Friday, May 22, 2015

Nice Vibe in North Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Orchestra played Deliverance Evangelistic Church last night as part of its free neighborhood concert series. Turnout wasn't huge - about 1,000, in a church that accommodates 5,000 - but the feeling sure was warm. Orchestra interim leader Frank P. Slattery Jr. offered two free tickets for any subscription concert next season to the first 25 attendees who called his office Monday morning. Here, assistant conductor Danail Rachev leads an ensemble dotted with many substitute players, while mezzo Marietta Simpson pauses between phrases in an excerpt from Bizet's Carmen.

Nice Vibe in North Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Orchestra played Deliverance Evangelistic Church last night as part of its free neighborhood concert series. Turnout wasn't huge - about 1,000, in a church that accommodates 5,000 - but the feeling sure was warm. Orchestra interim leader Frank P. Slattery Jr. offered two free tickets for any subscription concert next season to the first 25 attendees who called his office Monday morning. Here, assistant conductor Danail Rachev leads an ensemble dotted with many substitute players, while mezzo Marietta Simpson pauses between phrases in an excerpt from Bizet's Carmen.

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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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