Names in the News
It's official. Allison Vulgamore, as rumored last week, is taking over as President and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Initially, she has a two-year contract with a group that she describes as "fiscally more challenging than I've seen any orchestra be."
Vulgamore, who comes to Philadelphia after a glowing 17-year term with the Atlanta Symphony, was for five years in the 1980s Artistic Administrator and General Manager of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Earlier this week, it was announced that James Levine is cancelling all of his upcoming performances to undergo immediate surgery for a herniated disk. This affected not only performances of the Metropolitan Opera's controversial new "Tosca" and the upcoming "Der Rosenkavalier" revival (Edo de Waart is jumping in for that one), but, even more significantly, opening night at Carnegie Hall tonight with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The question of a substitute was complicated by the fact that the program, which the BSO played for its home opener last week, includes a new work by John Williams, written for the orchestra's long-time and now retiring principal harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, which a substitute would have to learn at extremely short notice for a high-profile outing. Daniele Gatti has now taken it on.
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This scenario isn't altogether unfamiliar: two years ago Dorothea Röschmann, the soprano, appeared at Carnegie's opening as a last-minute replacement for Thomas Quasthoff. That performance was being televised; I'm not sure this one is. Washington residents are already familiar with part of the program, at least, since Evgeny Kissin already played the Chopin 2nd concerto with the NSO for the orchestra's opening gala at the Kennedy Center on Saturday night.
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