October 19, 2015 |
If you divined during the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2011 bankruptcy that the orchestra might emerge unable to raise the money required to fund its traditional size and stature, the new musicians' contract gives form to your fears. In the deal musicians approved Oct. 12, players did not reach the base pay of $131,000 that they had been scheduled to receive several years ago but that was canceled as part of a bankruptcy-era contract. Rather, the new base pay comes to $127,750, or about 3 percent higher than it was. And management agreed only to restore the ensemble's membership a hair, to 96 members from 95, which would leave nine vacancies and, by necessity, the continued use of many substitute players.
June 24, 2015 |
With the recent release of Déjà Vu , his first solo album in 30 years, producer/composer Giorgio Moroder shows that at 75, he's making music as vitally on-point as ever. And this time around, it has a local beat. Rather than rely on the stammering arpeggios and swirling synthetic string sounds of disco - like the 1970s dance-floor hits Moroder and lyricist Pete Bellotte crafted for the late, great Donna Summer - Déjà Vu does the next best thing. It deals in the currency of EDM - disco's slickly dressed grandson - with a theatrical flourish, pumping four-on-the-floor rhythms and vocal contributions from a murderers' row of femme hit-makers Charlie XCX, Kelis, Kylie Minogue, Sia, and Britney Spears.
January 22, 2014 |
WELL, A PAPER BAG full of dollar bills was better than nothing. That was the payment the female Philly singing group The Sweet Delights got for a gig in New Jersey. Even though the group packed the club, the manager said he couldn't pay the women because he didn't make much money. However, he must have thought better of his decision, because he later produced the bag of bills. Gerylane Edgehill, who organized and sang with what by then was a three-woman soul and R&B group from North Philly, told that story to writer Charlie Horner for an article in Echoes of the Past.
January 16, 2014 |
MAUREEN GRAY was about 12 when she wandered into a record store at 60th and Market streets to listen to the music she had heard played on the air by such disc jockeys as Jocko Henderson and Georgie Woods. It was the famous Philadelphia Sound, launched on many a street corner in the '50s and '60s by kids harmonizing on doo-wop songs. Maureen liked to sing along with the records played in the store. But it was no ordinary store. A co-owner was John Madara, a songwriter and promoter.
January 11, 2014 |
Philadelphia Orchestra presents the interactive music program "Sound All Around," for ages 3 to 5, at the Academy of Music on Saturday and Monday. The interactive program introduces audience members to the viola. Assistant principal viola Kerri Ryan and master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston will guide kids on a learning musical journey. Kids can hear stories along with music and sing while pretending to play the string instrument. They can get a close look at the viola, nurturing their fascination and curiosity.
October 16, 2013 |
Phila. Orchestra's big night The Philadephia Orchestra has details of its concert and ball at the Academy of Music on Jan. 25. The special guest artist is a real surprise! "Who? Who?" you're asking. You'll never guess. "Who? Who?" you're still asking. It's Jill Scott ! Philly's Grammy-winning singer, songsmith, poet, actress, and Philadelphia High School for Girls alumna! Jill's following in some amazing footsteps: Audra McDonald , Jessye Norman , Kiri Te Kanawa , Itzhak Perlman , and Yo-Yo Ma . Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin said Jill "is at the absolute top. . . . What a thrill to combine her magnificent voice with our orchestra's Philadelphia Sound.
September 13, 2013 |
BOBBY MARTIN was known as the "Grandaddy of R&B and soul," which meant he was the grandaddy of the Philadelphia Sound. Bobby worked with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, founders of Philadelphia International Records, to arrange and produce some of the greatest hits of the 1960s and '70s, as well as with some of the legendary musicians of that era. Robert L. "Bobby" Martin died last Friday. He was 82 and had been living in Hollywood, Calif., since 1980. "He was the greatest arranger," Gamble and Huff said in a statement.
July 26, 2013 |
SO YOU think you can sing - or dance, or perform spoken word? Are you bold enough to try out for the Apollo Theater's Amateur Night in New York? The producer of that world-famous talent show will be in Philadelphia tomorrow holding auditions at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, starting at 10 a.m. "We're not just relying on discovering that new superstar. We also want to maintain a great entertainment show," said Marion J. Caffey, the Apollo's Amateur Night producer.
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.
June 25, 2013
By Allison Vulgamore The Philadelphia Orchestra recently returned from our China residency and 40th anniversary tour. (For sure, it is a relief to see cheesesteaks on the menu!) While we are exhausted, we are also exhilarated. We returned home a changed orchestra - not in sound, but in spirit. We have been deeply touched by the generosity of the Chinese people and moved by the power of our strengthened bond. The Philadelphia Orchestra's first visit to China, 40 years ago, was historic.