June 2012

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June 28, 2012

Barnes Prequel On The Parkway: The Unbuilt Temple Of Music

"Temple of Music," 1932 artist's rendering. Courtesy of Athenaeum of Philadelphia

With a booming economy about to go into free fall, a monumental new building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is proposed for an important Philadelphia cultural institution, requiring a contentious move from the institution’s beloved long time home. The high profile project has the support of many, though not all, of Philadelphia’s cultural and civic leaders.

June 25, 2012

A Great Success

We’re thrilled to report that this weekend’s Stokowski Celebration Concerts were a big hit! Thanks to all who attended for making these performances so enjoyable, and especially to those who let us know how much fun they had. Here are a few comments posted on our Facebook page in reaction to the weekend performances:

 

“I am still flying with joy from the concert.”

“The lighting for the Stokowski shows has been beautiful. Congratulations to the Maestro, his players, the experts behind the scenes, and the enitre business organization for a successful run.”

June 15, 2012

Another Sneak Peek

Given that Wagner’s “The Ride of The Valkyries” was a top selection during our Audience Choice vote we felt it would only be appropriate to share a couple of stunning images that James Alexander and his team have created especially for this work, which the Orchestra performs next Saturday evening.

Brünnhilde materializes out of the vapors and appears inside the Academy of Music.

June 13, 2012

Bringing It All Together

Welcome to the final blog post in this behind-the-scenes video series on the Stokowski Celebration Concerts in the Academy. I'd like to offer you some reflections on our final preparations as well as insights into what you can expect when you attend this special concert series.

Allow me to tempt you to purchase your tickets now (if you haven’t already done so):

You, the audience, chose a great program for the Audience Choice Concert on June 23!

The screen is ready to show selections from Disney’s Fantasia!

June 11, 2012

Inviting the Maestro

In my penultimate blog post for the June Stokowski Celebration Concerts, I share some of my ideas around inviting Leopold Stokowski himself to join us for these performances in the Academy of Music. My aim is to allow today’s audiences to hear some words of wisdom from the old Maestro. I want to share with you how, by inviting Stokowski to join us and literally pass the baton to the Orchestra’s new maestro, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, I convinced the Academy to give up one of its most famous ghosts!

June 08, 2012

Some Digital Renderings

We met today with James Alexander and Clark Productions, the stage director and team that are creating the incredible visual experience around our June Stokowski Celebration Concerts in the Academy. James and his team showed us some digital renderings projected onto a detailed scale model of the Academy of Music’s interior—take a look:

 

June 07, 2012

Day 10 - Shanghai

6/6/12, Shanghai, China: A view of Shanghai from the air. A small group of musicians and staff traveled ahead of the rest of the Orchestra for an afternoon Drexel University event. Photo by Chris Lee  
June 07, 2012

In the Hall, on the Radio

Stokowski wanted to control and perfect every aspect of how his orchestra sounded, live and over the airwaves. Stokowski had an experimental device created that allowed him to both conduct the orchestra and control the volume levels of the broadcast at the same time. This cartoon, which ran in the Philadelphia Public Ledger on December 28, 1930, depicts Stokowski’s multi-tasking talents as conductor and engineer.

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