The Inquirer‘s music critic, Peter Dobrin, reports in Sunday’s paper that the Philadelphia Orchestra’s newly unveiled strategic plan offers a lot of wiggle room for future invitations to visiting artists and different kinds of music repertoire and concert formats. What neither Dobrin nor Orchestra president, Allison Vulgamore mention is that the Philly Pops is being cut off from the organization and, possibly, permanently demoored.
However, the long-time music director of the Pops, Peter Nero, has vowed to “not go down without a fight.” So, for his recent birthday celebration, he and a few of his longest-serving musicians had a strategic session of their own. The Orchestra had not scheduled anything for the Pops for the fall/winter season, so they were in administrative limbo. They decided to plan, market, and perform on their own.
What kind of a venue do they need? Amplification and a stage that can accommodate 61 musicians, including Nero’s grand piano.
The breaking news is that Nero has already secured funds and the space for its first concert without the Orchestra. It will be on Sunday, July 3rd, at 7 pm at Independence Hall. It’s being underwritten, so it’s free to the public. You’re the first to know.