Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Thomas Eakins, Bicoastal Star

Thomas Eakins is the constant star in Philadelphia, more so now with the recent restoration of The Gross Clinic, but he's also the rare object of attention on the West Coast, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which opens "Manly Pursuits: The Sporting Images of Thomas Eakins" July 25. The show of about 60 works capitalizes on the museum's 2007 acquisition of Eakins' Wrestlers, from 1899...The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has extended Peter H. Gistelinck’s term as executive director through the end of the 2014-2015 concert season, the group announced. He started the job in 2006...Opera Company of Philadelphia chief David B. Devan has been appointed to the board of Opera America, the national service organization for opera troupes in the U.S....It's almost the halfway point in our hot Philadelphia summer, but the Philadelphia Orchestra is looking ahead to fall, announcing that tickets ($25-$140) for the concert-only portion of its opening night fete go on sale Aug. 2; the Sept. 23 program includes violinist Joshua Bell as soloist in Lalo's Symphonie espagnole. Charles Dutoit conducts, returning to the podium after his last performances at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Thomas Eakins, Bicoastal Star

Thomas Eakins is the constant star in Philadelphia, more so now with the recent restoration of The Gross Clinic, but he's also the rare object of attention on the West Coast, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which opens "Manly Pursuits: The Sporting Images of Thomas Eakins" July 25. The show of about 60 works capitalizes on the museum's 2007 acquisition of Eakins' Wrestlers, from 1899...The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has extended Peter H. Gistelinck’s term as executive director through the end of the 2014-2015 concert season, the group announced. He started the job in 2006...Opera Company of Philadelphia chief David B. Devan has been appointed to the board of Opera America, the national service organization for opera troupes in the U.S....It's almost the halfway point in our hot Philadelphia summer, but the Philadelphia Orchestra is looking ahead to fall, announcing that tickets ($25-$140) for the concert-only portion of its opening night fete go on sale Aug. 2; the Sept. 23 program includes violinist Joshua Bell as soloist in Lalo's Symphonie espagnole. Charles Dutoit conducts, returning to the podium after his last performances at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Peter Dobrin 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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