Saturday, February 13, 2016

Minnesota Orchestra Hires Sarah Hicks

Sarah Hicks succeeds Doc Severinsen as the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of pops and presentations. The Curtis Institute of Music grad starts her new four-year post immediately. Hicks (pictured) joined the orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006...

Minnesota Orchestra Hires Sarah Hicks


Sarah Hicks succeeds Doc Severinsen as the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of pops and presentations. The Curtis Institute of Music grad starts her new four-year post immediately. Hicks (pictured) joined the orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006...

Academy of Natural Sciences president and CEO William Y. Brown is stepping down early next year to become president of the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. Dr. Ted Daeschler, the Academy’s vice president of systematic biology and library, will be acting president while a search for a permanent successor takes place. Brown has been leader since Feb. 2007. The Academy hosts its next show, on George Washington Carver, starting Nov. 14...

We hate to bring this up, but it just keeps happening. The Berlin Philharmonic's prediction for when Simon Rattle would sign his contract has come and gone - again. September was their latest prediction, and it's now the middle of October. Rattle and the orchestra affirmed their commitment to each other more than a year ago, and yet, despite several statements that a deal was about to be signed, it's still not in writing. By the way, for what it's worth, the orchestra now says the contract will be signed this month.


Seán Deibler will be remembered Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany, 330 S. 13th Street, with a chorus under the direction of Bernard Kunkel performing Mozart, Kodály, Duruflé, Martin and others. The stalwart and charismatic figure on the local choral scene died in August. He had founded the Music Group of Philadelphia and the Choral Arts Society. Does anyone recall Deibler the singer?

A memorial honoring English hornist Louis Rosenblatt will be held Nov. 1 at the Academy of Music ballroom from 3 to 5 p.m. Rosenblatt, the oboist and English hornist with the Philadelphia Orchestra for three and a half decades and a man of uncommon dignity and intelligence, died in August.



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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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