August 18, 2001 |
Seemingly on cue with the end of a century that made ugly the preferred mode in music, a prince of pretty has emerged: His name is Lowell Liebermann. The New York composer has had a tough time stating his case with his many critics, as if the concepts of pleasant and substantive were mutually exclusive. Often they are, and sometimes they are in Liebermann's music. His Flute Concerto, for instance, is so clotted with sweets that it makes the Prokofievian model upon which it is based seem acrid.
January 12, 2001 |
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducting; Roberto Diaz, viola soloist. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Tuesday at Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets. Tickets: $18-$60. Info: 215-893-1999. The burnished, dark-wood timbre of the viola hasn't inspired the huge catalog of solo works lavished on the violin and cello. Yet, for the Philadelphia Orchestra's first-chair violist Roberto Diaz, its sound is "melted chocolate, dark, smooth and rich. . .and slightly addictive.
September 28, 2006 |
Concertos can arise at such unlikely times and places, even the composer is left surprised. Slim, elegant Clarice Assad, for example, looks as if she just walked off a Lower East Side fashion shoot rather than emerging from the kind of sunless, airless composing studio where classical composers tend to live. In truth, the 28-year-old daughter of the beloved Brazilian guitarist Sergio Assad lives neither place. She sings and plays jazz with her trio in New York clubs, and never foresaw herself writing the Violin Concerto that violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg plays tonight with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
February 28, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra has a rather plastic idea of the concert format these days. On Wednesday night, that meant a hybrid of the talk-and-play concerts it has done under various names over the last two decades, plus offering the LiveNote app that allows the audience to follow real-time program notes on mobile devices. The start time was earlier than usual (6:30 p.m.), and tickets a flat $45 for an intermission-less concert of about 75 minutes. It would be hard to say the format struck a chord with ticket buyers, given the audience in the low hundreds that turned out in Verizon Hall.
April 13, 2010 |
During the head-spinning moments following the announcement of her Pulitzer Prize for music on Monday, Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon thought mostly about thanking people in her more distant past. "It's not so much about me, but my high school band director, Larry Hicks," said Higdon, 47, who grew up in Seymour, Tenn. "I should also call my flute teacher, Mrs. Bentley. " The Pulitzer for her Violin Concerto - which was premiered by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra last year and is scheduled for a Philadelphia performance in February - came just 10 weeks after her Percussion Concerto won the Grammy Award for best classical contemporary composition.
February 28, 2016
1 p.m. Sunday on WRTI-FM (90.1): An all-star performance. Award-winning guest maestro Fabio Luisi conducts the orchestra, with acclaimed guest violinist Christian Tetzlaff. Featured are two of Tchaikovsky's most important works, the Violin Concerto in D and the Symphony No. 6, the "Pathétique. "
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.
July 17, 2016 |
Is artistic freedom worth the price of artistic isolation? The answer for Philadelphia composer Michael Hersch looks better when considered over the long term. After early successes in the 1990s with expressionistic orchestral works performed under the likes of Mariss Jansons, Hersch has long gone against neo-tonal trends and in ways that have only intensified over the last five years. For some, he's one of the few out there able and compelled to speak in unvarnished truth.
May 23, 2013
For the first time in more than 13 years, WRTI-FM (90.1) will broadcast the Philadelphia Orchestra live in concert on Friday afternoon. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphians in works by Schumann, Janacek, and Dvorak, and violinist Gil Shaham performs Brahms' Violin Concerto . The 2 p.m. concert in Verizon Hall is dedicated to Wolfgang Sawallisch, who died in February, and opens with the Adagio espressivo from the Symphony No. 2...
June 6, 1988 |
The longer one deals with the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the more absurd it seems that an ensemble devoted largely to the performance of 18th- century music should pay so little attention to 18th-century performance practice. The problem is most noticeable when the group strips down to its strings- only core, as it did for all but one piece on a program given at the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square yesterday afternoon. A symphony possibly by Frederick the Great of Prussia; one of Antonio Vivaldi's dozen or so C-major violin concertos (identified only by an out-of-date catalogue number)