Tom di Nardo, former music critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, has written a book about the Philadelphia Orchestra, Listening to Musicians.
“Listening To Musicians: 40 Years of the Philadelphia Orchestra” is Tom Di Nardo’s attempt to hear the heartbeat and soul of its artists. It features Interviews with Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and many guest conductors, soloists and composers. The most heartfelt comments come from the Orchestra’s musicians, past and present; insights into their art and dedication bring a deep awareness of performing at such an exalted level. The long journey to the realization of the Kimmel Center is also included.
The book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers.
Recently retired violinist Herbert Light reflects on his extraordinary 56 year career in the Philadelphia Orchestra.
As I look back on my 56 years as a member of this great orchestra, I am confronted with mixed emotions. When I was accepted into the orchestra in 1960, it was the greatest day of my life and the fulfillment of a dream. The memories of being on stage with such legendary conductors and soloists such as Stokowski, Stravinsky, Copland, Klemperer, Sutherland, Fischer-Dieskau, Serkin, Gilels, Rubinstein, Stern, Menuhin, Francescatti and Milstein, will be with me forever.
The level of performance of the orchestra, both collectively and individually, is better than ever. It is not a mystery as to why the Philadelphia Orchestra was for more than a century, among the top few in the country. Our contract led the way for all orchestras, with every contractual item at or near the top. As I embark upon this new phase of my life, I fervently hope that in the not too distant future, the Philadelphia Orchestra will return to this well earned leadership role in the symphonic field.
From our facebook page: a profile of
Matthew Vaughn, co-principal trombone
Hometown: Dallas, TX / Richmond, IN
Philadelphia Orchestra member since: 1999
What are your hobbies?
--I enjoy exercise, cats, cooking, skiing, and water skiing
People would be surprised to know that...
--The infamous Jim Jones was my uncle. He married my Aunt Marceline, not a blood relative!
What has been your favorite orchestra tour, and why?
--I've had so many great memories from tours, like hiking the Great Wall and eating fried scorpions in China. But tour is always more fun with family. Bringing the family to Vienna and Edinburgh was a highlight, getting young boys to try haggis!
What goes through your mind right before the big solo in Bolero?
--Phew, I'm glad it's Nitzan playing it tonight!
Do you play any instruments other than the trombone in the Orchestra?
--on occasion I get to play euphonium and alto trombone, which is a cute baby version of my normal trombone.
Did you ever serve in the US Armed Forces?
--Sir, yes, sir. The US Air Force Band in Washington DC.