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Pennsylvania Is Helping Pay For The Philadelphia Orchestra’s China Tour. What Do State Taxpayers Get Out Of It?

Basically, as one executive put it, “there are two Philadelphia brands the Chinese respect — the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the Philadelphia Orchestra.” Classical music is often used as a conversational warm-up for business discussions in China, not unlike the way sports is used elsewhere, and, as another executive puts it, the orchestra’s tour “serve[s] as a big draw for potential Chinese investors and companies to explore investment opportunities in the Philadelphia area....
Tags: Art, Music, China, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Philadelphia Orchestra, 05.13.19

Diary Of A Player In The First US Orchestra Ever To Visit Mao’s China

As the Philadelphia Orchestra prepares to depart for its 12th tour to China, here are excerpts from a journal kept by the piccolo player on the orchestra’s first tour there, back in 1973. – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, China, Mao, Philadelphia Orchestra, 05.09.19

Ethical Artistry: Falling Short—Logistics, Programming, and the Moral Complexity of Well-Intentioned Decisions

This post is the second in a four-part series looking at concert curation and some of the larger ethical dilemmas we all face as artists as a result. If you want to jump back, Part 1 is here; Part 3 and 4 will follow in the coming weeks. (Fair warning: this is the longest article in the series, so you may want to skip around. I cover calls-for-scores; age limits; rehearsal time; venues; thematic programs; and demographics. The final portion takes a closer look at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s cho...
Tags: Programming, Facebook, Religion, Articles, Competition, Ethics, Philadelphia, Npr, Columns, Recognition, Curation, Alex Ross, Phil, Philadelphia Orchestra, Ryan, Jim

New China International Piano Competition: $150,000 Prize And The Philadelphia Orchestra

Two of the most admired figures in classical music competitions are in charge: Yoheved Kaplinsky, chair of the piano department at the Juilliard School in New York, is the competition’s artistic director and jury chair; Richard Rodzinski, who has run the Van Cliburn and Tchaikovsky competitions, is general director.Not that either one was particularly excited about the prospect – at first… Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Philadelphia Orchestra, Tchaikovsky, Juilliard School, Van Cliburn, 04.19.19, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Richard Rodzinski

CCMPR @DemarreMcGill is named Associate Professor of Flute at CCM

Demarre McGill University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Acclaimed Musician Demarre McGill Is Named Associate Professor of Flute at CCM Curt Whitacre April 19, 2019 CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the appointment of Demarre McGill to the position of Associate Professor of Flute at CCM. McGill joined CCM’s faculty on a visiting basis in 2017. His new appointment will begin on Aug. 15, 2019. Winner of the prestigious ...
Tags: Japan, Religion, Washington Dc, Baltimore, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Orchestra, CCM, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, William J Zick, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Demarre McGill, New York Youth Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Stanley E Romanstein, CCM McGill

Opening Concepts—The Themes That Shape Each Year’s Edition of Classical:NEXT

With only four weeks to go until Classical:NEXT, I am taking this opportunity to breathe and reflect, a rare thing to do as general manager during the crunch phase of production. I currently feel like I’ve run a full marathon already and am getting my last energy together for the final sprint. I wonder where this last year has gone and if we are really opening the doors for the eighth time? As it approaches, you always have to ask: Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was packing my bag for another w...
Tags: London, France, Religion, America, Canada, Brooklyn, United States, Rotterdam, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Sawdust, Yannick Nézet Séguin, Marin Alsop, Le Bureau, Tanya Tagaq, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sphinx Organization

Hannibal Lokumbe: Always Go With the Feeling

Video Presentations and Photography by Molly Sheridan Transcription by Julia Lu For the past three years, composer/trumpeter/raconteur/poet/community activist/force of nature Hannibal Lokumbe has served as a composer-in-residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the auspices of Music Alive, a program which New Music USA administers in partnership with the League of American Orchestras. The culmination of this residency is Hannibal’s massive oratorio Healing Tones, which at the end of March ...
Tags: Japan, Texas, London, Berlin, New York City, Africa, Religion, Atlanta, Rome, Jimi Hendrix, Soul, Brooklyn, United States, South Dakota, Tennessee, Community

Eric Conway: Morgan Choir sings "Healing Tones" with Philadelphia Orchestra!

