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Nathalie Stutzmann Named Music Director Of Atlanta Symphony

Stutzmann, a former contralto from France who’s currently principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will start an initial four-year term at the ASO’s helm next fall. She’ll be the only woman currently serving as music director of a year-round orchestra in the US. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, France, US, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Nathalie Stutzmann, Stutzmann

Philadelphia Orchestra Ditches The Formal Dress

“We’re well into the 21st century. It’s time to acknowledge that in many ways, and one of them is the way the orchestra looks on the stage,” says Philadelphia Orchestra president and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky. – Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra

Carnegie Adjusts Program for Return, Adds Beethoven Cycle

Carnegie Hall has changed the program for its return from the coronavirus shutdown and added a Beethoven cycle to the season with the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Tags: Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Orchestra

Curtis Institute Lets Go Its Longtime Star Oboe Teacher

Richard Woodhams, who retired after 40 years as the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal oboist in 2018, was told by the music school that his teaching contract will not be renewed. No reason has been given other than “Curtis has decided to move in a different direction.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis, Curtis Institute, Richard Woodhams Valerie Coleman's "Seven O'Clock Shout" to be performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra Thursday, Aug. 12 at 8 PM at Saratoga PAC

Valerie Coleman (Matthew Murphy) The Daily Gazette by Geraldine Freedman August 8, 2021 The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Wednesday for a four-day residency under music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin. But with the pandemic, even this venerable organization has re-evaluated its mission to better reflect current expectations. “We’re looking beyond our narrow border to expand our repertoire and vision and sense of social responsibi...
Tags: Religion, Vail, David Kim, Florence, Boston University, Coleman, SPAC, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Robert Schumann, Yannick Nézet Séguin, Imani, William J Zick, Valerie Coleman, Gabriela Lena Frank, Louise Farrenc

Carnegie Hall to Reopen Oct 6 With Philadelphia Orchestra

Carnegie Hall will return from the coronavirus pandemic with a gala concert featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra on Oct. 6.
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“An Outsized Image Forged From Undersized Gifts” — How Did Eugene Ormandy Do It?

His baton technique was, er, idiosyncratic; he couldn’t conduct complex meters; he could be cruel. And after 44 years as music director, seemingly everyone was relieved to see him retire. Yet he and the Philadelphia Orchestra became worldwide legends together. David Patrick Stearns considers why. – Classical Voice North America Classical Voice North America
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, David Patrick Stearns, Eugene Ormandy

Philadelphia Orchestra To Consolidate With Kimmel Center Under New Organization

“Philadelphia Orchestra president and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky will become leader of the new parent company upon finalization of the deal, and Kimmel president and CEO Anne Ewers” — who initiated and championed the deal — “will retire. … While pressures brought on by the pandemic sparked talks toward the move, the benefits of the new structure are independent from the pandemic shutdown and abrupt disappearance of ticket revenue, leaders say.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Kimmel, Anne Ewers, Matías Tarnopolsky, 06.17.21

On The Rediscovery Of Black Composers Of The Past

“Black composers have been emerging over the past year at a dramatically accelerated pace that’s particularly rare amid the normally glacial progression of the classical music world. Young figures such as Valerie Coleman – whose highly appealing Seven O’Clock Shout for the Philadelphia Orchestra was an instant hit – shouldn’t be such a surprise, but what about figures from the past who aren’t around to give a living face to their respective musical outputs? And why are we only hearing about the...
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Valerie Coleman, David Patrick Stearns, 05.18.21

The Dictatorial Polish Conductor Who Changed The Sound Of American Orchestras

The tale of Artur Rodzinski is not a charming one, and yet, “arguably no man had more of a hand in turning American orchestras into the technical marvels they became in the mid-20th century — whether through those he led himself, or through the example he set. He jolted up the standards of some of the great ensembles of the radio age: the Philadelphia Orchestra (as an assistant from 1925 to ’29), the Los Angeles Philharmonic (as music director from 1929 to ’33), the Cleveland Orchestra (1933 to...
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, NBC Symphony, Artur Rodzinski, 05.14.21, New York Philharmonic Symphony

Was Philadelphia’s Leading Classical Radio Host Just Fired?

