From Yannick to the Black Watch: Nine music programs I wouldn’t miss

By Tom Purdom

This is the time of year when all good little music lovers open their mail to see what Philadelphia’s music organizations have decided to perform this season. Here are a few items from my mail that sparked some extra interest from a music devotee with highly personal tastes.[…]

The Fall of the Berlin Wall. The Second Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will be based on a “time machine” theme, with all the events related to historical happenings. On May 12, 2013, the time machine travels to December 25, 1989, the day Leonard Bernstein marked the fall of the Berlin Wall with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, in Berlin, that substituted Freiheit (freedom) for Freuden. Ignat Solzhenitsyn will conduct a special performance of the Ninth, featuring the Mendelssohn Club and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

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