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The Changing Sounds of Orchestras

10, 2014

Recently, one of the premier American orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, underwent another personnel change that may affect, even if subtly, the sound of that esteemed ensemble.

The Earlybird Special Comes to the Arts

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra begins Saturday concerts at 5:30 pm and Sunday performances at 7:00 pm.
December 31, 2013

A decisive modern wrinkle can be technology. The Metropolitan Opera’s live movie-theater simulcasts start at 12:55 p.m. East Coast time to avoid backstage gridlock at Lincoln Center between afternoon and evening performances of different productions.

Quartet Gives ‘Pop-Up’ Concert on Airplane Sitting on Tarmac

10, 2013

While their airplane waited on the tarmac for three hours recently, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra – touring China for the first time in 40 years- gave a “pop-up” concert for their fellow passengers.

Conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch on Symphony @ 7 This Week

Wolfgang Sawallisch
Wolfgang Sawallisch passed away late last month. We'll pay tribute to him this week on Symphony @ 7.
March 4, 2013

Wolfgang Sawallisch died recently on February 22 at the age 0f 89.  He was a fine conductor with a great sense of musicality. 

Listening Locally

Franklin Park Conservatory (2)
Franklin Park Conservatory was the site of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra's PNC Arts Alive Summer Music Series
22, 2013

Your support, not only of us, but of the hundreds of talented artists and performers who live in your community makes Columbus a very special place to live.

Favorite Classical Recordings of 2012

Joyce Di Donato as Mary, Queen of Scots in "Maria Stuarda"
December 20, 2012

These are performances released in 2012 that I greatly enjoyed, and am happy to recommend.

Conductor Charles Dutoit Takes Us to “The Planets”

Charles Dutoit in 1984
November 23, 2012

Charles Dutoit recently ended his four year tenure as chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He became a well known musical figure to many of us from his many outstanding recordings with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 1980′s. We’ll have one of his best, The Planets by Gustav Holst, this evening on Symphony @ 7.

Philadelphia Orchestra Gives Student New Trombone

photograph of the bell of a trombone
The Philadelphia Orchestra has offered to replace Aidan Milligan's trombone, which went missing last week.
17, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra has offered a 9-year-old trombone student with special needs a replacement instrument after his trombone went missing last week.

Minnesota Ballet Company Hit Hard by Flood

3, 2012

Flood damage to Minnesota Ballet’s sets; New York Opera Company offers free performances in city parks for 39th year; Philly Pops musicians believe orchestra will not make it without Peter Nero

Getting Music Out of the Concert Hall

11, 2012

The Challenge of New Music in New Places; Plight of the Page Turner; Peter Nero Next Casualty in Philly?