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September 11, 2005 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
The Philadelphia Orchestra has satisfied the terms of a major challenge grant, triggering a $10 million gift and pushing the orchestra's campaign for its endowment past the $100 million mark. The orchestra will receive $10 million from the Neubauer Family Foundation - now that the orchestra has raised an additional $10 million from various donors and $10 million from its own board. The Neubauer money puts the total raised for the endowment campaign at $100,800,000. The current goal is $125 million - "though I'd like to see us blow past that," said Julie D?az, the orchestra's vice president of development.
NEWS
December 28, 1989 | By Lucinda Fleeson, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Orchestra announced yesterday that it had received a $3 million challenge grant from the William Penn Foundation, the first gift from a major Philadelphia foundation for the proposed $95 million concert hall. "It's a very significant sign," said Peter Wyeth, director of development for the orchestra. The foundation grant, he said, gave the concert-hall project "the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. " According to a statement by Bernard C. Watson, president of the William Penn Foundation, the grant "reflects our belief that the concert hall project is an extremely important one for Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 1990 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
The Philadelphia Orchestra takes its case to the people tomorrow, beginning a three-week, cross-country, sea-to-sea tour. But despite all the departure hoopla scheduled at Philadelphia International Airport - balloons, a brass quintet playing Sousa marches, and a speech by music director Riccardo Muti - the orchestra will board its plane wondering if this may be the end of a format, the last flight into the sunset, the twilight of a 70-year-old tradition....
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2005 | By TOM DI NARDO For the Daily News
The two Kimmel Center resident organizations will combine their operational functions, though each will remain a separate nonprofit entity with their own board of directors. The public may see little change in the near-term, though crossmarketing and cost savings will eventually benefit both organizations. "Only about 6 percent of the audience attends both orchestras, so there is plenty of opportunity," said outgoing orchestra association president Joseph Kluger. "The Pops budget is about $4 million, a tenth of ours, but by combined saving on administration, ticketing, fund-raising and other matters, the number of Pops performances may be able to increase.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2005 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform three neighborhood concerts this summer. Once again, all are free. Continuing a practice that started regularly in 2000, the orchestra will trade its downtown venue for area neighborhoods. This year's concerts will be on Penn's Landing, in Camden's Whitman Park, and at Montgomery County Community College. The program will differ slightly for each concert, but all three will include Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein's "Overture" to Candide, and the "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story.
NEWS
October 4, 2000 | by Tom Di Nardo, Daily News Classical Music Writer
Our Philadelphia Orchestra has garnered many historic firsts, and tomorrow night adds a cosmic one: the first symphony orchestra represented in space. The occasion is the 100th space shuttle launch, a slick tie-in to the upcoming 100th birthday of the Orchestra Nov. 16. Several weeks ago, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration filmed the Orchestra at the Academy of Music playing the opening bars of Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra," indelibly linked with Stanley Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1998 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Karl Nielsen's symphonies blow through concert halls, their sounds a reminder that late romantic music is not neatly categorized. When Daniel Hege led the Haddonfield Symphony in Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 on Saturday, he was on a voyage of discovery. Certainly the piece is not overplayed, and it was probably being heard for the first time at the Voorhees Schools Theater. Nielsen's melodic ideas sound like poetry read in a not-quite-familiar language. Phrases, whole sections, move with fresh motion, modulate, shift and, in this work, burst into gaiety.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 1989 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
The Philadelphia Orchestra's first concert after its gala opening always has the air of a grateful return to its real mission. Orchestra and audience meet with high expectations on both sides and with few distractions to jostle those hopes. That was the basis on which the orchestra began its season last night at the Academy of Music. Riccardo Muti was on the podium, and in this beginning program, defined the orchestra's mission as one of pointing out the unifying threads that connect 19th- and 20th-century music.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2011 | By David Runk, Associated Press
DETROIT - The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its striking musicians said Monday that a tentative agreement reached after a weekend of lengthy negotiating sessions could resolve a six-month walkout. The deal, which was reached after a final 10 hours of talks on Sunday, is subject to a ratification vote expected this week, said musicians' spokesman Greg Bowens. If approved, he said, Detroit Federation of Musicians union members with the nationally acclaimed orchestra could be back at work by next weekend.
