharmonic statement said. A Philadelphia Orchestra Association spokeswoman said president Allison B. Vulgamore was unavailable, and the orchestra would offer only a short statement on the matter.
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May 11, 2011 | By Caroline Stewart, For The Inquirer
A night to remember Nearly 25 members of the Philadelphia Orchestra were among the 200 guests who attended its Perfect Harmony benefit, held Thursday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Perelman Building. The evening featured cocktails, a buffet supper, and musical performances by members of the orchestra. The live auction, which raised nearly $30,000, included lunch with music director designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin and a home recital by concertmaster David Kim and first associate concertmaster Juliette Kang followed by dinner for 10. The benefit, cochaired by Elizabeth Crowell, Esther Schwartz, and Lisa Weber-Yakulis, raised $85,000 for the orchestra.
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January 15, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
The Philadelphia Orchestra is playing encores. This might not seem like a big deal to listeners in New York or Toyko, where the orchestra is generous with such rewards, but it's not been the tradition on home turf. Last week, music director-designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin showed a promising sensitivity by capping Mozart's Requiem with the same composer's hushed Ave Verum Corpus , and Thursday night Gianandrea Noseda sent the audience home stoked by the sensuous glow of Sibelius' Waltz Triste . Encores are a lovely thanks to orchestra supporters being called on for help during a tough period in the institution's history, but choosing the right one is a balancing act, an art in itself.
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May 3, 2010 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Herbert Baumel was a 1942 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and a violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra during World War II. But more people may have heard him play because of the year he spent performing less classical music. As concertmaster for the original 1964 Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, Mr. Baumel was the orchestra-pit source of the onstage fiddler's fiddling. Because he performed during the 12 months of the Broadway run, his is the sound on the original cast recording.
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February 2, 2007 | By TOM DI NARDO For the Daily News
For seven years, Philadelphia Orchestra audiences have hailed the entrance of concertmaster David Kim to tune the ensemble before a performance. The violinist's tuning is really a symbolic post - the oboe has the most accurate A - but the job entails more than just brilliant playing. The concertmaster leads the violin section, marks the bowings on new or unfamiliar pieces and serves as a professional example. Occasionally, a concertmaster also acts as liaison between management and the musicians.
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May 13, 2005 | By TOM DI NARDO For the Daily News
For the finale of its season, the Philadelphia Orchestra offers a double-feature crowd pleaser: a Tchaikovsky program with favorite pianist Lang Lang. The famous Piano Concerto and the Fifth Symphony, the latter to be recorded by the orchestra's new label, Ondine, make up the center of the repertory, so conductor Christoph Eschenbach and Lang are likely to whip up some fireworks (2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets, $9-$76.
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