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Orchestra's Next Music Director Responds To Bankruptcy

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, slated to take over the Philadelphia Orchestra a year from this fall, responded to the orchestra's bankruptcy vote with this note to the board:

Orchestra's Next Music Director Responds To Bankruptcy

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, slated to take over the Philadelphia Orchestra a year from this fall, responded to the orchestra's bankruptcy vote with this note to the board:

Dear All,

What is "the Philadelphia Sound"? To me, it is the most beautiful sound in the world, because it is the sound of the hearts and souls of a fantastic group of women and men, passionately commited to share the most wonderful art form to the widest audience possible. This is why I humbly accepted the wonderful task of guiding and nurturing this "Philadelphia Sound" for the years to come.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is a family, a big family of musicians, staff and board members, and as in every family not everyone always agree on everything. However, in difficult times like those we are in, we need more than ever to stay as close as possible to each other, united behind the purpose of carrying on this extraordinary mission of sharing our joy and passion to make music together, to make our audiences dream, reflect and believe.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is unique. It is a treasure of the Music World. In every decision we make, we have to remember that this treasure is precious, but also remember that this treasure is made of people who give their hearts, souls and flesh to keep it alive.

I believe in this Orchestra, I believe in its bright future, whatever it takes to get through this difficult time. I am here to play an important role in it. We can do it, TOGETHER.

 

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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