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ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
So many opera recordings are coming out these days - whether old performances from radio archives or new ones from the operatic provinces - that even a new Don Giovanni doesn't automatically have a sense of occasion. An exception, though, is conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin's new recording of Mozart's greatest opera - and his debut audio recording on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label - with the kind of starry cast that few opera houses could assemble. Headed by Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and Luca Pisaroni (Giovanni and Leporello)
NEWS
September 12, 2012 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
The publisher doesn't toss the morning paper onto your lawn, nor does the airline pilot walk down the aisle asking for your choice of beverage. So when the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra popped up unannounced at the Kimmel Center box office Monday as season single tickets went on sale, the patron on the other side of the window was startled. And charmed. "He's a nice, young, exuberant and lovely person to represent the orchestra," Carolyn Platt of Abington said of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who this season becomes the orchestra's eighth music director.
NEWS
August 12, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Another YNS triumph? That phrase, once used in modified form as Leonard Bernstein went from success to success, also applies to the last two weeks in the life of the music-director-designate of the Philadelphia Orchestra. After an acclaimed Mostly Mozart Festival week in New York, Yannick Nézet-Séguin debuted at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with his soon-to-be-orchestra and clearly won new admirers, especially at the Wednesday program featuring Lang Lang playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Brahms' Symphony No. 4 . At Thursday's "Italian Opera Night," the spotlight was on singers Angela Meade and Bryan Hymel, both Academy of Vocal Arts graduates, for an audience that seemed to be experiencing much of this music for the first time.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2012 | Peter Dobrin
This article was originally posted on Inquirer music critic Peter Dobrin's blog, Arts Watch. Find it at www.philly.com/artswatch . As mentioned by The Inquirer in January, incoming Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be recording with Deutsche Grammophon. The label officially announced the "long-term collaboration" Thursday. Nézet-Séguin is slated to make three DG recordings with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he is music director, starting with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6, "Pathétique.
NEWS
June 29, 2012 | By Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander offered each other the hand of peace Wednesday in a long-awaited encounter symbolizing Northern Ireland's progress in achieving reconciliation after decades of violence. The monarch and Martin McGuinness met privately inside Belfast's riverside Lyric Theatre during a cross-community arts event featuring Northern Ireland musicians, poets and artists. Media were barred from seeing their first handshake during an icebreaker over coffee and tea. But the two shook hands again a half-hour later for the cameras' benefit, documenting a moment that would have been inconceivable back in the days when IRA leaders were plotting to kill the British royal family.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2012 | David Hiltbrand
You remember Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.? He was the sixth-season proof positive that America's Got Talent . In the middle of a benefit concert in his native West Virginia last week, he instructed the audience members to refer to the handout sheets they had been furnished. Junior had an agenda. He wanted to set a world record for the most people singing a TV theme song in one place. Are you ready? Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, A tale of a fateful trip That started from this tropic port Aboard this tiny ship.
FOOD
March 15, 2012 | By Elizabeth Karmel, Associated Press
Try this Guinness-marinated steak sandwich for St. Paddy's Day, a refreshing change from stew or corned beef and cabbage.   Guinness Marinated Flank Steak Sandwiches With Grilled Onions and Boursin Cheese Makes 4 servings 2-pound flank steak or London broil, at least 1-inch thick 14.9-ounce can Guinness beer 2 large red onions, cut into 1/2-inch slices 1 small container Boursin...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2012 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has made incremental but encouraging progress in the campaign to finance its reorganization and operations for several years beyond an expected exit from bankruptcy. But it still has a "mountain of money" to raise. About $35.5 million has been committed in gifts and pledges on the way to an immediate goal of $44 million, orchestra chairman Richard B. Worley said Monday. In addition to previously announced gifts from the William Penn Foundation and other local philanthropists, the orchestra has nailed down two anonymous donations totaling $5.5 million, $1 million from Dorrance Hill Hamilton, and gifts from 50 members of its own board.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2012 | By Daniel Webster, For The Inquirer
No one doubted that the Yannick era with the Philadelphia Orchestra had begun Thursday when the music director-designate led Mahler and Bach at Verizon Hall. The day before, Yannick Nézet-Séguin had expansively laid out plans for his first season, and had sought to assure the players in rehearsal that things were going to get better. In concert, the conductor, whose tenure begins in September, splashed large the range of styles he means to survey and laid out, in Bach, his fides as a performing musician.
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