Philadelphia Orchestra

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  Nico Muhly is a composer of chamber music, orchestral music, sacred music, opera, ballet, and music for collaborators across a variety of fields.

Earlier this year The Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction of Yannick Nezet-Seguin premiered a commissioned piece from Muhly entitled “Mixed Messages.”

They will be playing it this Saturday night at SPAC in a program that also includes works by Glazunov, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky.

  Recognized internationally as a conductor of the highest calibre, Stéphane Denève has won praise from audiences and critics alike for his performances and programming. We first met him a few years ago at Tanglewood and he has been one of our favorite guests ever since.

Denève enjoys close relationships with many of the world’s leading solo artists and is also a conductor of opera – having worked at the Royal Opera House, La Scala, Netherlands Opera, Cincinnati Opera and with many other phenomenal companies around the world.

  Since the 1960’s, Marvin Laird has conducted and/or written dance and vocal arrangements for over two dozen Broadway and West End Shows, including the award-winning production of Annie Get Your Gun, and the 2003 Broadway revival of Gypsy, both starring Ms. Bernadette Peters who he will perform with on the SPAC stage tonight. In the early Sixties, he was assistant conductor for a National tour of Gypsy, which also featured a child actress named … Bernadette Peters. The rest is history.

Footnotes to that history include Mr. Laird’s writing dance music for two Academy Award films, Hello, Dolly and New York, New York, scoring Dynasty, The Love Boat and Quincy. His musical, Ruthless! – co-written with Joel Paley is currently running off-Broadway.

Marvin Laird will be on stage with Ms. Peters tonight – as will drummer Cubby O’Brien. Cubby has been playing drums for Bernadette Peters since 1968. He’s also accompanied numerous other mega-talents including Debbie Reynolds, Connie Francis, Ben Vereen, and many others. Oh, and he was an original Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club.

  Allison Vulgamore is the president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Since 2010 she has guided The Philadelphia Orchestra through a radically changing cultural environment and financial landscape.

Through that, the orchestra has maintained its artistic excellence and core principles.

Some particular feathers in her cap include the appointment of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the appointment of Charles Dutoit as conductor laureate.

  Robert Cafaro played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and was a member of the Baltimore Symphony before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1985.

He is an avid soloist and chamber musician and has performed recitals and appeared as a soloist in major cities of the world. An active teacher as well, Mr. Cafaro has been on the cello faculty of the University of Virginia, the Philadelphia College of Bible, the College of New Jersey, the Hartwick Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY, Strings International, and the Summer Strings Seminar in Rhinebeck, NY.

He has been a member of the Rachmaninov Trio since 2003. 

He joins us to talk about music and the orchestra, as well as his overcoming multiple sclerosis.

  We kick-off this morning’s SPAC broadcast with Violinist David Kim.

David has been the Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999. He started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School.

He will be giving the pre-performance talk tonight at 7PM before the 8PM opening with Bernadette Peters.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs has announced the 2014 residency of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  

      Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School.

David Kim will, of course, perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra here at SPAC AND will participate in the SPAC Chamber Music Festival this Sunday. He will present, as part of a quintet, a program entitled “Night In Day” which will feature pieces by Stravinsky, Mozart, and Brahms.