Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist Kathryn Picht Read tells of the importance of her early music experiences to her career.
Recently, I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin for the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. During my four years of membership in that group, I received wonderful orchestral training that would otherwise have been unavailable. The WYSO organization has grown tremendously in the past fifty years. There are now four orchestras, a brass ensemble, a percussion ensemble and a chamber music program, with plans to add a fifth orchestra in the fall.
I know that my youth orchestra experience was critical in my journey to the Philadelphia Orchestra!
Orchestra violinist Philip Kates shares his love for the Philadelphia Orchestra, for music, and for life in general on this facebook post which you can read here.
Tour of Asia
On May 16, we will be leaving for a tour of Asia, with concerts in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Macau, Tokyo, Osaka, and Kawasaki.
We have been to Asia many times, and over the years we have developed a special relationship with China, where we made history in 1973 by being the first Western orchestra to play there. Below are three photographs from that tour.