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January 26, 2007 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
No matter how architecturally impressive a building may be, it's only walls and ceiling until animated by people who command - if not surpass - its potential. Though the sounds of many great artists massaged the Academy of Music's plaster in its first 50 years, the Old World structure waited until 1912 to take its place among the centers of New World culture with the arrival of its first resident titan, conductor Leopold Stokowski. The first great music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, whose stormy reign lasted until 1941, Stokowski wasn't just the most glamorous of Philadelphia musicians, he was possibly the most artistically distinguished.
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June 4, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL MALLY
Judge Arlin Adams accepts the honors at the American Philosophical Society. The longtime lawyer and former federal judge received the Philadelphia Award for service to the community yesterday. Previous winners include Mayor Rendell, City Council President John F. Street, singer Marian Anderson and conductor Leopold Stokowski.
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September 17, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / TOM GRALISH
Philadelphia looms large in the U.S. Postal Service's latest stamps honoring great figures in American music. Among honorees are Eugene Ormandy and Leopold Stokowski, former music directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Samuel Barber, the Philadelphia composer. Here, Wolfgang Sawallisch, the current music director, holds a framed copy of the stamps presented at the Academy of Music yesterday.
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October 27, 1986 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / ED HILLE
Edna Phillips made a bit of history when she was hired by Leopold Stokowski in 1930. As a harpist, she became the first woman to play in the Philadelphia Orchestra and the first female principal player in any American orchestra. After she resigned in 1946, she turned her energies to the Settlement Music School, which honored her yesterday with a concert at its South Philadelphia Branch.
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July 30, 1987 | By DAVE BITTAN, Daily News Staff Writer
Leopold Stokowski, the white-maned, flamboyant orchestra conductor who is credited with extending the range of music played by symphonies - and who built the Philadelphia Orchestra into today's magnificent instrument - is remembered tonight at 9 on Wayne Conner's "Collector's Corner" (WHYY (FM/ 91). English-born, despite his Polish name, Stokowski worked with engineers to improve the quality of recorded sound. We hear the results as Connor features "Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra, 1929-30.
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June 25, 2012
The Philadelphia Orchestra has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of Leopold Stokowski becoming music director. See what you know about him, his career, and the Fabulous Philadelphians.   1.   In what year did the orchestra first perform at the Academy of Music?   a. 1912. b. 1900. c. 1890. d. 1887.   2.   Name the first music director.   a. Carl Pohilg. b. Leopold Stokowski. c. Eugene Ormandy.
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September 5, 2016
Arts smarts. What is the job of arts journalists today - to be mere cheerleaders, or to ask tough questions about what we are hearing on stage, what we are missing, and why? A group of Philadelphia arts leaders and journalists consider the question at the Kimmel Center's free open house at 10 a.m. Sept. 10. Howard Shapiro of WHYY's Newsworks leads a panel that includes Philadelphia chief cultural officer Kelly Lee, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance president Maud Lyon, Karin Copeland of the Arts and Business Council, and other arts administrators.
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September 17, 2007
RE SUZANNE Muldowney's letter, "Too much Elvis!": Groucho Marx's claim to being famous was slapstick comedy and a quiz show with a rubber duck with a cigar in its mouth. On Zero Mostel, I have serious doubts how many Americans could name two movies he ever appeared in. Maria Callas and Leopold Stokowski speak for themselves. Bing Crosby: Nice man, great golf tournament, "White Christmas" (great holiday song), end of story. Elvis Presley, American icon, served his country, was a person whose generosity was only outdone by his millions of records, many of which were gold.
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April 3, 1992 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
In the 1960s, Richard Yardumian was a widely performed Philadelphia composer, but the almost inevitable 20 years of oblivion that follows the death of composers has obscured his work. To correct that, the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra will play an all- Yardumian program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday - what would have been the composer's 75th birthday - at Holy Trinity Church. The event will be a benefit for the orchestra and for the Armenian General Benevolent Union. A Philadelphia native of Armenian descent, Yardumian began to compose as a teenager, blending Armenian folk songs and classical music he heard at home.
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September 5, 2016
Arts smarts. What is the job of arts journalists today - to be mere cheerleaders, or to ask tough questions about what we are hearing on stage, what we are missing, and why? A group of Philadelphia arts leaders and journalists consider the question at the Kimmel Center's free open house at 10 a.m. Sept. 10. Howard Shapiro of WHYY's Newsworks leads a panel that includes Philadelphia chief cultural officer Kelly Lee, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance president Maud Lyon, Karin Copeland of the Arts and Business Council, and other arts administrators.
