July 15, 1988 |
"There's Norman Carol - he's got what I've got in my shoulder: tendinitis," the woman remarked. "Isn't it good to see him! He hasn't been here for a while. "Muti will be out soon. Oh - a white suit this time. Look at that fit!" Welcome to the bleachers at the Mann Music Center, which are designed to separate the masses from the paying elite. The woman who was introducing her brother to the Philadelphia Orchestra's concertmaster certainly wasn't a plebe. She spoke quietly before the music began, talking proudly of concertmaster Carol as though he were a friend.
May 2, 1992 |
The Long Goodbye for Riccardo Muti, which began with his gala and nationally televised concert April 22, continues this weekend as the Philadelphia Orchestra performs its last set of subscription concerts with its music director. Characteristic of the maestro who abhors equating the arts with entertainment, his final program, heard last night at the Academy of Music, is a lovely and serious one. It represents well the values he has insisted on and inspired during his tenure. Who else would choose Rossini's sorrowful Stabat Mater and Cherubini's sole and unfamiliar Symphony in D Major as farewell music?
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.
November 11, 1989 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra's programs sometimes sound like the breathless messages from an old friend with so much to tell and so little time to say it. There is scant time and place to present everything worthy of performing - the new, the old, the neglected, the music hidden behind some nationalistic curtain. Riccardo Muti led one of those breathless programs yesterday at the Academy of Music. There was a premiere; there was a Tchaikovsky piece that had dropped from sight and was being rediscovered; there was a 20th-century masterpiece more discussed than played, and there was a new young piano soloist looking to find her place in this musical tumult.
April 23, 1992 |
Philadelphia gave a rousing, festive and occasionally sentimental sendoff to Riccardo Muti last night, at once celebrating his 20-year association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and regretting his departure as its music director. Muti, however, may have felt like a man required to bake his own birthday cake. The maestro conducted his own farewell concert, held in the Academy of Music before a capacity audience that showered the conductor with ovation after ovation. The celebration began at 6 in the 12th-floor conservatory of the Hotel Atop the Bellevue, as 400 orchestra patrons (those who have made $500 in contributions to an education fund in Muti's name)
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.
March 28, 1987 |
When the Philadelphia Orchestra arrived here Thursday afternoon on its first Pennsylvania tour in five years, it was informed of one fact right away: Even for just an evening, Riccardo Muti wasn't the most famous Italian name in town. Muti had been warned, however. He has yet to make his debut appearance at an American football game, but he did arrive well-briefed about Penn State, football and coach Joe Paterno. Although the maestro confined himself to an intellectual understanding of the situation, some of his players got an on-site view of the school's best- known public activity.
March 1, 1992 |
Students waiting in the cold for rush seats to I Pagliacci last month cheered when Riccardo Muti passed the Academy of Music. Their response was Muti's clearest signal during his recent period with the Philadelphia Orchestra that his tenure had caught public imagination and excitement. As he waved and laughed, he commented that these were the people he had tried to reach as part of his vision of what the music director should be. He said it a little wistfully. In the waning months of his final season as music director - he will relinquish the title in May - he has spoken frankly about his disappointment that the City - with a capital C - is not behind the orchestra, and that the orchestra itself is in danger of slipping into eclipse as technological advances pass it by. Disappointment, he stressed, is possible only if you love something.
August 31, 1987 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra last night played its debut at the Salzburg Festival, the most prestigious of Europe's music celebrations. It was a debut that touched off an unusual ovation after the first half, and at the end, a standing, cheering audience called conductor Riccardo Muti back for nine curtain calls. Schubert and Beethoven are the staples of this dressy showplace, where the Philadelphians are giving the closing performances, yesterday and today. But Muti had programmed against the grain.