(Macao, June 9, 2013) - A trio representing The Philadelphia Orchestra performed a short concert Sunday afternoon at the Dom Pedro V Theatre, part of the renowned orchestra's series of Macao events, which included full-orchestra concerts Saturday and Sunday night at the Venetian Theatre, sponsored by Hennessy. The free performance at the Dom Pedro V Theatre was made possible as a result of the platinum-tiered sponsorship of The Venetian® Macao for the Orchestra's residency and commemorative tour of China, and was supported by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government.
"The Venetian Macao is proud to be Platinum Sponsor for The Philadelphia Orchestra 2013 Residency and Fortieth Anniversary Tour of China - Macao. Inviting them to perform at the Venetian Theatre is in line with our commitment to organise and support cultural events for the wider Macao community," said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. "Besides the main event, we always try to include special activities to benefit the community at large, especially those less fortunate. The free concert arranged at the Dom Pedro V Theatre is just one example of that."
First violinist Richard Amoroso was joined by Glenn Fischbach on cello and Burchard Tang on the viola for the Sunday afternoon performance. The selection played included excerpts from the following pieces: Serenade in C Major, Op. 10 by Ernő Dohnányi; Eight Pieces, Op. 39 by Reinhold Glière; Passacaglia for Violin and Viola by Johan Halvorsen; Intermezzo for String Trio by Zoltán Kodály; and String Trio No. 2 in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The appreciative audience filled the theatre with several rounds of applause throughout the performance.
The afternoon performance was free and open to the general public, with an especial effort made to invite teachers and students from the Macao Conservatory School of Music and musicians from the Macao Orchestra.
About the performers:
Violinist Richard Amoroso joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1998 after serving as a member of Concerto Soloists (now Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia), Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and as a substitute violinist with the Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the North Penn Symphony, and in a trio recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. He returned to Carnegie in 2004 to perform a solo recital.
Glenn Fischbach, cello, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Orlando Cole and William Stokking. He performs regularly as a substitute musician with The Philadelphia Orchestra and is on the faculty of Temple University's Music Preparatory Division. He is a member of the Belmonte Trio with his wife, violinist Jennifer K. Lee, and pianist Robert Durso.
A native of Maryland, Burchard Tang joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in September 1999. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in May 1999 from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Joseph de Pasquale, retired Philadelphia Orchestra principal viola, and Choong-Jin Chang, the Orchestra's current principal viola. Tang has served as principal viola with the Curtis Symphony and the New York String Seminar, and has performed with the Brandenburg Ensemble.
About the Dom Pedro V Theatre:
Having spent over a century in active use by the Macao community, the Dom Pedro V Theatre is now an important historic building in the Historic Centre of Macao ensemble inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Theatre has survived as a witness to the bygone leisure and entertainment activities of the Macanese community and today remains a tremendously refined and distinctive performing venue for culture and arts, staying true to its traditional function and historic legacy. It stands as one of the most important and enduring testimonies to the development of Macao's performing arts.
Photo caption: A trio from The Philadelphia Orchestra performs at the Dom Pedro V Theatre Sunday. The Venetian Macao is Platinum Sponsor for the Orchestra's residency and commemorative 40th anniversary tour of China. The Philadelphia Orchestra performed full-orchestra concerts at The Venetian Theatre June 8 and 9.
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About The Philadelphia Orchestra
Renowned for its distinctive sound, beloved for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivalled legacy of "firsts" in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin became the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra beginning in the 2012-13 season and brings a vision that extends beyond symphonic music into the vivid world of opera and choral music. He follows an extraordinary history of artistic leaders in the Orchestra's 112 seasons, including music directors Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Christoph Eschenbach, and Charles Dutoit, who served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2012.
The Philadelphia Orchestra maintains a strong commitment to collaborations with cultural and community organizations on a regional and national level. Since Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore's arrival in 2010 The Philadelphia Orchestra has reinvigorated or launched new partnerships with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Live Arts (Fringe Festival), Philadanco, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Marian Anderson Award, the Ridge Theater Company, and stage director James Alexander, among others.
Philadelphia is home and the Orchestra nurtures an important relationship not only with patrons who support the main season at the Kimmel Center but also those who enjoy the Orchestra's other area performances at the Mann Center, Penn's Landing, and other venues. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association also continues to own the Academy of Music, a National Historic Landmark.
Through concerts, tours, residencies, presentations, and recordings, the Orchestra is a global ambassador for Philadelphia and for the U.S. Having been the first American orchestra to perform in China, in 1973 at the request of President Nixon, today The Philadelphia Orchestra boasts a new partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The Orchestra annually performs at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center while also enjoying a three-week residency in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and a strong partnership with the Bravo! Vail festival.
The ensemble recently joined with SpectiCast to deliver simulcasts of Orchestra concerts into theatres, schools, and performing arts centres. The Orchestra also recently announced a partnership with WRTI (90.1 FM) to broadcast pre-recorded versions of its subscription concerts from February through May 2013. The ensemble maintains an important Philadelphia tradition of presenting educational programs for students of all ages. Today the Orchestra executes a myriad of education and community partnership programs serving nearly 50,000 annually, including its Neighborhood Concert Series, Sound All Around and Family Concerts, and eZseatU. In February 2013 the Orchestra announced a recording project with Deutsche Grammophon, in which Yannick and the ensemble will record Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.