Many of the Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians fanned out throughout the region October 23rd to share music with our audiences where they live and work. We had a blast!
Check out the article in the Philadelphia Inquirer!
CBS news featured more coverage of the orchestra's outreach efforts this week as part of the "HEAR" initiative, which strives to promote Health, champion music Education, eliminate barriers to Accessing the Orchestra, and maximize impact through Research. Check out musicians Daniel Han, Jason DePue, Kerri Ryan, Yumi Kendall, and Joseph Conyers in action!
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a music librarian for the Philadelphia Orchestra? You can listen to a fascinating talk with Steve Glanzmann here.
Retired Orchestra members and current members who support our retirees through the nonprofit P.O.R.F organization (Philadelphia Orchestra Retirees and Friends) will meet May 1st for the annual luncheon. For more information contact retired orchestra tubist Paul Krzywicki. Information is on the form below.
Orchestra musicians Kimberly Fisher, William Polk, John Koen, and Kerri Ryan recently traveled with Philadelphia Orchestra visiting composer Hannibal Lokumbe for visits to KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School and the Philadelphia Detention Center. Check out this article by Peter Dobrin in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Orchestra bassist Rob Kesselman and violinist Elina Kalendarova are featured in the PBS program Articulate with Jim Cotter, in a segment on stage fright. Check out the video below!
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.
From our Facebook page:
Jeffrey Curnow, associate principal trumpet
Hometown: Easton, PA
Orchestra member since: 2001
What's the best thing about being a trumpet player?
Chicks dig it. Or so I’m told.
How many instruments do you own?
4 C trumpets, 2 B flat trumpets, 2 E flat trumpets, 1 D trumpet, 2 piccolo trumpets and a flugelhorn.
What are some of your hobbies?
Drawing cartoons and jogging. I’m not sure jogging can actually be a hobby but I thought I’d list it here so I don’t look so boring.
You've become quite a successful cartoonist. How did it all start?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing or doodling. As soon as I could hold a pencil, I guess. I got interested in cartooning after watching The Beatles animated cartoon series on TV when I was a kid. I was fascinated by how the animators could make the cartoon characters look so much like the Beatles with just a few simple lines. That fascination with the art of the caricature got me hooked on Abe Hirschfeld’s work and it kind of took off from there.
Do you have a funny tour or runout story to share?
Usually tour stories are funny after a week, or a year, or perhaps therapy, but almost never are they funny when they’re happening. Like the time I had to play an offstage trumpet part from the roof of the Ford Theater in Vail while a serious thunderstorm was moving in. Up until that moment, it never occurred to me that the trumpet would make a really great lightning rod.
Your wife, Miyo, is a member of our violin section. What is it like to go to work with her?
It’s actually a lot of fun. After a concert, we can compare notes and, most importantly, juicy gossip about our colleagues!
What upcoming programs are you particularly excited to play?
The next program I’m excited to play is the first program on our upcoming Florida tour. Anything we play in 70 degree weather in February is an exciting show. Especially if I have the second half off!