Dr. Eric Conway writes: Last night, the Morgan State University Choir performed a world-premier of the oratorio "Healing Tones" by Hannibal Lokumbe with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra with their musical director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This new composition received much exposure due to the piece being dedicated to the survivors of Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, where 11 persons were killed in a mass shooting in October 2018. The cho...
Tags: Religion, EC, Pittsburgh, Philly, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cambria Hotel, Yannick Nézet Séguin, William J Zick, Morgan State University Choir, Eric Conway, Morgan Choir, Hannibal Lokumbe, Tree of Life Congregation, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Funmike Logoke

Luis Biava, Longtime Philadelphia Orchestra Violinist (And Stand-In Conductor And All-Around Savior), Dead At 85

“Luis Biava joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1968 as a violinist and ended up staying more than three decades, but he never had a title that fully captured everything he meant to the ensemble and the organization. He was a respected conductor and, sitting among the first-stand players near the podium, was ready to be called upon to lead a concert at the last minute. He was an unofficial diplomat,” once defusing (in Spanish) a very tense labor dispute that broke during a tour rehearsal in Me...
Tags: Art, Music, Mexico, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, 03.27.19, Luis Biava

Eric Conway: Morgan Choir to premiere Healing Tones with Philadelphia Orchestra Mar. 28-30

Funmike Lagoke Hannibal Lokumbe Yannick Nézet-Séguin Dr. Eric Conway writes: Hello Morgan Fine and Performing Arts Community, The Morgan State University Choir will appear once again with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra in their Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center!  We will sing the world-premiere of Healing Tones by the orchestra’s composer-in-residence Hannibal Lokumbe. In addition to the Morgan presence on stage as the chorus, I am very proud to ...
Tags: Religion, Philadelphia, Hannibal, Morgan, Philadelphia Orchestra, Kimmel, Verizon Hall, Morgan State University, William J Zick, Morgan State University Choir, Eric Conway, Morgan Choir, Fumi, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Morgan Music, Funmike Lagoke

Critic’s Notebook: Nine Concerts in Seven Days at the World’s Most Famous Concert Hall

Carnegie Hall manages to present the vast sprawl of the classical field in the 21st century better than almost anywhere else.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Thomas, Joseph, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Orchestra, Jan, Vienna Philharmonic, Igor, Levit, Michael Tilson, Lisiecki, Daniel Bernard, Marc Bamuthi, Roumain

Philadelphia’s Academy Of Music Is Shedding

Well, it’s really called “spalling” — chipping and splintering by the brick, concrete or other materials on the exterior of the handsome theater, the US’s oldest opera house, now owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the venue (these days) for touring musicals, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Opera Philadelphia. Peter Dobrin explains why it’s happening and what’s being done. – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, US, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Peter Dobrin, 02.28.19

John Malveaux: All Russian Violin Recital Feb 5, 2019

John Malveaux   of   writes: A free concert featuring acclaimed violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory will be held on Tuesday evening, Feb. 5, 2019, in the Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall at 6200 E. Atherton Street on the campus of California State University at Long Beach. The hour-long concert will begin at 8 p.m. Free parking is available along Atherton Street  and paid parking in Lot G 12 just east of Daniel Hall. Ms. Gregory, who grew ...
Tags: Europe, Washington, Religion, Ukraine, San Diego, Beverly Hills, Detroit, Kiev, Gregory, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, California State University at Long Beach, Moscow Ballet, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Rimsky Korsakov

