February 5, 2016 |
CONDUCTOR Riccardo Muti 's official website says the conductor has undergone hip surgery in Italy following an accident. The website said yesterday that as a result the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra , and former director of the Philadelphia Orchestra , cannot conduct concerts planned this month in Chicago. It said the accident was not serious, but provided no details. The news agency ANSA reported that Muti underwent the surgery in the Italian city of Ravenna after a fall at home.
February 5, 2016 |
Harold S. Rosenbluth, 91, a third-generation leader of the Rosenbluth travel agencies, died of cancer Wednesday, Feb. 3, at home in Haverford. Mr. Rosenbluth "was the one who bridged the second to the third to the fourth generations," his son Lee said. "He was the sole reason that we as a company were in the fourth generation. " Until his death, Mr. Rosenbluth remained chairman of Rosenbluth Vacations, which the family retained after selling Rosenbluth International Inc. to American Express Co. in 2003.
January 27, 2016 |
Mary Augusta Biddle Scheetz, 98, of Gladwyne, a mother, socialite, and civic volunteer, died Friday, Jan. 15, at Dunwoody Village in Newtown Square. Known as "Dusty," Mrs. Scheetz was born in Riverton, Burlington County, the daughter of Henry Canby Biddle and Margaret Seton Fleming Biddle. She was a descendant of the Owen Biddle branch of a family long prominent in Philadelphia civic affairs. In 1935, she graduated from the Agnes Irwin School, where her mother had taught. A debutante and Pond's Cold Cream model, Mrs. Scheetz was featured in an advertisement in 1937 as "Miss Mary Augusta Biddle.
January 25, 2016 |
Jaimi Blackburn was more excited than Cinderella. The hotel public relations executive had been to all the big events in the city, but not this one, not the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball. "I got the shoes, a dress, manicure, pedicure, my husband got a tux, we booked a hotel in the city," said Blackburn, 47, of Villanova. "I gave up junk food for a week to make sure the dress would fit. " Then, she saw the message on Facebook. The Academy Ball, the swankiest white-tie concert and party in the city, had been canceled for the first time in the event's 59-year history.
January 24, 2016
Yannick Nézet-Séguin's fifth season as Philadelphia Orchestra music director might not immediately look that different from the previous four. In some ways, that's intentional. Nézet-Séguin has often talked about the advantage in creating a familylike circle of performers - such as Karen Cargill, who was memorably featured in this season's Messiah and who will be back in May 2017 for the Mahler Symphony No. 3 . Certain composers don't stay away long: Now that Nézet-Séguin has conducted all of Rachmaninoff's symphonies, guest conductor Stéphane Denève will cover the composer's piano/orchestral works over three separate concerts April 27-29, 2017.
January 21, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra announced its 2016-17 subscription season Tuesday at the Kimmel Center. Usual classical music suspects like Brahms, Mahler, and Rachmaninoff will be joined by 21st-century electronics by Mason Bates, a new organ concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Christopher Rouse, and a screening of the movie E.T. with a live performance of the John Williams score. Among performers in the orchestra's 117th season, past visitors such as Simon Rattle and conductor laureate Charles Dutoit will return, and celebrated 22-year-old Canadian cellist Stephen Tetreault will make his debut.
January 18, 2016
Early one morning, David Bowie opened the gate and went out into the big world of orchestral music, and, in a single half-hour recording, bagged a triumph. Bowie's narration of Peter and the Wolf with the Philadelphia Orchestra released in 1978 hardly represents the first or last handshake over this piece between classical long-hairs and pop stars. In hopes of finding a larger following, classical music often has looked to Prokofiev's 1936 work, inviting pop culture, show business, and political names of the day to do the narration.
January 17, 2016
At 1 p.m. Sunday on WRTI-FM (90.1), guest conductor Robin Ticciati conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in works by Robert Schumann and Wolfgang Mozart. Special broadcast: 1:30 p.m. Monday on WRTI: The orchestra's annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert at Girard College Chapel.
January 11, 2016 |
For Philadelphia Orchestra principal trumpeter David Bilger, the chance to help arrived as a friend request. AhmadBaset Azizi approached Bilger on Facebook about a year and a half ago with an intriguing overture: Could he study with Bilger - via video, online, from Afghanistan? Bilger agreed. It turns out that the 17-year-old Kabul musician has been making contacts all over the world, and now his drive and winsome way are paying off. Azizi will spend his last year of high school in northwest Michigan, at the well-regarded Interlochen Arts Academy, starting this fall - if money can be found.