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]
July 30, 1991 |
The final week of the Mann Music Center series will have been significant for three debuts, and two of them came last night. Mariss Jansons, the 48- year-old Latvian conductor, was making his first local appearance, as was his soloist, 38-year-old Russian emigre pianist Mikhail Rudy. Since both will return in the winter season, this was a preview for orchestra audiences. Jansons has been music director of the Oslo Philharmonic since 1979, and his recordings have been making his name known more widely.
October 5, 2009 |
Shostakovich's 1943 Symphony No. 8 is one in a handful of works that fathom the trauma of the 20th century with a boldness and originality so fearless that it's not often performed around here. However compelling Symphony in C's performance was on Saturday in Rutgers University-Camden's Gordon Theater, it went far to explain why: Once the steep musical challenges are met, you're entering a World War II-era abyss that not everyone (players or audience) can or will inhabit. Full of gargantuan war-inspired orchestral effects that prompt a visceral response from any alert musician, the symphony also requires a kind of life experience that the conservatory-age Symphony in C musicians can't be expected to have.
April 3, 1992 |
Bold emotions, boldly expressed, predominated last evening when Mariss Jansons, the music director of the Oslo (Norway) Philharmonic, conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of Shostakovich, Ravel and Elgar at the Academy of Music. With considerable aplomb, Jansons showed the measure of the febrile rituals expressed in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6, one of the least expansive and most ambivalent of the composer's symphonic output. Chameleon-like, the piece changes posture and attitudes; indeed the stern unanimity with which the violas and cellos are called upon to introduce the score hardly prepares you for its later carnival-like explosions.
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.
February 10, 1997 |
Mariss Jansons began his tenure as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Saturday, cheered on by a cohort of Norwegian fans and also by the players themselves. The 52-year-old music director-designate was greeted by a standing ovation at his first appearance, and after the last ripping chords of the Mahler Symphony No. 1, the audience was on its feet shouting, and the orchestra members were stomping their feet and applauding. The Latvian native has had the same effect in Norway, where he has been music director of the Oslo Philharmonic for 18 years.
June 4, 2000 |
Nobody is sure when Einojuhani Rautavaara will show up. The craggy 71-year-old composer who lives on an island near here with a minimum of modern conveniences had been expected for the European premiere of his Symphony No. 8 by the Philadelphia Orchestra a few days before in Cologne. He never showed. The affable but increasingly in-demand composer later explained: "In the evening of my so-called career . . . I have no time to compose anymore. " Fair enough. But the Helsinki premiere of the symphony last Sunday had a weighty significance; his schedule cleared.
September 21, 1995 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra opened its 96th season Tuesday - its players, conductor and repertoire filling the flower-laden Academy of Music with swirling images and signals of new directions and old traditions, dynamism and stasis. Wolfgang Sawallisch, himself a symbol of durable energy and curatorial solidity, was on the podium to begin his third season as music director. Unlike other years in his reign, he was returning to his orchestra after only a brief separation, for he last conducted the ensemble Sept.