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The Philadelphia Orchestra performed "Rite of Spring" Friday night at Carnegie Hall in New York; today New Yorker music writer Russell Platt says the orchestra has risen from the ashes of bankruptcy in fine fashion:Before attending the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Friday-evening concert at Carnegie Hall—which, as its highlight, featured a stunning hundredth-anniversary performance of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”—I dropped by a brief press conference and get-together at the Weill Recital Hall bar. There, Allison Vulgamore, the orchestra’s president, asked Yannick Nézet-Séguin, its new music director, questions about the ramifications of his undeniably exciting appointment and about the orchestra’s upcoming season—questions that
The New York Times reports: "Ah, a conductor with benefits. Riding the train called Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra said it will release its first recording on a major label in 16 years, on Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Nézet-Séguin is the orchestra’s new music director, a rising star in the conducting world who has been recording for Deutsche Grammophon since 2008. The record deal shows how a highly touted conductor’s luster can bring extras. Mr. Seguin is in the middle of recording seven Mozart operas for Deutsche Grammophon and has an agreement for three orchestral recordings as conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, another
There's a happier happy ending to Aidan Milligan's story. The 9-year-old Drexel Hill boy made news last week when the Philadelphia Orchestra volunteered to replace his trombone, which was taken when he placed it outside his house—so he wouldn't forget to take it to school with him the next morning. That was a gesture appreciated by the family of Milligan, who has Down syndrome, but they won't need the replacement trombone after all: Police in Haverford say they've recovered the missing instrument. "I'm just overjoyed, I'm delighted," said Helen Milligan, Aidan's mom. Police aren't saying if anyone was arrested in the
Yannick Nezet-Seguin has something very much in common with my friend “Andy” from Bristol. Nezet-Seguin is the new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which, despite its recent financial troubles, is very much a world-renowned institution. Nezet-Seguin is certainly no slouch. He began to study piano at age five and decided he wanted to become an orchestra conductor at age 10. He became the musical director of the Choeur polyphonique de Montréal in 1994 and obtained the same post at Choeur de Laval in 1995. That same year he also founded his own professional orchestra. Besides his work with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he is currently the conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and has conducted performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Royal Opera House in London.
The Philadelphia Orchestra had its reorganization plans approved in late June, but after some paper shifting and check signing on the last two days of July, it has officially emerged from bankruptcy. The ordeal took more than 15 months and cost nearly $10 million in fees and expenses.“I can confirm we’re all done and out of bankruptcy, and the orchestra is back in its first day of business as a non-debtor in possession,” said orchestra lawyer Lawrence G. McMichael Tuesday morning.The association succeeded in most of what it intended to achieve, though the action was not
Orchestra Has a Plan. The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced a plan to erase its debt, cut costs, and climb out of bankruptcy. The orchestra declared bankruptcy more than a year ago, but could be out of Chapter 11 by July if the judge and creditors approve the plan submitted yesterday. [New York Times]Sixers Force Game 7. Confetti! The Sixers beat the Boston Celtics 82-75 on the back of 20 points from Lou Williams in front of Allen Iverson and a sold-out Wells Fargo Center in South Philly last night. Game 7 is in
Earlier this week, I published part one of my interview with Questlove, whose Roots Picnic is shaping up to be the prime Philadelphia festival event of summer concert season. We talked about the Tupac "hologram," the future of music (a hologram Led Zeppelin reunion?), and his aversion to public restrooms. I saved his thoughts on fried chicken, the Philadelphia Orchestra bankruptcy and Twitter for part two.
It's been a year since the 75-member board of the Philadelphia Orchestra voted to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In case you were wondering how that's working out for them, the ongoing process was expected to end late last year and it looks like their legal tab will wind up three times what they anticipated. They're hoping to be out of Chapter 11 by July. [Inquirer]
Marching to the beat of a different drum, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops took to the streets yesterday at high noon and paraded from their old address at 260 S. Broad Street to their new one at 1580 Walnut Street, along with the Joseph A. Ferko String Band. Last year, the Philly Pops got tangled up in the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy problems. Although they are still waiting for the outcome of the Orchestra's reorganization, the Pops have separated from the Orchestra's administration and set up their own staff and office. Nero announced the upcoming 2012/2013 schedule, which includes "Bond
The Academy of Music celebrated 155 years with its annual concert and ball on Saturday night. It was a night filled with festivities all over Center City, and then at 8 p.m., nearly 1,500 people walked down Broad Street to enter the Academy of Music to attend a performance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, jazz singer Diana Krall, and dancers from Philadanco and Society Hill Dance Studio. This was the first Academy anniversary concert for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who is slated to become the Orchestra's music director next fall. Bucking a century-old tradition, party-goers had dinner before the concert at restaurants around town, and then headed over to the Academy, where they stayed the entire night; after the concert, the party was held in the building instead of at the Bellevue, as had also been the tradition for several generations.