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LIVING
June 15, 2001 | By Diane Goldsmith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Ann and Bill Hozack bought it in 1996, Homewoods, their storied Chestnut Hill estate, was in a state of neglect, the gardens terribly overgrown. That they saw beyond the vines is evident in the refurbished grand Norman-style home whose serene backyard is now a frequent site for garden-party benefits. Two have been held there this spring, and tomorrow the Hozacks will host well over 150 guests for the Philadelphia Orchestra's tony "Toys for Big Boys" event. "It's a fabulous house.
NEWS
May 23, 2006 | By TOM DI NARDO For the Daily News
JOSEPH C. LANZA, a Philadelphia Orchestra violinist since 1958, died of pneumonia early Saturday morning. He was 73. "His life was the orchestra," Roslyn, his wife of 53 years said. "He was totally committed and dedicated to music. " On Saturday evening, before the orchestra's final concert of the season, Bach's "Air on a G String" was performed in his honor, and his chair was left empty. Lanza held the title of assistant principal second violinist, and could prominently be seen playing with youthful excitement.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 1986 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the months to come, the Delaware Valley's museums, cultural institutions and performing arts groups will be keying many of their activities to the 200th anniversary of the convention that met in this city in the hot summer of 1787 and produced what George Washington later called "that precious depository of American happiness, the Constitution of the United States. " Starting this month and continuing through 1987, there'll be exhibits and historical presentations, plays and parades, conferences and symposiums, lectures and ceremonies, culminating - but not ending - Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
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Fabio Luisi and Christian Tetzlaff perform Tchaikovsky on Thursday through Saturday at the Kimmel Center. Information: 215-893-1999 or www.philorch.org .
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 1993 | By Lesley Valdes, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Yefim Bronfman was the soloist in Prokofiev's brashly entertaining Third Piano Concerto, whose energies enlivened the Philadelphia Orchestra program, under Charles Dutoit, last night at the Academy of Music. Bronfman, 34, and a frequent visitor to this orchestra, possesses that brilliance of tone and overall alacrity to make the most of its glittering timbres and escalations, while his command of the work's sonorities is impressively virile. There was much to admire in the keyboard's climbing, spiraling passagework - its perpetual fevers that can exhaust a player's busy wrist.
NEWS
September 22, 1990 | By Lesley Valdes, Inquirer Music Critic
The gala is over, the contract strike was averted, the new music director Wolfgang Sawallisch approved and introduced before the hardly old maestro, Riccardo Muti, returned to start his penultimate season. For the Philadelphia Orchestra, it has been an exhausting week. Understandable, then, that there was a certain back-to-work quality at the Academy of Music last night when the orchestra opened its subscription series. Actually it felt like a tough-love session with Father Muti whisking rather tightly the belt in Prokofiev's Classical Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Fourth, stopping to hug his charges only in a magnetically sensitive reading of the Barber Violin Concerto.
NEWS
December 20, 1986 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
Folk art frequently produces the image of youth climbing stairs toward maturity, crossing a landing and hobbling down steps toward the grave. That image was much in mind yesterday as Gilbert Levine, in his local debut, led the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music. The spirit of the musicmaking reached the landing early and hurried listeners toward a feeling of overwhelming decrepitude. For the first half-hour, the climb was invigorating. Levine led the local premiere of Jacob Druckman's Aureoles, a work which has become a classic while Philadelphia wasn't looking.
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NEWS
July 16, 2016 | Lauren Feiner, STAFF WRITER
Marsha Bolnick Bacal, 87, a city advocate and former Inquirer employee, died of cancer on July 3 at the Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Ms. Bacal worked in the Inquirer's promotions department in the 1950s. In 1957, the paper announced her special commendation by the Philadelphia Women in Advertising Exhibition for her booklet on a patrolman hit by a bullet. Later in life, she took on advocacy roles in the city, showing an ongoing passion for Philadelphia and its people. Her family said she pushed for racial integration and drug education in schools in the 1960s and 70s. More recently, she helped found and run the Society Hill Towers Political Action Committee in 2001 to ensure representation for the development she called home for 36 years.
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
A story Thursday on an ad campaign for the Philadelphia Orchestra wrongly gave the name of the orchestra's executive vice president of institutional advancement, Matthew Loden.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
NEW YORK - As you descend the Penn Station escalator to Track 3 for New Jersey Transit, your eyes are ambushed by an ad with a blazing headline: "The man. The myth. The Yannick. " And there he is, Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in a raspberry pink vest, baton in hand, and head somewhere in heaven. Well, that was fast. Nézet-Séguin was appointed to the Metropolitan Opera only on June 2. But what might seem like a miraculously timed advertising strategy was a happy accident.
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.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Vibha Kannan, Staff Writer
Felice Goodwin Wiener, 71, of Wynnewood, founder of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association and a former Lower Merion Township commissioner, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Sunday, June 26, at Pennsylvania Hospital. Mrs. Wiener founded the Philadelphia chapter in 1977, soon after her mother died from ALS. She was the organization's first president and remained on its board until her death. Mrs. Wiener was diagnosed with ALS in December 2015. "A lot of people talk about making a change, but she was one of those who really went out and took action," daughter Debbie Eggleston said.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
When a secret society comes with its own strange customs, highly developed jargon, and a belief that certain talented youth are destined for greatness, you can only be talking about the world of Harry Potter. Or classical music. Thursday night at the Mann Center, it turns out, these two insider cultures had quite a bit to say to each other. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was given a world premiere of sorts. The John Williams score was stripped from the sound track and instead played live by the Philadelphia Orchestra while the 2001 film was shown on large screens.
NEWS
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
June 3, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
How can Yannick hold both jobs at once? What makes him a good fit for the job? Will he stay committed to Philadelphia? Consolidating his young but flowering career, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will assume the podium of the Metropolitan Opera in New York while remaining music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Nézet-Séguin, 41, will phase in his Met duties gradually, becoming music director-designate in the 2017-18 season with two productions, and music director in 2020-21 leading five, the opera company announced Thursday.
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