Gregg Whiteside, who for 17 years hosted weekday morning programming and the Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcasts at WRTI, abruptly disappeared from the air last month, with only a brief farewell note about his retirement (as it was termed) several days later on the station’s website. The staff had been alerted with a one-sentence memo saying that Whiteside no longer works there “effective immediately,” and station execs have said absolutely nothing about the matter since. –
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Whiteside, WRTI, 02.02.21, Gregg Whiteside

Joseph Conyers on Being an Artist Entrepreneur

The Philadelphia Orchestra bassist and entrepreneur shares the passions that have fueled his success. – Aaron Dworkin
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Philadelphia Orchestra, Joseph Conyers, 11.23.21

Philadelphia Orchestra’s New Principal Guest Conductor Says It’s A Good Time For Women On The Podium

Nathalie Stultzmann: “It’s very clear that things have improved. … What is incredibly difficult still is for a woman to get a position. We see great orchestras always having women coming for a week to guest conduct. It’s very important to see in the next years more women in the crucial positions of music director and principal guest conductor at the head of important orchestras.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, 12.19.20, Nathalie Stultzmann

Philadelphia Orchestra’s New Principal Guest Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann

“The much-loved French contralto and conductor … expects to conduct about three weeks each year in the main subscription series, plus additional concerts at the orchestra’s summer homes in Vail, Colo., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and on tour.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Nathalie Stutzmann, 12.08.20, Vail Colo Saratoga Springs

The Philadelphia Orchestra Seeks to Recruit Several Key Team Members

Through innovative programming, robust educational initiatives, and commitment to the community, the Philadelphia Orchestra is on a path to create an expansive future for classical music, and to further the place of the arts in an open and democratic society. The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the world’s preeminent orchestras. It strives to share the transformative power of music with the widest possible audience, and to create joy, connection, and excitement through music in the Philadelp...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra, Matías Tarnopolsky, Howe Lewis Talent

Gramophone’s Record Of The Year Is Mirga’s Weinberg Symphonies Disc; Igor Levit Is Artist Of The Year

The English-speaking world’s most prestigious classical recording prize goes to DG’s release of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Symphonies No. 2 and No. 21, with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducting the City of Birmingham SO and Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer playing the violin solos. Notable among the other awards is the rehabilitation of the Philadelphia Orchestra: 12 years after being pointedly left off the magazine’s list of the world’s 20 greatest symphonic ensembles, the band has been named Orchestr...
Tags: Art, Music, Birmingham, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mirga Gražinytė Tyla, Igor Levit, Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica, Mieczysław Weinberg, David Patrick Stearns, 10.06.20, Weinberg Symphonies Disc America's Lost Generation of Black Conductors

WQXR Sep 1, 2020 · by David Patrick Stearns The 1970s are hardly ancient history, but the decade seems like a distant world that had African American symphony and opera conductors in a few highly visible positions. Though not exactly common, Black conductors were a definite presence — long-emerging careers blossomed and young firebrands soared out of left field, each in ways that intersected around that time.   This lost generation of African American conductors led majo...
Tags: Europe, London, Nbc, Germany, Religion, America, Chicago, Prague, Beethoven, State Department, Bangkok, Strauss, Soviet Union, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dixon, Simmons

There Was An Entire Lost Generation Of Gifted African-American Conductors

“[They] led major concerts by Arturo Toscanini’s NBC Symphony, gave the Philadelphia Orchestra premiere of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 8, and led the Metropolitan Opera’s celebrated rehabilitation of Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète. Most of them were robbed of that over-60 elder-statesman period when the world was likely to more widely celebrate their accumulation of artistic wisdom. But there’s ample proof that Dean Dixon (1915–76) and Calvin Simmons (1950–82) had many great moments well before then...
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini, Meyerbeer, Calvin Simmons, David Patrick Stearns, Dean Dixon, NBC Symphony, 09.01.20, Dixon Simmons

VIDEO: Steve Martin Teams Up with Musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra for A Special Performance

GRAMMY Award-winning musician and actor Steve Martin appeared in a unique collaboration with musicians of the Orchestra. The remote performance titled 'Office Supples' can be seen below. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Steve Martin, Philadelphia Orchestra, BWW News Desk

Steve Martin Performs ‘Office Supplies’ With Orchestra in Remote But Rousing Video (Watch)

As a banjo player and as a comedian, Steve Martin has had deep meaningful relationships with many classical orchestras around the country. Most particularly, Martin and the hallowed Philadelphia Orchestra have had particularly tight ties. In 2018, Martin headlined the orchestra’s 161st Academy Ball with conductor/music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin as cohost to benefit the legendary […]
Tags: News, Steve Martin, Martin, Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet Séguin

Philadelphia Orchestra Creates Special In-House Music Channel For UPenn Hospitals

“Patients and health-care workers at Penn Medicine’s six sites can now access a service that brings them archived performance videos of the Philadelphia Orchestra. … New performances will be added each week, and orchestra leaders hope to expand the pilot program to other health systems.” Says one hospital’s CEO, “Patients have given us feedback that they are utilizing it, that they find it helpful, and that they find it comforting.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Penn Medicine, 05.27.20, House Music Channel For UPenn Hospitals

What Explains Why Millions Are Tuning In Online To Watch Orchestras?

