French conductor Louis Langrée and veteran violin virtuoso Midori joined the Philadelphia Orchestra for a lively musical mix. Linda Holt reviews.
Alain Altinoglu led the Philadelphia Orchestra, and German violinist Veronika Eberle brought a light, lyrical tone and impeccable technique. Linda Holt reviews.
An all-Russian slate by the Philadelphia Orchestra featured Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin, who made the program his own. Linda Holt reviews.
The Princeton Festival offers a rare opportunity to see 'Peter Grimes,' a Britten masterpiece known for its accessibility and modern themes. It's an excellent production featuring many Opera Philadelphia and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia members.
Three premieres by living composers, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with soloist Lana Trotovsek, and Mozart’s Haffner Symphony conclude the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's season. Modern works were enthusiastically received, and Trotovsek brought out the beauty in the familiar Mendelssohn concerto.
'Star Wars' composer John Williams offers a blend of romantic feeling and contemporary verve in his Violin Concerto. The program opened with Ravel’s airy 'Pavane for a Dead Princess,' and continued with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
As a last-minute replacement on the podium, Michael Tilson Thomas won over the audience with a classy program.
Despite a tendency to equate loud with exciting, Nézet-Séguin captivated a small but feisty audience with interpretations of Haydn and Bruckner that were sonorous, nuanced, and fervent.
The Philadelphia Orchestra cooked up a sizzling Carmen Suite No. 1 by Bizet, a delicious Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 4 played to perfection by Hilary Hahn, and a thankfully rare performance of the complete Firebird ballet, flat as a pancake until a searing finale almost saved the day.
Violinist Sarah Chang dazzled in Dvořák as the Philadelphia Orchestra, under Măcelaru, brought youthful vigor to Beethoven and Eastern European favorites.