June 8, 2014 |
IN THIS CITY OF orchestras, Philadelphia Sinfonia has earned a reputation for musical excellence and for shaping young lives. Its performance tomorrow of Beethoven's mighty Ninth Symphony, with the Mendelssohn Club chorus and soloists from the Academy of Vocal Arts, marks its season finale in Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Founded 17 years ago, the youth orchestra has been led for 15 years by Gary White. A guest conductor of many regional orchestras and past chair of music at Germantown Friends School, White also was a working French horn player familiar with what orchestral musicians require from a conductor.
April 10, 2012 |
William de Pasquale, 78, whose regal visage held a magnetic, four-decade presence at the front of the Philadelphia Orchestra's first violin section and who was a member of a remarkable family of string players, died Sunday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications relating to prostate cancer. Though Mr. de Pasquale slipped into various titles with the orchestra - associate concertmaster, acting concertmaster, second concertmaster, and co-concertmaster - the job for him always amounted to being Mr. Dependable.
March 24, 2012 |
Irving Ludwig, 83, of Ardmore, longtime violinist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, died Tuesday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after a 19-year battle with lymphoma. "Music and family was the center of his life. They were inextricably intertwined," said his son Mark Ludwig, now a violist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. To that end, Mark and his violinist brother Michael (now concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic)
March 12, 2012 |
Now in its third season, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra is finding itself a niche doing typically classical things with less-than-typical participants. Oriented toward African American musicians, founder/music director Jeri Lynne Johnson is creating audiences that seem new to Haydn and Mozart - and doing so with concerts that are first-class on every level. Though some listeners Saturday at the packed Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral could be heard quietly humming along with Mozart's beloved Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra, others applauded between movements - showing not just appreciation, but that lots of listeners were new to classical concerts.
April 20, 2010 |
At the Mann Center this summer, the Philadelphia Orchestra will host Aretha Franklin, jazz/pop trumpeter Chris Botti and pianist Andr? Watts. Regis and Joy Philbin will narrate Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. And Condoleezza Rice - yes, the 66th U.S. secretary of state but also a pianist of a certain level of accomplishment - joins the orchestra for the middle movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor. This season the Mann Center is taking a moment to celebrate 75. But 75 what?
April 12, 2004 |
Seventeen concerts will fill the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer slate after returning from a European tour, the first led by music director Christoph Eschenbach. Before heading to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts for a more pop-oriented schedule than usual, they'll remain at the Kimmel Center for the third annual Absolutely Mozart festival. Once again conducted by Peter Oundjian, the five programs will explore the Austrian, exotic and Parisian styles of Mozart's music. Superb symphonies Nos. 29 and 36 ("Linz")
June 29, 2002 |
Normally at this time of year, the Philadelphia Orchestra has long cleared out of Center City, having ended its regular season in early May and already spent three weeks breezing through concert halls in Buenos Aires, Tokyo or Ames. But scheduling issues, including a late opening of the Kimmel Center, kept the orchestra at home this spring, extending its downtown season well into this month. Orchestra leaders also bet that demand to hear the new concert hall would be sufficient to add a three-concert coda, which came in the form of the "Absolutely Mozart" festival that opened Thursday night.
June 27, 2002 |
Remember Mozart in the Square, the late-May 1980s dessert of concerts after the season? Truth is, any time is perfect for Mozart, and the Philadelphia Orchestra has squeezed in a mini-festival of Wolfgang Amadeus between their regular and Mann seasons. Philly favorite Pamela Frank was to act as artistic director and host as well as performer, but the hand injury which put her out of commission last fall is healing much more slowly than doctors thought. The 8 p.m. Kimmel Center programs will go on as planned.
January 14, 1992 |
Antonio Salieri these days has a lot less in common with Mozart than Michael Jackson. Or Madonna. Or 2 Live Crew, for that matter. His music is little like theirs, of course, but Salieri's career is remarkably similar to those of some of today's pop stars in one important way: It has been bolstered by controversy. Who ever heard of Salieri before Amadeus? Outside of a few academics, no one - at least since his death in 1825. But now that he has been accused - quite wrongly - of being responsible for Mozart's death, he's being played, recorded and talked about.
November 5, 1991 |
Blandness characterized most of the Concerto Soloists' concert Sunday afternoon at the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square. Safe works were played safely, and with one exception, the experience seemed to leave both listener and performer unburdened by the adrenalin of a good challenge. That exception came with the first performance of Concerto for Contrabassoon by Daniel Dorff, a local composer who has studied with George Rochberg, George Crumb, Karel Husa, Richard Wernick and others.