Musicians and management of the Philadelphia Orchestra have agreed to talk and play as negotiations continue over a new labor contract, several sources say. The expiring deal was one of steep cuts crafted in 2011 under supervision of U.S. Bankruptcy Court after the Philadelphia Orchestra Association filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.
A paradox, perhaps, but it's a significant marker of individualism that every time Alexandre Moutouzkine appears, he sounds like a slightly different pianist. The basic character of his playing morphed even in a single recital, Thursday night, part of the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (PYPA).
It's one of those stories that has lodged in the minds of many for its injustice and irony. Nina Simone - before she was Nina Simone, when she was still an aspiring classical pianist named Eunice Waymon - auditioned for the Curtis Institute of Music and was rejected on grounds of her race.
If audiences in New England end up hearing anything like Tuesday night's recital at the Curtis Institute of Music, they will be struck by the meticulous approach of violinist Bella Hristova and pianist Steven Lin. The two young Curtis grads tried out their program amid the comforts of home - Field Concert Hall - before taking it on the road. The concert, strung loosely along the idea that folk tunes can and do seep into classical, was built to announce the virtues of technical solidity.