(Macao, June 8, 2013) -Two members of The Philadelphia Orchestra - Cristian Măcelaru and Ryan Fleur - joined Julie Hawkins of Drexel University to lecture on "Engaging Excellence in the World of Music" Saturday afternoon at the Macao Conservatory, in front of an attentive audience of musicians. The Venetian® Macao is Platinum Sponsor for The Philadelphia Orchestra 2013 Residency and Fortieth Anniversary Tour of China - Macao. Full support was received from the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government in organising the lectures for the Macao community. The lecture 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.
"We have a long-standing commitment to organise and support events for the benefit of the Macao community," said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. "The Venetian Macao is proud to be Platinum Sponsor for the residency and commemorative 40th anniversary tour and pleased to have The Philadelphia Orchestra represented en masse in Macao for the first time; the Orchestra's visit will have a positive impact on the community. This particular lecture aims to help develop and inspire local musicians by exposing them to professionals in their field. And who better to learn from than those at the forefront of the music world?"
Members of the Music Association, the Macau Orchestra, the Macau Chinese Orchestra, and students of the Macao Conservatory were invited to attend the free lecture Saturday afternoon, presented by Cristian Măcelaru, Associate Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra; Ryan Fleur, Executive Vice President for Orchestra Advancement of The Philadelphia Orchestra; and Julie Hawkins, Drexel University Program Director and Assistant Professor of Arts Administration.
The lecture focused on the following topics:
• The 21st Century Orchestra: Building Excellence and Leadership in Artistry, Administration, and Engagement
• Making Great Music Together: Orchestras as Educators, Ambassadors, and Civic Leaders
• Balancing the Baton: Challenges and Opportunities in the Modern Orchestra
About the lecturers:
A strong supporter of music education, Cristian Măcelaru has served as a conductor with the Houston Youth Symphony, where he created a successful chamber music programme. As the founder and artistic director of the Crisalis Music Project, he spearheaded a programme in which young musicians perform in a variety of settings, side by side with established, renowned artists. Măcelaru began studying violin at the age of 6 in his native Romania.
Ryan Fleur was trained as a pianist. He has a BA from Boston University where he studied economics, business, and finance. In 1998, Fleur was appointed Executive Director of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, one of four professional cooperative orchestras in the United States. He led the orchestra through an international conductor search, an extensive planning process, and a revitalisation of the governing board, while establishing strong programmes in education and community engagement.
Julie Hawkins joined Drexel University as Program Director and Assistant Professor of Arts Administration after serving as Executive Vice President for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Her notable advocacy wins include the creation of arts platforms by Mayoral and Gubernatorial candidates, and the restoration of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy. She also led ground-breaking research projects including the creation of Portfolio, a comprehensive report on the depth, breadth, and health of non-profit cultural organisations.
The lecture is one of three community events the Orchestra is participating in as part of The Philadelphia Orchestra 2013 Residency and Fortieth Anniversary Tour of China - Macao. The full Orchestra performed Saturday evening at the Venetian Theatre and is scheduled to perform once more on June 9, with both shows sponsored by Hennessy.
Photo caption:(Right) Cristian Măcelaru, Associate Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra joined (Left) Ryan Fleur, Executive Vice President for Orchestra Advancement of The Philadelphia Orchestra; and Julie Hawkins, Drexel University Program Director and Assistant Professor of Arts Administration, to lecture on "Engaging Excellence in the World of Music" Saturday afternoon at the Macao Conservatory. The Venetian Macao is Platinum Sponsor for the Orchestra's residency and commemorative fortieth anniversary tour of China - Macao. The Philadelphia Orchestra performs 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. For more information on The Philadelphia Orchestra, please visit www.philorch.org