Making music American: a playlist from 1917

The entrance of the United States into World War I on 6 April 1917 inspired a flood of new music from popular songwriters. Simultaneously, the first recording of instrumental jazz was released in April 1917, touching off a fad for the new style and inspiring record companies to promote other artists before year’s end. Victor and Columbia, the industry leaders, developed technological innovations that made possible the first recordings of a full symphony orchestra. These recordings are a sample o...
Tags: Spotify, Europe, Books, Music, Featured, Congress, France, Germany, US, Indiana, History, United States, Paris, World War I, Manhattan, Jazz

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Share Met Opera’s New Commissions With Philadelphia Orchestra

In a Q&A with David Patrick Stearns, the music director of the two institutions says of new operas in the works from composers Kevin Puts and Mason Bates, “We will be workshopping these pieces in collaboration with the Curtis Institute. The Philadelphia Orchestra will premiere the scores in a concert presentation prior to the full production at the Met.”
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mason Bates, Met Opera, David Patrick Stearns, Kevin Puts, 11.29.18, Yannick Nézet Séguin Will Share, Curtis Institute The Philadelphia Orchestra

‘We Want To Use Music To Create Better People’ — Philadelphia’s Project 440

“Project 440 is the brainchild of Joseph Conyers, assistant principal bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, who often explains to people that yes, he does operate a music organization that doesn’t teach music.” Says Conyers, “The arts can play a pivotal role in underserved communities, giving kids opportunities, giving them things that they keep for the rest of their lives.”
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, SJM, Joseph Conyers, 11.16.18

Schoolteacher Leaves $4.7 Million To Philadelphia Orchestra

A beloved music teacher to generations of children in suburban Abington, Jane Kesson also spent decades as a volunteer for the orchestra. So when she passed away last year, it was anticipated that she had included the Philadelphians in her will. But no one anticipated a gift this big.
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, 11.08.18, Abington Jane Kesson

Philadelphia Orchestra Finds Harassment Claims Against Conductor Charles Dutoit ‘Credible’

Just a few days after the Montreal Symphony, where Dutoit was music director from 1977 to 2002, could not confirm or refute allegations of his sexual misconduct there, management in Philadelphia, where Dutoit’s long relationship with the orchestra culminated in his 2008-12 tenure as chief conductor, stated that “our internal investigation found reports [of Dutoit’s misconduct] to be credible.” (The Philadelphia Orchestra, along with several others, cut all ties with Dutoit last December.)
Tags: Art, Music, People, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dutoit, Charles Dutoit, 11.08.18, Montreal Symphony

Late school teacher leaves $4.7M to Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced it received $4.7 million from a retired teacher and longtime supporter of the orchestra — a gift an orchestra official called "a godsend."
Tags: Finance, Article, Philadelphia, Associated Press, Philadelphia Orchestra, FBN, Fbn/markets, Fox-business/markets, Ea5391b0-b686-50d6-9994-99f5a8346911

Ticket Philadelphia: Assistant Vice President

The Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Ticket Philadelphia will be a visionary leader responsible for supervising and directing all aspects of strategic planning, data interpretation, and managerial operations. Reporting to the Ticket Philadelphia Vice President, the AVP will energize and execute the organization’s strategic plan, creating a roadmap for new systems, processes, and procedures. The AVP will focus on maximizing profitability balanced with service and will have the passion to digital...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Business Intelligence Competency Manage, Ticket Philadelphia Advisory Board Analyze, Performing Arts Academy of Music, Kimmel Center Inc, IT Services Ensure

Robert Venturi Was Supposed To Design The Philadelphia Orchestra’s New Home. Why Didn’t It Get Built?