What explains why the Philadelphia Orchestra’s BeethovenNOW concert, with two full symphonies webcast from an empty Verizon Hall on March 12, is up to 771,000 YouTube views? Or why the Rotterdam Philharmonic’s abbreviated Beethoven 9th video — with each instrumentalist playing separately from home, titled From Us to You, is closing in on 2 million views since its March 20 posting? – Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Audience, Philadelphia Orchestra, Verizon Hall, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 04.08.20

The Coronavirus Hasn’t Slowed Classical Music

As closures give way to a deluge of live streams, performances have never been more accessible.
Tags: News, Industry, Italy, Classical Music, Opera, Marin, Tao, Philadelphia Orchestra, Manfred, Jan, Conrad, Missy, Igor, Pires, Alsop, Deutsche Grammophon

In a Pandemic, Musicians Play in Empty Halls for Audiences Online

Bans on large gatherings have meant those tuning in aren’t aping the live listeners. They are the only listeners.
Tags: News, Radio, Classical Music, Opera, Michael, Simon, Daniel, Philadelphia Orchestra, Anita, Barenboim, Yannick, Berlin State Opera, Igor, Rattle, Computers and the Internet, Levit

A Fundraiser For The Academy Of Music Is Philadelphia’s Biggest High-Society Event. Here’s How It Should Change For The 21st Century.

Eyebrows shot up last month when the Philadelphia Orchestra (which owns the building) and the Kimmel Center (which operates it) announced that the Academy Ball, held every year but one since 1957, was called off for next year and would be reconsidered entirely. Peter Dobrin makes the case that the Ball is a unique Philadelphia tradition that shouldn’t be ended but can definitely be made more relevant. – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia, Audience, Philadelphia Orchestra, Kimmel Center, Peter Dobrin, 03.13.20, Academy Ball

Joyce DiDonato, Nicola Benedetti, Jennifer Higdon, Caroline Shaw: Classical Grammy Awards 2020

The Dudamel/L.A. Phil recording of Andrew Norman’s Sustain took Best Orchestral Performance, with Caroline Shaw’s Orange by the Attacca Quartet winning Best Chamber/Small Ensemble Performance and the Houston Chamber Choir’s all-Duruflé disc receiving Best Choral Performance honors. Best Opera Recording was the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s release of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Joyce DiDonato’s Songplay took Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, Nicola Benedetti’s rendition of Wynton Mars...
Tags: Art, Music, Phil, Philadelphia Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Caroline Shaw, Jennifer Higdon, Andrew Norman, Dudamel, Nicola Benedetti, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Houston Chamber Choir, 01.27.20, Fox Joyce DiDonato, Songplay

2020 GRAMMYs Winners List

Music’s Biggest Night is under way from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and we are well on our way to handing out some hardware. Check out the list before for a full list of winners updated throughout the night as we wind our way through the 62nd annual GRAMMY Awards, only on CBS and streaming live on CBS All Access. Record of the Year “Hey, Ma” — Bon Iver “Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish “7 Rings” — Ariana Grande “Hard Place” — H.E.R. “Talk” — Khalid “Old Town Road” — Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray C...
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See All the Winners of the 2020 Grammy Awards

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards took place this year under the shadow of major tumult at the Recording Academy. They also began just hours after news broke that NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his . daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles. Despite the somber mood, the stars showed up for a night of performances, Grammy Moments and of course the distribution of the awards themselves. Among the many winners who received awards before the evening ceremony began were ...
Tags: Uncategorized, 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Awards

Best Recordings of 2019

Recording of the Year: Terry Riley, Sun Rings, Kronos Quartet, Volti (Nonesuch)             Terry Riley’s 2002 work Sun Rings simultaneously celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Voyager exploration and soberly reflects on September 11, 2001. Kronos Quartet, longtime collaborators with Riley, the ethereal voices of Volti, and a collection of space sounds are combined to create a fascinating and engaging amalgam. An exhilarating ride through the various styles that Riley has at his dispo...
Tags: Religion, Cds, Matana Roberts, Riley, Philadelphia Orchestra, Sergei Rachmaninov, Hilliard, Metropolitan Opera, Kronos Quartet, Terry Riley, Julian Wachner, Contemporary Classical, Blue Heron, Daniil Trifonov, Jan Garbarek, File Under

The Philadelphia Orchestra Is Expanding Its Relationship With China Despite U.S.-China Tensions

There are many, many tensions between the two countries, but “the orchestra’s rock-star status in China offers it unique possibilities for bridge-building. Even youngsters are aware that, in 1973, it was the first Western orchestra to play in the People’s Republic of China. It has made 11 full visits since then, the most recent one in May.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, China, Philadelphia Orchestra, People 's Republic of China, 11.22.19, China Despite U S China Tensions