February 10, 2009 |
If ever the Philadelphia Orchestra had the impetus to transcend its own excellence, it's the current tour of the Canary Islands and Europe. But if ever circumstances worked against that. . . . Even in the acoustically superb Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid last week, the orchestra had experienced so many successive days of traveling and playing - sometimes in halls with a built-in defeat factor - that lost ground wasn't made up immediately. Would audiences for these last Iberian dates of the tour know the difference?
September 16, 1995 |
For the second time in a month, USAir has applied to fly nonstop between Philadelphia and a European capital, this time to Madrid. USAir's application, filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation, comes on top of a request to the government filed Aug. 21 to serve the Philadelphia-Rome route. The airline also has asked for government approval to fly nonstop between Boston and both Madrid and Rome. If USAir gets both U.S. and Spanish government approval for the Madrid service, and wins the Rome route, Philadelphia will have nonstop flights to six European cities.
October 7, 1986 |
My 22-year-old chum, Elenita, telephoned this morning to invite me to luncheon on Friday. She said, "My mother would like you to meet a lady who is going to Philadelphia for three months. " "Why?" I asked. Elenita, not much given to taking any interest in others, didn't know. After I hung up, it occurred to me that if I had been told the lady was going to New York for three months I wouldn't have asked why. People go to New York just for the hell of it, just to have a good time, but a visit to Philadelphia requires a more serious purpose.
July 1, 2001 |
The trip to Spain began with a "Sunrise, Sunset" moment. As I gathered up the family passports, I glanced down at the baby photo on my daughter Sylvia's passport. Wasn't it only yesterday? Then I noticed the passport's expiration date, which had once seemed so absurdly out in the future. It had come and gone 10 days earlier. It was now 9 p.m. on Friday. Our flight to Madrid and our discount, nonrefundable seats were leaving Philadelphia in 23 hours. Operating on high alert, I phoned the State Department.
October 20, 2003 |
Juan Carlos Ferrero won the Madrid (Spain) Masters yesterday with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Nicolas Massu and overtook Andy Roddick for first place in the ATP Champions Race with 3 weeks left. Ferrero, the French Open champion and U.S. Open runner-up, has four titles this season. He will lead Spain in the Davis Cup final next month in Australia. Ferrero has 826 points in the season-long ATP Champions Race, four more than Roddick, who lost to Massu in the third round. The Champions Race standings are based on the four majors, the nine Tennis Masters Series events and a player's other top results.
September 18, 1988 |
The drawing in the newspaper showed a locomotive pulling five cars as it raced across a bridge. Smoke billowed from the stack. The picture illustrated an advertisement for a day's excursion to Aranjuez on El Tren de la Fresa. It is called the Strawberry Train because Aranjuez is celebrated for its strawberries. It is also celebrated for its asparagus but El Tren de la Fresa obviously has more glamour and appeal than El Tren de los Esparragos. The sight of the gallant little locomotive chuff-chuffing along reminded me of the 1920s, when I went to Spain as a child with my mother.
May 8, 1989 |
He took the mound as the ninth starting pitcher for the Phillies' injury- riddled staff this year, and the team did not know what to expect. But Alex Madrid came up big. He pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball yesterday in his first start of the season, and the Phillies used a reserve-filled lineup to coast to a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The second shutout in three games by their much-maligned staff gave the Phillies their first winning series since they swept Montreal at home April 10-12.
May 19, 1992 |
There's a point in this city that is the exact geographic center of Spain, and the hall in which the Philadelphia Orchestra played its concerts Sunday and Monday is the center of an exploding musical scene in Madrid. No longer a country of historic, decaying theaters, Spain is building and renewing. With the opening of the Auditoria Nacional in the late 1980s, Madrid has four major halls, filling with orchestras in a way that invites comparison with London. The Philadelphians completed their Spanish tour with concerts in the Auditoria Nancional, whose interior recalls the Berlin Philharmonic's surround-seating and dramatically angled balconies.
April 15, 2007 |
When I mentioned I wanted to go to Extremadura, my Spanish boyfriend looked at me as if I was loca. Extremadura isn't exactly high on the lists of most tourists in Spain. Or natives, for that matter. It's the region to the west of Madrid that borders Portugal, home to a rugged landscape and walled towns that appear nearly untouched by the 21st century. It's not that Extremadura isn't appealing. Most Spaniards simply don't think about it. Visitors to Spain flock to the beaches, to the sunny south or the verdant north, or to the cosmopolitan big cities.
March 13, 2004 |
Yesterday was a day of mourning and protest in Madrid. The day after Spain's worst terrorist attack, an angry and intensely emotional parade of more than 2.5 million people poured into the streets of the Spanish capital to protest the bombings that killed almost 200 and injured nearly 1,500. A sea of millions chanting "Assassins, ETA No!" and waving the Spanish flag braved cold, rainy weather and walked a 1-mile route from the Plaza de Colon to the Atocha rail station. ETA is the Basque separatist group suspected in the bombings.