December 1, 2012 |
Virginia Halfmann's violin was just one voice among many, but her "monster" talent, colleagues said, contributed mightily to Eugene Ormandy's Philadelphia Sound. The violinist, 68, died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure, nephew John Halfmann said. Ms. Halfmann was hired by Ormandy in 1972 and retired from the second violin section in 2010. A gruff exterior belied a kind soul, friends said. "She was a real character, to say the least, a wonderful character," said Louis Lanza, Ms. Halfmann's stand partner in the orchestra for more than a decade.
November 18, 2010 |
It's all too easy to see Midori as a gala-esque figure - refined, remote, and playing something like Bruch's Scottish Fantasy with a great orchestra on an ornate stage - and not as the intensely physical violinist ready to dig deeply into the dense, enigmatic Bartok Violin Sonata No. 1 , getting her hands dirty (figuratively) and then progressing to the even more abstract George Crumb Notturnos . But that summarizes her Tuesday recital, presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society - full of challenging repertoire and risk-taking performances, plus great imagination and depth.
March 25, 2003 |
Operas have it easy. They can be updated with a mere change of costume. In symphonic music, interpretive updating is elusive and even discouraged, though pianist Natalie Zhu, best known as violinist Hilary Hahn's recital partner, did exactly that: Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 had an explosiveness that couldn't have been imagined in the composer's era. The occasion, Sunday at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, was the "Famed Concertos From Poland"...
June 29, 2001 |
For all its acoustical limitations and no-wiggle-room rehearsal schedules, the Philadelphia Orchestra's season at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts is a surprisingly viable low-stakes forum for trial runs. In his still-young conducting career, Itzhak Perlman delivered a surprisingly fine rendition of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 Wednesday, while the much-hailed 19-year-old violinist Ilya Gringolts made his orchestra debut with a lackluster performance of Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 - but without long-term consequences.
January 19, 2001 |
PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducting; Jaime Laredo, violin soloist. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday at Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets. Tickets: $18-$60. Info: 215-893-1999. As this weekend's guest artist, the Philadelphia Orchestra's program book lists Jaime (pronounced Jamie) Laredo, violinist. Yes, he'll be here playing his 1717 Stradivarius in the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, between Fruhbeck's interpretations of excerpts from Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the urgent Beethoven Seventh Symphony.
May 9, 1999 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra's search for a concertmaster is over. David Kim, 35-year-old senior associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has been offered the position and would begin in September. The concertmaster is second only to the music director in leadership within the symphony orchestra. The violinist is the conductor's main liaison with the players; the principal determines technical and interpretative matters such as string bowings, and how the dominant strings relate to the wind, brass and percussion families.
September 27, 1995 |
Weighing in at 50 pounds or so and carrying a quarter-size violin, Kyoko Takezawa played her debut at the Academy of Music in 1974. She was a small face in a crowd then, but when she returns this week - her violin a glowing, full-sized Stradivari - she stands as a singular young woman in the international whirl of violinists. Starting tomorrow, she will be soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra for four concerts, playing the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1. In that childhood visit to the Academy, she was one of 10 Suzuki violinists from Japan, touring to show the wonders of the Suzuki method of learning the instrument.
July 15, 1993 |
Sarah Chang's concert life is so busy that she hadn't seen the new house her family had bought in New Jersey until after they had lived in it a month. "I saw it two days ago," the 12-year-old violinist said. "I love it. So many rooms. I went from room to room, playing my violin in each one to see which sounded the best. " Being a stranger in her own house is an aspect of the kind of life she leads. She has been on tour since mid-May and arrived here last weekend from Europe in time to appear tonight with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Music Center.
October 5, 1992 |
Inherent talent, excellent teachers and supportive parents constitute the ideal formula for developing a young musician's expert technique. But you'll also discover a remarkable emotional depth on a new EMI disc, titled "Debut," by Philadelphia-born violinist Sarah Chang - considering that it was recorded (on a quarter-size violin) at age 9. The impressive CD includes mostly encore display pieces, accompanied by pianist Sandra Rivers, from a buoyant "Carmen" Fantasy to lovingly played, heartfelt shorts by Paganini, Tchaikovsky, Elgar and even Gershwin.
January 31, 1992 |
For a good part of this half of the century, the silk route for violinists has connected Israel with the Juilliard School. A caravan of important players has passed along that route to international careers. Shira Rabin is the latest. The dramatic young Israeli made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra last night, playing the Dvorak Concerto at the Academy of Music. There are characteristics shared in some degree by those who travel the silk route. Since most now study with Dorothy DeLay, they share a bright technique, dead-center intonation and somewhat tight, glittery approach to the repertoire.