April 2, 1987 |
The Academy of Children's Music of Fort Washington welcomed maestro Riccardo Muti, conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, at the academy's annual spring concert on Sunday at St. Thomas Church in Fort Washington. Students of the Suzuki method, ranging from 3 to 10 years old, performed on violin, cello and piano. The music director was Robert dePasquale.
February 28, 1999 |
What kind of man is Wolfgang Sawallisch? Six years into his tenure as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra - and who knows how many months away from the announcement of his successor - many still wonder about the German gentleman-maestro. Yes, some can see that his personal style is warm but formal, that his consummate musicianship breathes easy. Sawallisch never sells a score: He lets it sell itself. Still, they wonder. He is a strong man and a brave man, a man of inordinate discipline.
February 4, 2010 |
Horror film geeks, don't abandon hope: There is a cure for Paranormal Activity-overdose. His name is Ti West. He hails from Wilmington. And soon, he'll be your hero too. West is the writer-director of the far superior minimalist suspenser House of the Devil, a retro-'80s gem that opened in October to rave reviews. Sadly, it was eclipsed at the box office by Paranormal, which came out just a month earlier and which captured the media's attention with vengeance. (Guess which flick went on to gross $107,918,810 and which $101,215?
August 6, 2010 |
The Concert is a breakneck melodrama that milks laughs and wrings tears. In broadest outlines, this mistaken-identity crowd pleaser is about a janitor and onetime Russian symphony conductor, Andrei Filipov (Alexei Guskov), who belatedly completes a concert that was tragically interrupted. In 1980, during the Brezhnev regime's crackdown on Jews, Filipov refused to fire Jewish musicians from the Bolshoi Orchestra. As a result, as he conducted Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major , a Communist apparatchik broke Filipov's baton and his spirits.
June 16, 1996 |
It's not often that Wolfgang Sawallisch speaks out in his role as guiding artistic force of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Unlike his predecessors, the 72-year-old maestro tends to be discreet, often silent, on institutional affairs. Even when talking to his own musicians. But on a busy Beijing afternoon near the end of the orchestra's recent three-week Asian tour, such musings pour forth freely from the orchestra's music director. How will the orchestra continue to record given a deteriorating relationship with its label, EMI, and the reduced state of the classical recording industry in general?
June 12, 2013
Bruno Bartoletti, an orchestra conductor who was associated with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a half-century and who championed modern opera as well as classic works, died Sunday in his native Tuscany, a day before his 87th birthday. The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, where the maestro had served as artistic director from 1985 until 1991, said Mr. Bartoletti died at a Florence hospital after a long illness. In a career that saw Mr. Bartoletti conduct well into his 80s - he directed Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut at Florence's Teatro Comunale in February 2011 - he served as the first music director of Chicago's Lyric Opera, starting as guest conductor there in 1956, when he was relatively unknown.
February 10, 2005 |
For more than 60 years, the Polish polkas of maestro Walter A. Ossowski, 89, of Mayfair, have entertained thousands on the radio, at festivals, concerts and records. Mr. Ossowski died last Thursday of congestive heart failure at St. John Neumann Nursing Home in the Northeast. Born and raised in Port Richmond, Mr. Ossowski began playing the violin as a youngster. He continued to study at Settlement Music School and at Mastbaum Vocational School, where he graduated in 1932. He also studied under I. Siekierka, of the Warsaw Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras.
December 8, 2001 |
The long wait is over. On Thursday night, just after 7, the Philadelphia Orchestra and maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch finally played the first sound in their new Kimmel Center home - a huge, reverberant C. It was the first note of Beethoven's "Coriolan" Overture, which resounded through Verizon Hall. Then came the full piece, and the suite from Stravinsky's "Firebird," played with a special sheen and gusto even though the audience hadn't arrived yet. An hour later, 2,500 patrons had filled the cello-shaped hall for an invitation-only acoustic test performance by the orchestra.
February 28, 1994 |
Last week, Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch was asked if next season's concert version of the Strauss opera "Ariadne auf Naxos" was deliberately scheduled for May to insure against snow. It was a reference to his astounding pinch-hit performance on Feb. 11 when, at an impromptu free Academy of Music concert, he played the orchestral reduction of a whole Wagner program at the piano. "No, it would be much easier than Wagner - the Strauss is only scored for 36 instead of 100 players," chuckled Sawallisch.
February 7, 1992 |
Anthony Bolden is a tenor, but someone else will have to become the next Pavarotti. Similarly, if the Philadelphia-based rhythm and blues group Boyz II Men someday needs an upright bass player, Bolden doubts he could be the answer. "I enjoy music, but I mostly take it as a hobby," Bolden said. "People who think they're good in music are a dime a dozen. But you really have to have talent. I'm not that advanced. "Academics and basketball are what's going to get me to college.