Category Archives: orchestra

Philadelphia All-City Orchestra to be conducted by Yannick!

Posted by Elizabeth Devereux

This weekend high school musicians from across the Philadelphia region who are playing in All-City Orchestra will rehearse with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s new music director, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, who’s proven somewhat of a sensation to Philadelphia audiences, full of energy and verve enough to get even Philadelphia Orchestra audience members excited about their new orchestra conductor.  All-City Orchestra will rehearse portions of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, which seems to be a perfect match for Yannick’s vivacity.  This weekend’s rehearsal is in preparation for the All-City Orchestra Concert on March 4th, 2013, which Yannick will also conduct.

Lucky high-schoolers, enjoy!


This weekend’s rehearsal comes days after Yannick’s appearance at Monday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert, at which the Philadelphia Orchestra was joined by the All-City Choir, Jeri Lynne Johnson of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, violinist Elena Urioste, and narrator Charlotte Blake Alston.

I love hearing about a city’s music director performing outside of the Kimmel Center and Center City, and conducting the city’s young, talented musicians!  It’s the cynic in me that even has this thought: I hope Yannick’s community involvement this year isn’t just honeymoon behavior but is here to stay…


Happy Birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven!


Posted by Elizabeth Devereux





One of my most memorable experiences so far as a violin teacher is the first time I played Beethoven for a classroom full of 3-6 year-olds.  It was in my first year of teaching private violin lessons full-time, and I taught one Suzuki group class of beginner violinists.  Each month I chose a composer whose birthday fell in that month to celebrate; we would listen to their music, read about them, and share what we thought of them and their music.  My goal was to get these young violinists to care about what they heard, not necessarily to get them to like what they heard.  Beethoven, though, made it easy for them to both care about and like the music.

Beethoven was born on either the 15th or 16th of this month in the year 1770.  On the first Thursday…

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Play On Philly! and El Sistema in Philadelphia

Posted by Elizabeth Devereux

There are exciting seeds of change being planted in West Philadelphia at Play On, Philly!, an after-school music program at the St. Francis de Sales School. Last week, Play On, Philly!’s Executive Director Stanford Thompson was a guest on WHYY’s Radio Times, along with author Tricia Tunstall and documentarian Jamie Bernstein.

CLICK HERE to listen to the radio broadcast.

[FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Teaching Artist with Play On, Philly!  I feel very lucky to be part of such a dynamic program and am so proud of the hard work and dedication that the students show day after day.]

MUSICOPIA String Orchestra Concert, THIS Saturday, Jan. 28th @ 5pm!

Posted by Elizabeth Devereux

Come see some of Philadelphia’s young musicians in action playing an exciting program, including Mozart’s “Little G Minor” Symphony No. 25, Bartok, Mayer, Barber, and a fun fiddle tune called Blue Fire Fiddler!

WHEN? Saturday, January 28th @ 5:00pm

WHERE? Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA


Words from Martin Luther King, Jr. with accompanying music

Posted by Elizabeth Devereux

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the truth with the false and the false with the true.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

TOMORROW 3PM! South Jersey’s talented young musicians perform @ Rowan University

Posted by Elizabeth Devereux

Don’t miss the chance to see South Jersey’s Junior Regional and Senior Regional Orchestras perform at Rowan University’s Wilson Hall this Sunday, January 8th @ 3pm.


South Jersey packs a lot of talent into their young musicians!

Check out Dudamel, Herbie Hancock, and the LA Phil TONIGHT on PBS!

Posted by Elizabeth Devereux

Click here to find out more about tonight’s program about the LA Phil’s concert celebrating George Gershwin.