Venturi was engaged in the Philadelphia Orchestra concert hall for about a decade while the proposal tried to attract funding. Eventually, Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates was, in effect, dropped. When then-Mayor Ed Rendell, developer Willard Rouse, and philanthropist Sidney Kimmel took control and the project was rebranded an arts center, another firm, led by Rafael Viñoly, was chosen. How is it possible that Philadelphia let Venturi and Scott Brown slip through its fingers without ever havin...
Tags: Art, Scott Brown, Philadelphia, Visual, Philadelphia Orchestra, Venturi, Ed Rendell, Rafael Viñoly, Robert Venturi, Sidney Kimmel, 09.29.18, Venturi Scott Brown Associates, Willard Rouse

Robert Venturi, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the knockout landmark that could have been

A Venturi-designed concert hall would have given the Philadelphia Orchestra critical downtown presence.
Tags: Incidents, Philadelphia Orchestra, Venturi, Robert Venturi

Philadelphia Orchestra, Met Opera could do a 'Kavalier & Clay' opera with Mason Bates

With Yannick Nézet-Séguin now music director for both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, the two institutions are looking to take the relationship even deeper - and potentially to pull the Curtis Institute of Music into their orbit.
Tags: Incidents, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mason Bates, Yannick Nézet Séguin, Curtis Institute of Music, Kavalier, Philadelphia Orchestra Met Opera

The Met Is Creating New Operas (Including Its First by Women)

Turning the page with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, its first new music director since 1976, the Met is readying new works — and planning forays into its city.
Tags: News, Peter, Lincoln Center Theater, Public Theater, Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick, Delacorte Theater, Yannick Nézet Séguin, Metropolitan Opera, Gelb, Lincoln in the Bardo (Book, Nezet-Seguin, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Opera

Webinar – Wed, Sept 26 – Take a Closer Look at LiveNote®

Join us for a special tour of LiveNote® – the interactive performance guide for delivering commentary, translations, program notes, and images to audiences in real-time via mobile devices. Earlier this year, The Philadelphia Orchestra and InstantEncore announced the release of LiveNote® – the interactive performance guide for delivering commentary, titles, translations, and images to audiences in real-time via mobile devices. The Philadelphia Orchestra created LiveNote 1.0 in 2014. For the past ...
Tags: Art, Opportunities, Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Orchestra and Met Opera come together synergistically

Many bases were touched at the Philadelphia Orchestra's season opening weekend: New-ish music by Nico Muhly, the return of local favorite Andre Watts and the live recording of Rachmaninoff.
Tags: Nico Muhly, Incidents, Philadelphia Orchestra, Andre Watts

Philadelphia Orchestra opening gala: Yannick at the keyboard and a youthful surprise in the audience

The Philadelphia Orchestra opened its 2018-19 season with a big Strauss work, some chamber music, a new president and CEO, and - delightfully - a teenage patron wearing shorts.
Tags: Incidents, Strauss, Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick

Sphinx: Announcing the 2019 Sphinx Medals of Excellence Recipients

On March 20, 2019, Sphinx will honor three Black and Latinx artists who demonstrate the following qualities:  artistic excellence, outstanding work ethic, a spirit of determination, and ongoing commitment to leadership. Joseph H. Conyers, double bass Raquel González, soprano Will Liverman, baritone These outstanding artists are the recipients of the 8th annual Sphinx Medals of Excellence. The awards will be bestowed at the official Sphinx Medals of Excellence lu...
Tags: Washington, Religion, Chicago, Kennedy Center, James, Philadelphia Orchestra, Turandot, Gonzalez, Stella Maris, Grand Rapids Symphony, New Orleans Opera, WNO, William J Zick, Lawrence Kansas, Will Liverman, The Aspen Institute

Philadelphia Orchestra adds even more women to its composer roster

For the 2019-20 season, more than half of the orchestra's subscription programs will feature works by women and five women conductors will lead the ensemble. New commissions for women and a mentoring program are also coming.
Tags: Incidents, Philadelphia Orchestra

George Walker, 96, Pioneering African-American Composer

“Walker was a trailblazing man of ‘firsts,’ and not just because of the Pulitzer [he won in 1996 for Lilacs]. In the year 1945 alone, he was the first African-American pianist to play a recital at New York’s Town Hall, the first black instrumentalist to play solo with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the first black graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.”
Tags: Art, People, Philadelphia Orchestra, Walker, Curtis Institute of Music, New York s Town Hall, George Walker, 08.24.18