Last week orchestra cellist Bob Cafaro volunteered his time to visit three schools each day in the Saratoga, NY area. He was promoting the Philadelphia Orchestra's three-week residency at Saratoga in August and stressing the importance of music and art in the schools. Bob played his cello, performed with student ensembles and discussed the orchestra program to which the students are invited!
To celebrate Johann Bach’s 332nd birthday, musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra played at two SEPTA stations Tuesday, at Suburban Station in the morning and at Jefferson Station for the evening rush. This was part of a worldwide “Bach in the Subways” event that began with a cellist in New York in 2010 and has grown to 150 cities in 40 countries. See the video above featuring Yumi Kendall, Yiying Julia Li, Barbara Govatos, and Kerri Ryan.
The reviews are in from our March 7th performance at Carnegie Hall!
Eric Simpson, on the New York Classical Review website, said that "Sumptuous Tchaikovsky and brooding Bartok (were) ideally served by Nézet-Séguin, Philadelphia Orchestra." You can read the full reviewhere.
Anthony Tommasini, in The New York Times, spoke of our "searing account of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle," and called our performance of excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, "full of dancing grace, soaring lyricism and glistening color." You can read the full review here.
Featuring Jason DePue, First Violin
Hometown: Bowling Green, OH *Go BGSU Falcons!*
Orchestra member since: September, 2000
What is your instrument? --My violin is a really great French fiddle made by Charles Francois Gand, 1825. It sounds great, it's in fabulous condition, and looks great too.
What are your hobbies? --Sports, particularly football. Attending outdoor movies. Playing mandolin and viola. Arranging music in addition to studio work and recording.
What was it like to grow up with 3 brothers who also play the violin? --We have always been able to bring out the best in one another by challenging ourselves both professionally and personally. One definite DePue Brothers trait I carry with me to this day is at the end of any concert, the very first thing that goes thru my mind regardless how well I believe I play/how positive the ovation, is, "I could have done better." It's love, life, liberty, and the pursuit of great musicianship.
Tell us a little about the DePue Brothers Band. --The DePue Brothers Band is an expansion of the DePue Family Musicians which began in the early 1980's. Members include Mark Cosgrove, guitar, Mike Munford, banjo, Kevin MacConnell, bass, and fellow Philadelphia Orchestra colleague and friend, Don Liuzzi. More information can be found on our website.
Who are your favorite non-classical musicians? --David Grisman, Willie Nelson, Allison Krauss, Billy Joel, King's Singers. "Newer" artists, Bruno Mars and Adele are definite winners. One of many reasons I enjoy watching Saturday Night Live is listening to new musical groups.
What are some of your favorite pieces/composers to play with the Philadelphia Orchestra? --Anything Ravel or Stravinsky. Specific repertoire: Respighi "Roman Festivals"; Hindemith "Mathis der Maler"; Vaughan Williams "Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis"; Roussel Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2; and just about any composer whose last name begins with the letter "B"!
Do you have any upcoming performances? --There are two upcoming DePue Brothers Band events in the area: Trinity Presbyterian Church, Cherry Hill, NJ, March 17th, 7pm The Hill at Whitemarsh, March 19th, 3pm
Our free pop-up concert on February 28th was a gift to our community of music lovers. You can read the full article by Peter Dobrin here.
In this photo by Steven M. Falk, Assistant Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor Kensho Watanabe helps 3-yer-old Grace Gu from Phoenixville conduct during a pop-up performance, with a conduct-along in the public space before the show. Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
Susan Lewis profiles Philadelphia Orchestra Contra-Bassonist Holly Blake on the WRTI website. You can read the full article and listen to the podcast here.
March 17 & 19 The DePue Brothers Band
March 17 7:00 PM Trinity Presbyterian Church, Cherry Hill NJ
March 19 3:00 PM The Hill at Whitemarsh
March 19 3:00 PM The Casimir Trio at the German Society
Music of Beethoven, Brahms, & Schubert
March 20 7:00 PM Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Musicians Concert at the Mutter Museum
Music of Martinu, Mozart & Grieg
March 21 4:30 PM "Bach in the Subways"
Part of a worldwide event celebrating Bach's 332nd birthday. A string quartet from the Philadelphia Orchestra will be playing at Jefferson Station.
Concertmaster David Kim in recital at Washington College
, , & David Kim performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
@ Messiah College
@ Roberts Wesleyan College
@ Moravian College
Cellist Bob Cafaro performs with the Rachmaninoff Trio in abenefit concert for the Rotary Club of Cherry Hill NJ.
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
With Principal Horn Jennifer Montone & including a composition by former Principal Bassoon Bernard Garfield.
The Wister Quartet (with guest violist Kerri Ryan) at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Mozart and Dvorak Quintets.
, Artolerance Events at West Chester University
Orchestra Masterclass with the WCU Symphony Orchestra and Artolerance Ensemble
Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University
Haydn "The Seven Last Words of Christ" for string Quartet. With David Kim & Anne Ku, Violins; Burchard Tang, Viola; & Priscilla Lee, Cello
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@ Church of the Savior, Wayne PA