July 26, 2013 |
You can rebel against Disney's Fantasia all you want with thoughts like "Oh, that old thing. . . . It's so naive. . . . Please, not those hippos in tutus again . . . . " But when it was there on the big screen Tuesday at the Mann Center in Disney's Fantasia: Live in Concert With the Philadelphia Orchestra , the total package had a way of completely circumventing one's adult defenses. It remains captivating. Of course, the Philadelphia Orchestra enjoys a special ownership: Even though the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played on the soundtrack for the sequel, Fantasia 2000 , Philadelphia had the 1940 original, with Leopold Stokowski towering over Mickey Mouse in their famous handshake.
July 21, 2013 |
'We love coming out here," conductor Cristian Macelaru told the Longwood Gardens audience on Thursday night, "though today, the reception was slightly warmer than we anticipated. " Such levity was welcome in the sweltering heat of the Philadelphia Orchestra's outdoor concert here of Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. Behind it, though, were questions of how the show should go on. On Tuesday, the New York Philharmonic performed only half of its outdoor concert at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx due to the heat, prompting audience boos and chants of "We want Dvorak," referring to the canceled part of the program.
July 20, 2013 |
PRINCETON - Were the Philadelphia Orchestra paid by the note, its first Princeton concert since 1964 would have rendered a nice financial windfall. Under guest conductor Mark Laycock, the Wednesday concert at Richardson Auditorium went well over the two hours and was dense with Schumann, Brahms, Prokofiev, and others. Even when played at some exhilaratingly brisk tempos, the music kept everyone on edge in the best possible way in what was an extremely generous and highly successful concert - in live, immediate acoustics that were flattering to the Philadelphia Sound.
July 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - On Saturday night, an elite orchestra made up of some of the best young musicians in the country, led by conductor Valery Gergiev, will take the stage at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington. It's not the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Nor is it the orchestra that was just honed at the National Orchestral Institute, held annually at the University of Maryland. It isn't the New World Symphony. No, this one-of-a-kind youth orchestra is called the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America; it was founded by Carnegie Hall, and it's in its maiden season.
July 5, 2013 |
HUGH F. WALSH Jr. was a man famous for his patience and composure - even when the roof fell in. Well, the roof of the Academy of Music, of which he was the manager for more than three decades, didn't exactly fall in. But it threatened to. It was March 31, 1989, when engineers discovered a break in a timber in the center truss spanning the auditorium. A Philadelphia Orchestra concert had to be halted at intermission, and, for the next 16 days while repairs were made, events that had been scheduled had to be moved to other venues.
June 28, 2013 |
To listen to a recording of the magical Philadelphia Ukulele Orchestra is one thing. Its eponymously titled CD is a delightful Tin Pan Alley soundtrack to a make-believe movie filled with billing, cooing, and courting. To listen in a live setting is another thing altogether. The orchestra is an awesome force to behold: 12 men and women, without camp or irony, wearing smoking jackets and fezzes while strumming and plucking their delicate instruments and crooning the most playful of early pop songs.
June 26, 2013 |
Pleas from students and teachers to restore funding for music in Philadelphia public schools almost eclipsed what might have been the All-City High School Orchestra's last performance Monday. As musicians sat behind hand-drawn posters with such phrases as "Music is instrumental to education," the ensemble's concert at School District headquarters, 440 N. Broad St., was not art simply for art's sake. This was a performance with a purpose. Facing a $304 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning Monday, the district cut athletics and significantly slashed art and music programs.
June 10, 2013 |
In 1973, when the Philadelphia Orchestra made history in China, Inquirer music critic Daniel Webster was there. Now David Patrick Stearns reports on the 2013 visit, building on this long relationship. MACAU - Where else does your hotel serve cupcakes and ice cream for breakfast? And offer wake-up calls from Shrek? In Cantonese? This pleasure capital of Asia - one that is said to outstrip Las Vegas for superficial splendor - is only the latest unlikely host of the Philadelphia Orchestra on its 40th anniversary tour of China, but in two concerts that were sold out before Friday's video of the musicians playing Dvorak on their rain-delayed flight went viral (with 102,000 You Tube hits in 24 hours)
June 9, 2013 |
BEIJING - The Philadelphia Orchestra was divided but not conquered. The orchestra's 40th anniversary tour of China was moving on to Macau on Friday - its last and glitziest tour stop - when a handful of musicians and orchestra executives on the early-bird flight from Beijing were stuck on the tarmac due to heavy rain. The takeoff was delayed six hours. Nonetheless -. "Our musicians would like to offer you a musical surprise," announced orchestra president Allison Vulgamore to the marooned, disgruntled passengers.
June 7, 2013 |
In 1973, when the Philadelphia Orchestra made history in China, Inquirer music critic Daniel Webster was there. Now David Patrick Stearns reports on the 2013 visit, building on this long relationship. BEIJING - The two concertmasters bowed together Thursday, the Philadelphia Orchestra's David Kim ceding the first-desk seat to the China National Symphony's Yunzhi Liu. Though the collaboration at the National Center for the Performing Arts (known as the Egg, a reference to its glass and titanium dome)