NEWS
June 29, 1989 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
The Philadelphia Orchestra has been keeping alive the music of composer Vincent Persichetti with greater care since his death than before. James DePreist, in his first concert of the season, conducted the orchestra in Persichetti's Symphony No. 4 last night at the Mann Music Center. It was a good reminder off the composer's range, for this piece is full of bright good spirits and short bursts of melody. The dark, acerbic sounds of some of his other symphonies appear only occasionally in this piece.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
The Philadelphia Orchestra's growing relationship with the democratic government of Mongolia is set to intensify this month. In a prelude to the Philadelphia Orchestra's tour visit to the capital city of Ulaanbaatar in June 2017 announced earlier this year, the country's president Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj will make a state visit to Philadelphia on Sept. 23. The agenda includes receptions, an afternoon Philadelphia Orchestra concert, and an appearance at University of Pennsylvania's American Center for Mongolian Studies.
NEWS
September 12, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, Music Critic
Musicians and management of the Philadelphia Orchestra have agreed to continue talking for an unspecified period beyond the end of the current labor deal, which had been set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The negotiating committee for players updated the orchestra's rank-and-file membership late Friday on the play-and-talk development, which does not formally extend the contract to a specific date, but keeps musicians working under the current terms. An initial offer of a new five-year contract called for no raises in the first two years, and 1 percent raises in each of the following three years.
NEWS
September 9, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, MUSIC CRITIC
Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra are negotiating to regain their place as among the highest-paid members of U.S. orchestras, while management has offered minimal raises in talks over a new contract. Players called the initial five-year offer, particularly in light of proposed work-rule changes, "regressive" and one that "demands concessions from the musicians," such as working more Sunday concerts. Management characterized its first offer as coming "very early in the process," said Ryan Fleur, executive vice president for orchestra advancement, saying such proposals "tend to overexaggerate.
NEWS
September 5, 2016
Arts smarts. What is the job of arts journalists today - to be mere cheerleaders, or to ask tough questions about what we are hearing on stage, what we are missing, and why? A group of Philadelphia arts leaders and journalists consider the question at the Kimmel Center's free open house at 10 a.m. Sept. 10. Howard Shapiro of WHYY's Newsworks leads a panel that includes Philadelphia chief cultural officer Kelly Lee, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance president Maud Lyon, Karin Copeland of the Arts and Business Council, and other arts administrators.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR DoTHIS
Fresh Cut Orchestra is the finest 10-piece since Kentucky Fried Chicken started stuffing buckets. The band was born at Philadelphia's Painted Bride Arts Center when musical program curator Lenny Seidman put trumpeter Josh Lawrence together with bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall. The adventurous jazzbo trio brought on seven of their most daring friends for an avant-garde escapade of skronk, symmetry, emotional balladry, Ellington-esque elegance, turntable-ism, electronica, and more.
NEWS
August 21, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, Classical Music Critic
S ARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Saratoga Performing Art Center's 50th anniversary has not bought the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer home any immunity from the elements amid the rugged beauty of Upstate New York. On Aug. 13, during torrential rains, some of the braver musicians showed up for the concert - only to find a man making his way around the parking lot under a large umbrella, exhorting everyone to stay in their cars for their own safety. Orchestra veterans knew to take that seriously.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Replacing Andre Watts in a high-profile engagement has long given young pianists a career boost. Watts' Aug. 17 cancellation with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga (N.Y.) Performing Arts Center, however, comes with extra gravity: The long-admired 70-year-old pianist has prostate cancer. "It's Andre's wish that we be straight about that," said his manager Linda Marder, whose talent roster at CM Artists includes numerous pianists who are guests of the Philadelphia Orchestra. "Men of a certain age have this problem.
NEWS
July 4, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, Music Critic
One of the nation's top arts consultants says that the Philadelphia Orchestra has accomplished much since exiting bankruptcy - but warns that it has not secured the support necessary to ensure its future. The orchestra is overly dependent on a small number of donors - 78 percent of its philanthropy comes from just 2 percent of its donors - which, according to the report, makes the group vulnerable to a funding crunch if any one of them pulls out. The orchestra's endowment is small compared with those of several peer groups in other cities.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
The storm clouds that hopscotched around the city all afternoon shed only their grace - no rain - on the Philadelphia Orchestra on Friday night at Penn's Landing. Earlier rumbles quieted, clearing the air for patriotic - or at least American - tunes played for an avid crowd. Just the stage area attracted an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 listeners, according to a spokeswoman for the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., with more eavesdropping on the free, hour-long concert through speakers in other perches near the river.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
PURCHASE, N.Y. - Is some sort of ultra-repetitive Philip Glass piece being rehearsed behind closed doors at the State University of New York at Purchase music building? Or are musicians practicing their scales with a go-for-broke aggression? National Youth Orchestra 2, formed this year under the auspices of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, has teenagers from around the country learning their professional craft with some of the busiest members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. "They're getting a chance to work in ways that they wouldn't in their home town," said Philadelphia Orchestra bassist Joe Conyers, who is particularly keen to work with what's called the URC contingent - students from under-represented communities.
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