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May 14, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
NEW YORK - Speculation over Yannick Nézet-Séguin's appointment to the Metropolitan Opera continues to rage - but you wouldn't suspect that amid the nonchalant Carnegie Hall crowd at the Philadelphia Orchestra's final concert of its season here. Usually the orchestra plays Carnegie Hall at the end of a subscription series. Wednesday's concert, though, preceded the same program Thursday through Saturday at the Kimmel Center. Though not at its most polished, the orchestra delivered a program of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Lang Lang and the Mahler Symphony No. 10 that was greeted with considerable receptivity, though at nearly 21/2 hours, the concert had listeners leaving to catch their trains the minute the symphony ended.
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March 13, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Always mighty, often amazing, the Mahler Symphony No. 8 unfolded Thursday with somewhat less than the supposed thousand musicians for whom the piece was ideally conceived. But you wouldn't have wanted more than the Philadelphia Orchestra's 420 singers and instrumentalists, who made as much sound as the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall could hold. The first of four sold-out performances that promised to be (and were) the season's highlight, the event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the orchestra's U.S. premiere of the Mahler 8th under Leopold Stokowski.
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March 7, 2016
Vincent Fraley is communications manager for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania As the Philadelphia Orchestra tunes up for this week's performances of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 , consider the story of the man who introduced the orchestra to the world: Leopold Stokowski. Born in London to a Polish carpenter father and an Irish mother, Stokowski (1882-1977) studied at Britain's Royal College of Music and Queen's College, Oxford, before working as an organist and choirmaster.
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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.
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January 25, 2016
Beth Kephart is the author of 20 books, including "LOVE: A Philadelphia Affair" More than 20 years after its grand opening in 1857, the Academy of Music, that audacious "Grand Old Lady of Locust Street," was still and yet inspiring breathless prose. It was, according to my favorite Philadelphia history book, A Century After (1876), built of "dark brick and stone in the Italianized Byzantine style," had a "delicious nursing quality for the voice," and "was not only big, but abundantly decorated and furnished; there was nothing barn-like in its huge dimensions; the upholstery and walls, of a judicious shade of crimson, relieved the white-and-gold rainbows of the successive tiers.
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October 4, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
So the Rachmaninoff concerto recordings continue with the Philadelphia Orchestra after all. With the wildfire acclaim for the orchestra's collaboration with pianist Daniil Trifonov in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (just released on Deutsche Grammophon), a follow-up this week with the same forces and same composer's Piano Concerto No. 4 seemed planned, with four concerts to record Thursday through Sunday at the Kimmel Center. When questioned, the recording company was vague.
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September 11, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HELEN KEMP was internationally known as a specialist in teaching children to sing, but in later years she discovered the pleasures of teaching singing to seniors. She trained children and their teachers in the art of choral singing for more than seven decades. When she went to a retirement home in Doylestown, she organized retirees into a chorus that was highly acclaimed. Helen Hubbert Kemp, a lyric soprano who sang with some of the leading orchestras of her day, a former faculty member of the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., and a composer of more than 35 anthems, died Aug. 23. She was 97 and lived in Jamison, Bucks County.
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April 3, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Koch Koplin, 75, of Center City, a gifted musician and tax accountant, died Friday, March 27, of complications from prostate cancer at his home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Koplin was a child prodigy on the trumpet. At age 10, he performed solos on Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue, a TV variety show. At 11, he played for the Philadelphia Orchestra at children's concerts. Later, he studied and played at musical festivals worldwide. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in music, and while there, he played first trumpet in the Rochester Philharmonic and assistant first trumpet in the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
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January 25, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Yannick Nézet-Séguin celebrated his 1,500th concert since his 1994 debut with a Philadelphia Orchestra performance that was beyond what audiences have come to expect from him in his three years as music director. "Beyond" didn't always mean "distinguished," but it did in the dominant work on the Thursday concert, Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 : Though not for those who prefer lean, straightforward Rachmaninoff, the performance's fusion of passion, insight, great playing and Philadelphia sound fused into something that easily deserved the rock-star reception from the Kimmel Center audience, in the second week of the St. Petersburg Festival.
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