nézet-séguin to the met

Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Photograph: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

It’s been an open secret (or at least a pervasive rumor) that Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin would be the next music director of the Metropolitan Opera, and today it was made official. Here are the opening salvo of articles, updated as they come in for the next day or so.


william depasquale 1933-2012

JEAN BRUBAKER / Philadelphia Orchestra

On April 8th the world lost one of the great orchestral violinists, former Philadephia first violinist William DePasquale. He held many title positions in his years with the orchestra, often filling in at the last minute for some of the most difficult concertmaster solos in the repertoire. He was a thoroughly old school player in the best sense. His timing and musicianship were impeccable. But he also seemed to keep up with what the ‘kids’ were doing – playing with a cleaner, less affected style than perhaps some of his compatriots might have done. I studied with one of his brothers, Joseph, for a short time, and had the opportunity to hear William play both with and in front of the orchestra a fair amount (at that point concertmaster Norman Carol was having quite a few health problems), and he never failed to impress. He was a class act, and he will be missed.

Obituary from Philadelphia Inquirer.

sancho rules!

Was trolling YouTube for cool classical performances (no, that’s NOT an oxymoron!), and found a hidden jewel: a 2004 Philadelphia Orchestra performance of Strauss’ Don Quixote with Yo-Yo Ma as the famous man from La Mancha, and my former teacher Roberto Diaz as his faithful sidekick, Sancho Panza. Not surprisingly, they both kick major ass. This is the excerpt that has the most major of the several viola solos in the piece, wherein there is a dialogue between the Knight and his Squire.