Monday, April 27, 2015

Arts Cuts, Comings and Goings

It's a newsy February.

Arts Cuts, Comings and Goings

It's a newsy February.

Charles Dutoit is stepping down from artistic leadership of the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer series in Saratoga Springs, as David Patrick Stearns reports.

The Kimmel Center continues to shrink, with cuts to programming, administration and the budget. Some longtime staffers were among the 15 dismissed yesterday.

The San Antonio Symphony has appointed Sebastian Lang-Lessing as music director effective October 2010. The German conductor is currently artistic director of the Tasmanian Symphony.

Mei-Ann Chen is the fourth music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra starting in 2010-11. Born in Taiwan, she is now assistant conductor and League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has degrees from the University of Michigan and New England Conservatory.

Here's a great 1972 clip of Charles Dutoit and Martha Argerich. There was Chopin to play, big scores to study, many cigarettes to smoke. It was a different time.


Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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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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