March 13, 2015 |
How can something so easygoing excite such polarized reactions? Rossini's La Donna del Lago , the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday simulcast in six area theaters, has stars (Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez), attractive melodies, a plot line borrowed from Walter Scott ( The Lady of the Lake ) plus a theatrical and musical sheen at every turn. In fact, the 12:55 p.m. simulcast is a landmark of sorts for hardcore Rossinians, the apotheosis of a hugely influential 1819 opera that fell into deep obscurity from about 1860 until 1958.
June 4, 2014 |
TOKYO - The adventures in China were all certainly exciting for the Philadelphia Orchestra, but Tokyo's acoustically superb Suntory Hall is an old friend, where many of its best recordings with Wolfgang Sawallisch were made, and during this current tour, it comes near the end, when most residency activities are over. The orchestra arrived Sunday for "the icing on the cake," as music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin describes it. Familiar haunts for the musicians here include the Tokyo Tower Records, a bastion of compact-disc culture, loaded with Philadelphia Orchestra reissues not found anywhere else in an entire floor devoted to classical music.
February 5, 2014 |
Scott Thomas: I'm done World cinema is about to lose one of its brightest lights. Kristin Scott Thomas , who is equally at home in English-language pics ( Nowhere Boy ) or French-language ones ( I've Loved You So Long ), has decided to stop making 'em altogether, she tells London's the Guardian in a lengthy interview. Thomas, who has made 65 films, said she's overworked. In September she had a realization. "I just suddenly thought, I cannot cope with another film," says Scott Thomas, "and I just suddenly thought, I can't do it anymore.
May 18, 2013 |
Any other conductor would test an audience's loyalty with a Philadelphia Orchestra program featuring particularly bizarre modern music. But Simon Rattle knows his people. And though he programmed György Ligeti (as might Christoph Eschenbach), and, at one point, swiveled around and yelled toward the audience (as did Riccardo Muti), there was no loss of good will and, in fact, a standing ovation on Thursday for Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre . A significant ingredient was Barbara Hannigan, the Canadian new-music diva whose charisma, voice and unreserved sense of showmanship were put to great use in a scene from the Ligeti opera Le Grand Macabre , in which she plays a police chief hysterically, nonsensically warning that the end of the world is near.
July 29, 2012
Richard B. Worley is chairman of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association The Philadelphia Orchestra is entering a new era, one of great promise and opportunity. With the conclusion of our bankruptcy, we eagerly anticipate the launch of Yannick Nézet-Séguin's inaugural season as music director. Those who attended concerts this year saw a glimpse of what is to come. It will be magical. We could not have made it this far without the cooperation and support of our musicians and staff, our partners at the Kimmel Center, and the many who made gifts, which ranged from just a few dollars to the extraordinary gifts of a small number of philanthropic heroes.
July 23, 2012 |
CHANNEL 6's Rob Jennings (left) turns a newsy 64 on Wednesday. The stars say the year ahead for the 35-year WPVI-TV veteran will be a good one, filled with action. In other words, Jennings will continue on his A game. Honestly, we expect nothing less. Abington-born stand-up comic and star of the Broadway adaptation of "The Wedding Singer" Stephen Lynch will be 41 Saturday. Former Philadelphia Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti, KYW Newsradio anchor Ed Abrams and former Channel 6 reporter Susanne LaFrankie also turn the page on a new year Saturday.
March 17, 2011 |
FORMER Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Riccardo Muti yesterday was awarded the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize for his "extraordinary" contributions and influence in the world of music. Muti, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra , has also been conductor of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino , the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and Teatro alla Scala . "Maestro Muti is being recognized for his extraordinary contributions in opera and concert, as well as his enormou s influence in the music world both on and off the stage," the jury said in the citation.
June 22, 2010
Naming wunderkind conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin as the Philadelphia Orchestra's eighth music director promises to bring sizzle to the home of the "Philadelphia sound" not seen in decades. The arrival of the 35-year-old Canadian - who during his first visit to the city Friday delighted orchestra patrons, tourists, and baseball fans alike - recalls that of another young maestro, Riccardo Muti. The fact that a then-under-40 Muti took over the conductor's podium a full 30 years ago is a good indication of just how welcome Nézet-Séguin's youthful energy will be - especially when coupled with his veteran conductor's resume.
November 23, 2009 |
It was both necessary and useless for Riccardo Muti to deflect adoration for him onto the musicians of the New York Philharmonic Friday at the Kimmel Center. He gave individual bows to players, and his stage decorum of modesty was exactly right. But the lusty cheers that started even before he reached downbeat proved what we all knew. It's all about Muti. The roster of the Philadelphia Orchestra has kept its clock going since Muti's huffy departure as music director in 1992 after a dozen years.
September 11, 2009
rg.) . - P.D. Imani Winds. These virtuosic and stylish musicians come here so often they really should just settle down and become this city's woodwind quintet in residence. But for now we'll settle for a single concert, Nov. 6, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (215-569-8080 or www.pcmsconcerts.org .) Piffaro and Choral Arts Society . The ensembles will collaborate Nov. 13-15 on Portuguese Advent Vespers - a journey back to 16th-century Lisbon. In this great period of music, even lesser-known composers such as Rebelo, Pinheiro, and Estevao de Brito represent the apex of Renaissance polyphony and its inextricable fusion of spirituality and sensuality.