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May 7, 1996 | By Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In response to a barrage of inquiries, Philadelphia Orchestra leaders attempted yesterday to explain to the board, staff and musicians why they had hired a new chief financial officer who had left his last job after being accused of sexual harassment. In meetings with musicians and staffers, orchestra president Joseph H. Kluger defended the hiring of Michael G. McDonough, who, according to sources at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, left his position there after six women made allegations of sexual harassment.
NEWS
April 17, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
The Fabulous Philadelphians, the "solid gold Cadillac of orchestras," the internationally revered ensemble built by Stokowski and Ormandy, says it is headed for bankruptcy. The board of the 111-year-old Philadelphia Orchestra voted Saturday in favor of a Chapter 11 reorganization. The claim was expected to be filed this weekend in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the orchestra was expected to list assets at several times liabilities - an equation unusual for businesses seeking bankruptcy protection, according to several experts.
NEWS
September 8, 2009 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The Philadelphia Orchestra's tour of Asia next spring will deepen its China ties with a stop at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the orchestra is set to announce today. Orchestra leaders are in Shanghai, where they expect to participate in a signing ceremony today with officials from the World Expo, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Consulate. The orchestra, which is the first international performing group to be signed, will give its concert in the new Shanghai Expo Performance Center during opening week.
NEWS
April 16, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The board of the 111-year-old Philadelphia Orchestra Saturday voted in favor of Chapter 11, sources say. Papers will be filed within hours or days in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, asking for reorganization, according to orchestra leaders. The move makes the Philadelphia Orchestra the first major U.S. ensemble known to file for bankruptcy, according to orchestra industry groups and veteran observers. The orchestra's concerts and business operations continue unfettered.
NEWS
September 28, 1997
The newest score written for the Philadelphia Orchestra doesn't contain any notes, but it challenges the struggling orchestra to make great music once again. It's a five-year plan that faces up to the orchestra's problems with refreshing candor - a hall short of subscription-ticket holders, less radio exposure (in part, due to WFLN's sad demise), and the still-tender wounds from the musicians' strike. Yet the plan unveiled Thursday at the Academy of Music sets out ambitious goals that, if met, will help secure the orchestra's future.
NEWS
October 21, 2004 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Mayor Street yesterday threw his weight into the thorny arena of Philadelphia Orchestra contract negotiations, persuading orchestra leaders in a meeting at City Hall to continue playing concerts through Oct. 31 as talks continue. A 30-day extension of the musicians' contract expired just after midnight last night. The new deadline is 12:01 a.m. Nov. 1. This week's performances will go on as scheduled. City Commerce Director Stephanie W. Naidoff, who is assisting Street, will meet with both sides this morning to begin gathering information for the mayor.
LIVING
May 9, 1996 | By Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In an effort to bring its finances under control, the Philadelphia Orchestra will not fill the post of composer in residence and will reduce the amount of money it spends next season on guest conductors and soloists by 5 percent. Orchestra leaders hope that the moves, along with others announced yesterday, will keep the group's deficit this fiscal year to $600,000 to $700,000, and produce a balanced budget for the 1996-97 season. If the plan works, the orchestra, with an annual budget of $27 million, will end this season with an accumulated debt in excess of $2 million, which it would hope to reduce over the following three or four years.
NEWS
June 25, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
In a snapshot of its finances, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association claimed $16 million in assets and $700,000 in liabilities in a recent filing attached to its Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. But, pending the outcome of labor negotiations and related legal maneuvers, a very different view of the orchestra's fortunes may emerge in coming weeks. That's because not included in those totals, and unspecified in the filings, are amounts due, or possibly due, to the staff and musicians' pension funds.
NEWS
June 23, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
In a snapshot of finances, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association is claiming $16 million in assets and $700,000 in liabilities in a recent filing attached to its chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. But, pending the outcome of labor negotiations and related legal maneuvers, a very different view of the orchestra's fortunes may emerge in coming weeks. That's because not included in those totals, and unspecified in the filings, are amounts due, or possibly due, to the staff and musicians' pension funds.
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
Since the Philadelphia Orchestra exited bankruptcy more than two years ago, several key financial indicators have brightened. Obligations associated with the orchestra's Chapter 11 settlement have been paid off, income from concerts is growing nicely, and annual fund-raising is improving more than nicely. "It was really a remarkable year," board chairman Richard B. Worley said at Monday's annual meeting of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association at the Kimmel Center. As part of its recovery plan, the orchestra established a "bridge/recovery/transformation" fund, and fans have come to the rescue.
