February 21, 1991 |
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.
January 27, 2015 |
Stella Ferrari Conaway, 92, of West Chester, a respected voice teacher and performer, died Thursday, Jan. 8, her 61st wedding anniversary, of Alzheimer's disease at Simpson Meadows, Downingtown. Mrs. Conaway was a trained soprano, and her husband, Wayne Elias Conaway, a trained tenor; the two performed classical music and opera duets up and down the East Coast. The venues were local auditoriums where they often sang to benefit music clubs, he said. She earned academic degrees in music from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music - now part of the University of the Arts - and joined the faculty of the music department at West Chester University.
August 26, 2008 |
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.
October 6, 2008 |
While the New York Philharmonic awaits new blood with the arrival next season of Alan Gilbert, who it has on the podium now is hardly a compromise. True, tour appearances are deceptive. But the one Friday night at the Kimmel Center with outgoing music director Lorin Maazel attested to a wise steward in sync with an ensemble of generally high standards. In this orchestra, as in all large American orchestras, the triumph of job security sometimes causes the listener to wince at spotty cases of players who have stayed too long.
November 25, 1988 |
Gunther Herbig, music director of the Detroit Symphony who next season leads the Toronto Symphony, will conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G minor and Schonberg's Verklarte Nacht this weekend. The centerpiece is the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major with violinist Cho-Liang Lin. Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, at 2 p.m. today and 8 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday. Tickets: $8 to $50. Phone: 893-1999. NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY.
August 15, 2007 |
In a surprise reversal of what appeared to be a deteriorating relationship between the Philadelphia Orchestra management and outgoing music director Christoph Eschenbach, the orchestra announced late yesterday that Eschenbach will have extended residencies in Philadelphia through the 2009-2010 season. Though Eschenbach's formal tenure as music director concludes at the end of the forthcoming 2007-2008 season, plus a previously announced tour in winter of 2009, he will also spend "multiple weeks with the orchestra conducting projects under discussion," according to a news release.
January 11, 1991 |
Everybody talks at once in Prokofiev's Third Symphony. Strings charge ahead in one direction, trumpets careen in another, timpani bangs, tambourine rattles, the piccolo has a banshee shrillness. It's a score that appropriates every inch of space surrounding the 100-plus members of the orchestra. Prokofiev composed the music in 1928-29 using thematic ideas from his at- the-time-unstaged opera The Fiery Angel. Like the theater piece, the symphony conjures heaven and hell; Russia's steppes, Stalin's sadism.
November 27, 2008 |
Harry Rosen, 84, of Center City, a former typesetter and music director, died of complications from heart failure Monday at Hahnemann University Hospital. A native of New York City, Mr. Rosen was an Army rifleman in Italy during World War II. After his discharge, Mr. Rosen, who had been a cantor in Orthodox congregations in his youth, was accepted at the Juilliard School. He hoped to study piano and conducting, but had to help support his family so he became a typesetter, said his wife, Sylvia Weinstock Rosen.
July 1, 2013 |
For years at a time, classical Philadelphians go missing from the recording industry - and then they return amid a critical mass that couldn't have been predicted. Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will eventually have 100 or so concerts available for download and streaming. Though the Philadelphia Orchestra's recorded debut with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin won't be out until fall, he has major discs with his other two orchestras (Montreal Metropolitain and Rotterdam Philharmonic)
December 30, 2011 |
AS THE Quaker City String Band rehearsed the wooden soldier march of its latest routine on a chilly December evening, Jim Fox Jr. blended right into the horde of saxophonists playing through "Teddy Bears' Picnic" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home. " But despite being one alto among many, Fox is responsible for an outsized portion of the cacophony being raised on the second floor of the venerable Mummers band's South Philly clubhouse. Probably half of the Quaker City saxophonists wouldn't be there on New Year's Day if it weren't for Fox. That's literally the case for two of them, Fox's college-age sons, who are carrying on the family tradition.