Sunday, December 28, 2014

Renée Fleming and Paul Simon Headline Academy of Music Anniversary

Renée Fleming and Paul Simon will join the Philadelphia Orchestra for this winter's Academy of Music Anniversary concert, the Academy announced. Program details - among them, who will conduct - have not yet been set, said Academy president Joanna McNeil Lewis, but the double-bill is meant to cover both the classical and popular appeal the annual event has traditionally embraced. Fleming, the highly regarded soprano, has been engaged to sing classical works, though she could also perform a song or two from her crossover repertoire. Simon, the venerable singer-songwriter, is expected to perform his well-known pieces with the orchestra, as the ensemble has done in recent Academy Anniversary concerts with pop singers such as Sting and Billy Joel. NBC anchor Lester Holt will host. "Our theme is protecting Philadelphia's cultural treasures," said Lewis. "Our hope is to get Philadelphians aware of the fact that if we don't donate to and volunteer for our nonprofits they're not going to survive. Philadelphia is rich with arts and culture, and we need to protect that." Amphitheatre tickets for the concert-only portion of the Jan. 29 event, at $185, go on sale Thursday. The Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball is a benefit whose proceeds are split between the orchestra and the 154-year-old venue.

Renée Fleming and Paul Simon Headline Academy of Music Anniversary

Renée Fleming and Paul Simon will join the Philadelphia Orchestra for this winter's Academy of Music Anniversary concert, the Academy announced.
Program details - among them, who will conduct - have not yet been set, said Academy president Joanna McNeil Lewis, but the double-bill is meant to cover both the classical and popular appeal the annual event has traditionally embraced.
Fleming, the highly regarded soprano, has been engaged to sing classical works, though she could also perform a song or two from her crossover repertoire. Simon, the venerable singer-songwriter, is expected to perform his well-known pieces with the orchestra, as the ensemble has done in recent Academy Anniversary concerts with pop singers such as Sting and Billy Joel.
NBC anchor Lester Holt will host.
"Our theme is protecting Philadelphia's cultural treasures," said Lewis. "Our hope is to get Philadelphians aware of the fact that if we don't donate to and volunteer for our nonprofits they're not going to survive. Philadelphia is rich with arts and culture, and we need to protect that."
Amphitheatre tickets for the concert-only portion of the Jan. 29 event, at $185, go on sale Thursday. The Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball is a benefit whose proceeds are split between the orchestra and the 154-year-old venue.
 

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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