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Archive: March, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 6:29 AM
Even in a tough economy, the Pennsylvania Ballet has arranged a nice holiday present for itself: a visit to the Kennedy Center. The ballet will bring The Nutcracker to Washington for seven performances starting Nov. 24. Kennedy Center is presenting Pennsylvania Ballet, which means the troupe collects a fee (I've asked the ballet to quantify that fee, but so far no response). This is the Kennedy Center's only Nutcracker of the season. In the past, they've presented ABT and Joffrey. A Pennsylvania Ballet spokeswoman says this is the first time the Balanchine version will be performed in D.C. This seems highly unlikely to me, but maybe some sharp reader will be able to tell me whether it's true. In any case, it's a wonderful bit of news that a company is adding performances when so many others are cutting back.
POSTED: Thursday, March 5, 2009, 11:11 AM

Terrence McNally finds drama backstage at the opera in his newest play, The Golden Age. The action takes place in the Théâtre-Italien in Paris on the evening of the premiere of Vincenzo Bellini's I Puritani. The play will be given its world premiere next season by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, which, after a Philadelphia run, takes it on the road to the Kennedy Center to be part of “Terrence McNally’s Nights at the Opera” Festival.

Opera has been good to McNally and McNally has been good for PTC. The theater company and playwright premiered the Maria Callas-inspired Master Class, which played the Kennedy Center and Broadway and won three Tony Awards.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 5:56 AM

Musicians for the new YouTube Symphony include players from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the Ukraine, the United Kingdom, U.S. - and Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Violist Alisa A. Seavey won the audition with an entry she made using her home-computer camera and a good quality microphone. She is one of 90 musicians who will travel to Carnegie Hall to play in a festival orchestra for three days, culminating in an April 15 concert with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

YouTube Symphony officials say this is the first orchestra chosen solely through online auditions.

About this blog

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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