Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ricardo Morales to stay with Philadelphia Orchestra

Ricardo Morales, announced in April as the New York Philharmonic's new principal clarinetist, has "resigned" the post before even beginning, the Philharmonic acknowledged Monday after a reporter's inquiry.

Ricardo Morales to stay with Philadelphia Orchestra

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Ricardo Morales, announced in April as the New York Philharmonic's new principal clarinetist, has "resigned" the post before even beginning, the Philharmonic acknowledged Monday after a reporter's inquiry.

"For family reasons, Mr. Morales has chosen to remain in Philadelphia, where he currently holds the position of principal clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The New York Philharmonic wishes Mr. Morales well in his future endeavors," the Philharmonic said in a statement.

A Philadelphia Orchestra Association spokeswoman said president Allison B. Vulgamore was unavailable, and the orchestra would only offer a short statement on the matter. "We are pleased to have him rejoin the orchestra," the spokeswoman wrote in an email.

Morales did not immediately respond to messages. He was to have started in New York this fall, succeeding Stanley Drucker, who held the position from 1960 until retirement in 2009.

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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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