June 25, 2012
1. b. 1900. 2. d. Fritz Scheel, 1900-07. 3. c. Yannick Nexet-Seguin. 4. a. London. 5. c. Eighth. 6. b. Camden. 7. d. Summer residency in Saratoga, started in 1966, under Eugene Ormandy. 8. a. The Big Broadcast of 1937. 9. b. Montreal Symphony. 10. c. 1960.
January 18, 2016
Early one morning, David Bowie opened the gate and went out into the big world of orchestral music, and, in a single half-hour recording, bagged a triumph. Bowie's narration of Peter and the Wolf with the Philadelphia Orchestra released in 1978 hardly represents the first or last handshake over this piece between classical long-hairs and pop stars. In hopes of finding a larger following, classical music often has looked to Prokofiev's 1936 work, inviting pop culture, show business, and political names of the day to do the narration.
April 13, 2016 |
Marcel Farago, 92, a Philadelphia Orchestra cellist from 1955 to 1994, died Friday, April 8, in Cherry Hill. Born in Romania, he was also a composer of numerous works, several of which were performed by the orchestra. Mr. Farago reportedly suffered from cancer but chose not to discuss it, and gave an interview packed with keen observations and lively wit only weeks before his death. He proudly stated that he was born in Timisoara, near the birthplace of the great Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.
September 21, 1990 |
Samuel Barber's warmblooded Violin Concerto does not in general lack for performances or recordings. But it has not been heard at the Academy of Music since its premiere by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy in 1941, with violinist Albert Spalding. Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg performs the concerto tonight, tomorrow and Tuesday under Riccardo Muti's direction. Rounding out this weekend's subscription program are Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti directing, at the Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Streets, tonight at 8, tomorrow and Tue. Tickets: $10-$60; $5 student tickets available with ID one-half hour before Mon-Thu subscription concerts; $2.50 unreserved amphitheater seats on sale one hour before Fri-Sat concerts.
November 6, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter, in the midst of a trade mission to the United Kingdom and Israel, announced Monday that the Philadelphia Orchestra will tour Europe in 2015. The orchestra will conclude its tour with two performances in London, Nutter said. The mayor called the orchestra "a vital cultural ambassador for the city, and one that brings tremendous economic development to the city by making the case for doing business in Philadelphia. " Nutter pointed out that the orchestra, with music director Eugene Ormandy, toured Britain in 1949, becoming the first orchestra from America to cross the Atlantic after World War II. The ensemble performed 28 concerts in 27 days in England and Scotland.
January 7, 1998 |
Marilyn Costello, 72, a harp prodigy who infused Philadelphia Orchestra performances with elegance and virtuosity for more than a generation, died of cancer Monday at her Rittenhouse Square apartment. In 47 years with the orchestra, 46 of them as principal, she appeared frequently as soloist. Audiences could identify her sound without having to look at the stage, for her playing was somehow operatic. Her playing combined urgency, rich and eloquent sound, and the passion of opera, but in French repertoire, sounded through mists of atmospheric subtlety.
May 15, 2010
For Ormandy, red roses and remembrance Once a year, on May 15, a dozen red roses appear on the grave of Eugene Ormandy in the churchyard of Old Pine Street Presbyterian. The roses are no mystery, but to the question of why the remains of the Philadelphia Orchestra's fourth music director, a Jew, reside in the cemetery of a Presbyterian church, the answer is not so clear. What happened was this: When Ormandy was dying, his physician was Edward Viner, who was friends with Bill Pindar, pastor of the church.
June 2, 1998 |
Gretel Ormandy, 89, widow of longtime Philadelphia Orchestra music director Eugene Ormandy and the orchestra's "Queen Mother," died Sunday evening at her Rittenhouse Square home after a long illness. Mrs. Ormandy suffered a stroke in November 1993 and had been confined to a wheelchair. "She was very kind and gracious," said Silvia Mann, widow of orchestra benefactor and industrialist Fredric R. Mann and a friend of Mrs. Ormandy's for more than 50 years. "And, of course, she was a wonderful wife to him. She did everything - packed and unpacked, dressed and undressed him. He didn't have to think about anything except his music.
May 23, 2006 |
Joseph Lanza, 73, of Cherry Hill, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1958 and its longtime assistant principal second violinist, died early Saturday morning at home. He had suffered briefly from pneumonia, his wife said. Mr. Lanza, born in a South Philadelphia rowhouse and schooled at the Juilliard School in New York, was one of those orchestra musicians who hated missing work, and even last week resisted staying home despite illness. His last time playing with the orchestra was Wednesday, in rehearsal.
February 15, 2016
The term Philadelphia Sound conjures for many the lush arrangements and piercing horns of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff tunes from the 1970s. For fans of classical music, however, the silky strings of the Philadelphia Orchestra define the city's namesake sound. Consider the story of the man who did much to perfect it: Eugene Ormandy. Born Jeno Blau in Budapest, Ormandy (1899-1985) was given a tiny fiddle at age 3. Two years later, he enrolled as a violinist in the Hungarian capital's Royal State Academy of Music before becoming its youngest graduate, at age 14. Ormandy arrived in the United States in 1921, lured by the prospect of a $30,000 concert tour.