Those funky, menacing chords can only belong to one piece of music: West Side Story, the Leonard Bernstein Broadway musical that updated the Romeo and Juliet story into the world of gang warfare to the streets of post-war New York City. The concert suite from the musical has often been played by The Philadelphia Orchestra, though this week it's performing the music in a different incarnation - as an accompaniment to the 1961 Oscar-winning film. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports that the enterprise isn’t nearly as simple as it looks.
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is out of bankruptcy.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Eric L. Frank approved the association's reorganization plan June 28, but with the writing of checks and completion of other administrative matters Monday and Tuesday, the curtain officially has come down on perhaps the most perilous episode in the history of the organization that supports and presents the storied ensemble."I feel like I'm getting out of jail," said orchestra chairman Richard B.
As the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates the legacy of Leopold Stokowski, WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He is among the most sought-after young conductors in the world; in September 2012 he starts his tenure as music director of the Orchestra.
It was 100 years ago that legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski stepped onto the podium as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the legacy of Stokowski, who is credited with shaping the distinctive "Philadelphia Sound."
David Patrick Stearns considers the great conductor Leopold Stokowski - the man, the music, and the myths - as The Philadelphia Orchestra prepares for its 100-year celebration of their famed music director.
Listen to WRTI between June 16th and 22nd for special Stokowski programming!
It was 100 years ago that Leopold Stokowski, a young, up-and-coming conductor, became the music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra - transforming the ensemble, practically overnight, into a world-class organization. In his 28 years in Philadelphia, Stokowski presented American premieres of countless works, and was responsible for many “firsts” - from the first electrical recording, to the first commercially sponsored radio broadcast (1929), to the first series of concerts for children.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has just wrapped up a 10-day visit to China, its seventh trip to the country over the past four decades.
But this trip was different.
The orchestra is preparing to come out of bankruptcy, and this tour was about its survival. It hopes to balance its books by building new audiences and new revenues in the world's second-largest economy.
On a rare visit to the United States, the internationally renowned pianist and humanitarian Maria João Pires performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra last week. David Patrick Stearns explores the life and career of the great piano virtuoso.
Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim and Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi speak with WRTI's Jim Cotter as the ensemble embarks on a new type of overseas excursion. While still featuring traditional concert performances in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Shanghai, the Orchestra's 2012 Residency Week and Tour of China will place a greater emphasis on community engagement.
The Philadelphia Orchestra made history in 1973 as the first American orchestra to perform in China. This week, the Orchestra - led by Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit - is in Beijing for a residency in collaboration with China's National Center for Performing Arts. This marks the ensemble's fifth visit to China.
WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at how the Orchestra is engaging in activities beyond the concert hall, and expanding its relationships with the people of China.