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NEWS
March 7, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, Music Critic
If there was something strongly reassuring about Saturday morning's Philadelphia Orchestra family concert, it came in a certain lack of bells and whistles - and puppets. New York troupe Puppet Kitchen was originally billed for the Verizon Hall concert featuring Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra . But puppets were felled by the orchestra's budget ax earlier this season. How well such visuals would have worked with sound can't be known, of course. It might have been genius.
NEWS
March 15, 1992 | By Judy Baehr, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
November 6, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2006 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
NEWS
June 1, 1989 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer staff writer Daniel Webster contributed to this article
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
NEWS
September 29, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
All else seemed but an earthly prologue by Sunday afternoon's massive outdoor papal Mass on the Parkway. The logistical hurdles, pope tchotchkes silly and sincere, the queasy police-state feeling that gripped the city starting Friday - all was set aside as the Philadelphia Orchestra and a chorus of about 500 laid down a soundtrack of contemplation and triumph for an in-person and online audience of perhaps a million or more. The orchestra, led by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, played Beethoven and Brahms as the papal motorcade arrived at Eakins Oval with the Philadelphia Museum of Art the backdrop, and a canopy of cool gray skies over the crowd.
NEWS
February 21, 1991 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writer
Only three days after the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra ended a lingering labor dispute, conductor Hugh Wolff announced yesterday that he would not return as music director when his contract expires next year. Wolff, the Harvard-trained Wunderkind who has shaped a lackluster ensemble into a top-ranked regional orchestra over the last six years, took pains at a news conference to emphasize that his decision was not related to the musicians' contract or the symphony's troubled finances.
NEWS
February 13, 2016 | By John Timpane, STAFF WRITER
The much-anticipated return of eminent conductor James Levine to the Philadelphia area on Feb. 18-20 will not happen. On Friday, Levine, who is battling Parkinson's Disease but has been described as eager to return to conducting, withdrew from his guest conducting engagement with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Levine is in the midst of changing his medical regimen; the reason given in a statement for his withdrawal was that travel and performance "would be detrimental to his current medical treatment.
NEWS
August 26, 2008 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The Philadelphia Orchestra burned through a lot of music-director prospects last season. At the outset, in September, the roster brimmed with nearly a half-dozen conductors whose reputations or previous visits raised expectations. Then they conducted here. And that was that. Among players, the tantalizing rumor is circulating that the candidate pool has been winnowed down to one: God. With such Talent not on the roster at CAMI or any of the other classical-talent agencies, the orchestra might think back a mere five years for a reality check to the conductor before last.
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