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June 18, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
There was, at dusk Wednesday, a persistently utopian dreamlike aura that could be felt settling over Pastorius Park. A leisurely crowd of several hundred gathered on the sloping lawn that led down to a still, diminutive moat and a group of string players playing Mozart just beyond. The park's amphitheater is without a doubt one of the great tucked-away charms of tucked-away Chestnut Hill. This is the 68th year of summer concerts in the suburban - if sylvan - enclave, and Wednesday came with some history.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When David Socolofsky was a teenager, and his mother, Byrnina, was in her early 40s, they went to the First Presbyterian Church in Pitman for a special occasion. "It was a Christmas Eve concert," David Socolofsky said, "and we played 'Gesu Bambino' ," a 1917 Italian carol based on "O Come, All Ye Faithful. " She played the viola. He played the cello. "And when we walked out," he said, "it was snowing. " He would go on to be assistant principal cellist for the Oregon Symphony in Portland.
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
Since the Philadelphia Orchestra exited bankruptcy more than two years ago, several key financial indicators have brightened. Obligations associated with the orchestra's Chapter 11 settlement have been paid off, income from concerts is growing nicely, and annual fund-raising is improving more than nicely. "It was really a remarkable year," board chairman Richard B. Worley said at Monday's annual meeting of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association at the Kimmel Center. As part of its recovery plan, the orchestra established a "bridge/recovery/transformation" fund, and fans have come to the rescue.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
To a greater degree than before, the Annenberg Foundation is requiring accountability from the Philadelphia Orchestra in exchange for the $50 million gift the foundation made in 2003. That grant was the largest in the orchestra's history. But even after it was paid out, its use and destiny were never entirely left to the orchestra. The foundation reserved the right to recall the gift and any accumulated investment income if the orchestra ever filed for bankruptcy. Although the philanthropy, now based in Los Angeles, did not exercise that right when the orchestra filed for Chapter 11 in April 2011, a new and more controlling donor agreement has been crafted as part of the reorganization plan filed last week by the orchestra in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
NEWS
August 17, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
In a stunning rebuke to the official leadership of the Philadelphia Orchestra, musicians have rejected a strategic plan prepared by president Allison B. Vulgamore and management leaders. Players "formally reject its recommendations," states a letter to Vulgamore and Philadelphia Orchestra Association board chairman Richard B. Worley. "The document and its suggestions have serious flaws, and we do not believe it will do what a strategic plan is supposed to do: create a plan for the future that protects the music we create and builds on our legacy as one of the world's greatest orchestras.
NEWS
June 25, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
In a snapshot of its finances, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association claimed $16 million in assets and $700,000 in liabilities in a recent filing attached to its Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. But, pending the outcome of labor negotiations and related legal maneuvers, a very different view of the orchestra's fortunes may emerge in coming weeks. That's because not included in those totals, and unspecified in the filings, are amounts due, or possibly due, to the staff and musicians' pension funds.
NEWS
June 23, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
In a snapshot of finances, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association is claiming $16 million in assets and $700,000 in liabilities in a recent filing attached to its chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. But, pending the outcome of labor negotiations and related legal maneuvers, a very different view of the orchestra's fortunes may emerge in coming weeks. That's because not included in those totals, and unspecified in the filings, are amounts due, or possibly due, to the staff and musicians' pension funds.
NEWS
April 17, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
The stated motivation for the Philadelphia Orchestra's vote for bankruptcy is that leaders believe reorganization gives them a chance to shed a monetary obligation to the pension fund and other contractual arrangements they cannot afford. That doesn't mean short-term finances are not equally challenging. The orchestra had raised more than $15 million meant to cover deficits for this season and last, but even so it is forecasting a sizable shortfall: a $5 million deficit on a $46 million budget.
NEWS
April 17, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
The Fabulous Philadelphians, the "solid gold Cadillac of orchestras," the internationally revered ensemble built by Stokowski and Ormandy, says it is headed for bankruptcy. The board of the 111-year-old Philadelphia Orchestra voted Saturday in favor of a Chapter 11 reorganization. The claim was expected to be filed this weekend in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the orchestra was expected to list assets at several times liabilities - an equation unusual for businesses seeking bankruptcy protection, according to several experts.
NEWS
April 16, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The board of the 111-year-old Philadelphia Orchestra Saturday voted in favor of Chapter 11, sources say. Papers will be filed within hours or days in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, asking for reorganization, according to orchestra leaders. The move makes the Philadelphia Orchestra the first major U.S. ensemble known to file for bankruptcy, according to orchestra industry groups and veteran observers. The orchestra's concerts and business operations continue unfettered.
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