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Orchestra Members Take Listeners on Musical Journeys in the Community

October 24, 2013

Intercultural Journeys Presents “East Meets West” in November in Philadelphia

When Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Ohad Bar-David and his Intercultural Journeys present “East Meets West” at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square on Friday, November 8, at 7 PM, it will be one of many musical journeys on which Orchestra musicians take listeners as they traverse the city and beyond in various settings.

For the November concert, Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales joins Bar-David; Jiebing Chen, one of the world's foremost virtuosos on the erhu, a two-stringed traditional Chinese instrument; and Middle Eastern/Latin percussionist Hafez Kotain in a powerful quartet that made their debut in 2012 at Carnegie Hall.

Intercultural Journeys seeks to promote understanding in pursuit of peace among people of diverse faiths and conflicting cultures through dialogue and the presentation of world-class performances in music, dance, the spoken word, and other art forms. Intercultural Journeys has also partnered with the Orchestra during its residencies in China in 2012 and 2013.

On Friday, October 25, Concertmaster David Kim, who regularly performs as guest soloist with numerous local arts ensembles, appears with the Penn Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Brad Smith, in Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Following a rehearsal at the university, Kim told the Daily Pennsylvanian that the orchestra was “superb.” 

On Sunday, October 27, Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen performs with other Orchestra musicians in a concert presented by LiveConnections, which facilitates interactions between artists from a variety of genres and disciplines and engages audiences from school-age children to special needs populations to adults.

With Halloween right around the corner, the concert will include such holiday-themed pieces as Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane and Caplet’s The Masque of the Red Death. Performing with Elizabeth are Orchestra violinists Amy Oshiro-Morales and William Polk, violist Anna Marie Ahn Petersen, and Acting Associate Principal Cello Yumi Kendall.

The noon concert at World Café Live in Philadelphia also includes brunch and mimosas, which can enhance any journey.

Orchestra musicians past and present are members of 1807 & Friends, a chamber music group performing works spanning nearly three centuries. Their upcoming concert on Monday, November 25, at 7:30 PM, includes Vivaldi’s Trio in C minor, Benedetto Marcello’s Cello Sonata in G minor, Leclair’s Flute Sonata, Corelli’s Violin Sonata in D minor, and Telemann’s “Paris” Quartet in A major.

The details below provide information on how you can take musical adventures with these Orchestra members who play such vital roles in the creative life of the Philadelphia region.

For tickets or more information about the Intercultural Journeys concert, please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/476717.

General admission to the Penn Symphony Orchestra is $5 and free for PennCard holders. The concert is at Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia.

For tickets or more information about the LiveConnections concert, please visit http://www.liveconnections.org/component/eventlist/details/50-20131027.html?Itemid=102.

For tickets, subscriptions or more information about 1807 & Friends, please visit www.1807friends.org or call 215.438.4027 or 215.978.0969.