January 16, 2014 |
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)
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...
April 22, 2012 |
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.
April 10, 2012 |
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.
March 6, 2012 |
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.
May 11, 2011 |
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.
January 15, 2011 |
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.
May 3, 2010 |
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.
February 2, 2007 |
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.
May 13, 2005 |
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.