Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops sever ties

Peter Nero and the pops orchestra he leads have agreed to split from the Philadelphia Orchestra Association.

Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops sever ties

The Philly Pops lives.

Peter Nero and the pops orchestra he leads have agreed to split from the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, terminating a six-year experimental merger that was bumpy from the start, stormy at the end, and never fully consummated.

Under the terms of the separation, the Pops will receive a $1.25 million settlement from the Association to fund future operations. The Association will continue to provide office space and a certain amount of organizational support to the Pops through June.

And the Pops – which was unsure of whether it could continue operations apart from the Association – can now announce a season and begin selling tickets.

Musicians and guest artists held on tenterhooks for months have been informed that the shows will go on, said Nero.

“I’m ecstatic,” said the 77-year-old internationally acclaimed pianist and pops conductor. “I really miss playing with the orchestra and miss playing for our audiences. I can’t wait to get back into it.”

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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