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.
December 24, 2014 |
Stefan Brock Kozinski, 61, formerly of Chadds Ford, an internationally known composer, conductor and musician, died this month in his apartment in Bremen, Germany. The German medical examiner said he was found unresponsive in his bed by a friend on Thursday, Dec. 11. The cause of death was a heart attack. The exact time of his death was unclear. A native of Wilmington, Mr. Kozinski lived in many places throughout his music career - Chadds Ford, New York City, Spokane, Wash., and Germany.
December 4, 2015 |
The music isn't likely to sound like anything most Americans have heard: The polarities between Arab and Western music, both obvious and subtle, are such that their fusion in this Saturday's concert, Words Adorned: Andalusian Poetry and Music, at Bryn Mawr College might seem impossible. Then it becomes perfectly doable. "It's supposed to blend the sounds of this pluralistic, cosmopolitan city," said Hanna Khoury, music director of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture Music Program, which instigated the year-in-the-planning concert with the Crossing choir in works by two Syrian-born composers.
June 24, 1999 |
Peter DiMario worked after school, between cross-country meets and play practice, for months before he realized that no matter how much he worked, he would not make enough to go on a European tour with an area youth choir. "It sounds so cool to be on a European tour," said the 18-year-old. So he worked as a clerk at the auto tag agency for another year, and sold pizza and Easter flowers. Now he is preparing to leave Tuesday for the Netherlands and Belgium with Chester County Voices Abroad, a 24-member youth choir.
January 11, 2015 |
Just because Richard Strauss' boisterous tone poem Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks often seems to "play itself" doesn't mean that it should arrive on autopilot, as often as it does. In his return to the Philadelphia Orchestra, former music director Christoph Eschenbach didn't allow that to happen, in ways that could restore one's lost faith in the piece. In his Strauss/Schumann program on Thursday at the Kimmel Center, your ears settled into the "once-upon-a-time" theme that opens Strauss' series of musico-dramatic adventures that depict the mythical roguish prankster and show the composer full of guttural humor in what ultimately emerged as his most fractured score.
May 3, 2012 |
Long one of Philadelphia's proudest exports, classical music keeps flowing out beyond the city limits - more than ever, in fact, despite reports that this particular corner of the recording industry is dying or dead. Even longtime Philadelphia Orchestra music director Eugene Ormandy, who is indisputably dead, isn't acting that way, to judge from his presence on the Europe-based Pristine Classical website, which specializes in historical recordings. "He doesn't sell spectacularly as [Arturo]