Tuesday, January 08, 2002

Philharmonia Fervor

While NYNMA's CyberSuds rocked at Bliss, NYSIA's ASP Sig slammed at Holland & Knight and the Thunderbird Global Business Forum informed and entertained at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (woo woo), I ducked out from all technology obligations and sat through a delightful all-Rachmaninov evening at Avery Fisher Hall on Tuesday, January 8. This evening hall visitors were privy to the Philharmonia Orchestra of London's subtle nuances and dramatic emphases of quiet romantic pieces and dramatic statement scores. Conducted by Vladimir Askenazy, the evening also featured pianist Stephan Hough.
Afterwards, a select group of patrons and musicians were invited into the lovely home of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London's Fund president, Olga Geroulanos and her fiancé for an extraordinary reception. As gracious hostess, she introduced guests to each other. I had the chance to meet the Philharmonia Orchestra's president and some noted musicians like first violinist and concert master James Clark, first violinist Miranda Dale and Horn-player Cormac O'hAdodain.

The Veuve-Cliquot was flowing and as they evening rounded up, guests left satiated with rosy cheeks and warm spirits into the temperate January evening. Do stop by and see when this spectacular orchestra will be performing near you! http://www.philharmonia.co.uk