Thursday, September 3, 2015

Notes on the Arts

Riccardo Muti - music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but better known in these parts for being Eugene Ormandy's successor in Philadelphia - has won the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize for his “extraordinary” contributions and influence in the world of music...Philadelphia-born Alfred Genovese, former principal oboist of the Boston Symphony, has died, the Boston Globe reports. Curtis Institute of Music students and graduates are winning honors left and right: pianists Benjamin Hochman and Chu-Fang Huang (pictured), both Curtis alum, are two of the three 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients; and Curtis bass-baritone Joseph Barron, a master's student, is one of five Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Auditions Winners. Another winner, soprano Michelle Johnson, studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Notes on the Arts

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Riccardo Muti - music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but better known in these parts for being Eugene Ormandy's successor in Philadelphia - has won the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize for his “extraordinary” contributions and influence in the world of music...Philadelphia-born Alfred Genovese, former principal oboist of the Boston Symphony, has died, the Boston Globe reports. Curtis Institute of Music students and graduates are winning honors left and right: pianists Benjamin Hochman and Chu-Fang Huang (pictured), both Curtis alum, are two of the three 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients; and Curtis bass-baritone Joseph Barron, a master's student, is one of five Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Auditions Winners. Another winner, soprano Michelle Johnson, studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

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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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