April 20, 2016 |
What is the state of the orchestral training program at the Curtis Institute of Music at the moment? The question is worth asking mostly because so many Curtis orchestra concerts over the last 21/2 decades have so decisively tipped over into the professional-quality realm. The Curtis orchestra playing Sunday night in Verizon Hall veered more into the territory of a terrific student group - highly capable, but never quite getting to the sophisticated ensemble concepts that have often made this group a startling and unlikely phenomenon.
November 2, 2005 |
James R. "Budd" Ellison, 53, of Wynnefield Heights, longtime music director for singer Patti LaBelle, died of prostate cancer Oct. 26 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ellison joined LaBelle's band as a 19-year-old musician who had cowritten a song that was eventually recorded by the singer's girl group Labelle. "What Can I Do for You" was on the trio's album Nightbird and was one of several songs cowritten by Mr. Ellison during his 33-year tenure with Patti LaBelle as a composer, arranger, producer and music director.
March 15, 1992 |
In a week that includes the festive occasions of Purim and St. Patrick's Day, folks in Haddonfield have an added occasion to celebrate - Mayor John J. Tarditi Jr. has proclaimed the next seven days "Haddonfield Symphony Week. " Culminating Saturday in the Haddonfield Memorial High School auditorium with the annual "Pops Night at the Symphony" concert, the observance is a tribute not only to the musicians, but also to longtime music director and conductor Arthur Cohn, who announced his retirement this year.
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.
October 29, 2006 |
So here are the lessons learned by the Philadelphia Orchestra in the wily pursuit of music directors and other acts of senseless hope: You can't impose love on a loveless marriage. If you hire a 70-year-old music director, you might want to work quickly to find his successor. And if your orchestra is not in perpetual music-director search mode, you're living dangerously. The Philadelphia Orchestra's future would be clearer had its immediate past leadership really understood all this six years ago before Christoph Eschenbach was named, 13 years ago when Wolfgang Sawallisch started the job, and at every point since Eugene Ormandy faded from the scene.
June 1, 1989 |
Joseph H. Kluger, the Philadelphia Orchestra's general manager, yesterday was named executive director to replace Stephen Sell, who died Friday of lung cancer. Theodore A. Burtis, president of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, made the announcement after an orchestra board meeting. Kluger had served as Sell's second-in-command since joining the orchestra as general manager in 1985. The new executive director "knows well the qualities of this great orchestra and the human and artistic needs of our musicians," music director Riccardo Muti said in a statement from Japan, where the orchestra is on tour.
February 12, 2013 |
When Philadelphia Singers founder and music director Michael Korn died in 1991 at age 44, no one could imagine the group continuing. But it did; in fact, his successor, David Hayes, has now been at the helm longer than Korn was. And as Hayes clocks more than two decades in the job, he is asking the board to start envisioning a future without him. Hayes told his singers Monday night that the 2014-15 season will be his last. A search committee for his successor will be formed, a board member said.
November 25, 2015 |
Though he was a master musician on several fronts - violinist, conductor, and educator - to those who knew Joseph Silverstein, he was simply "Joey. " Mr. Silverstein, 83, who died Sunday, Nov. 22, after suffering a heart attack at his home in Stockbridge, Mass., was concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1962 to 1983 and music director of the Utah Symphony from 1983 to 1998, and had been the gray eminence of the Curtis Institute violin faculty since 2000. He was revered as a man of gravitas without pretension.
February 28, 2016
The Promise of Music . Philadelphia's long-standing All City Orchestra program has an improvisatory feeling at the moment, as leaders try out new programs and try on new partners. The high school ensemble, a distillation of city talent formed through auditions, now has the Philadelphia Orchestra as its "lead artistic partner," and for the group's Friday concert, Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will stop by to lead part of the program. The concert includes works for three ensembles alone - All City Orchestra, band, and choir.
June 6, 2015 |
Andreas Delfs, a relatively high-profile orchestral conductor, will take up the baton at a school - as professor of music and artistic director and conductor of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra. He officially starts July 1 and will move to Philadelphia, said Robert Stroker, dean of Temple's Boyer College of Music and Dance. The German-born conductor - who was music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2009 and of the St. Paul (Minn.) Chamber Orchestra from 2001 to 2004 - will run Temple's orchestral program, teach conducting and orchestral repertoire, oversee commissioning and the engagement of guest artists, and coach chamber music, Stroker said.