Nézet-Séguin surprises Philadelphia Orchestra fans, talks finances

Posted on: September 11, 2012

In Tuesday’s (9/11) Philadelphia Inquirer, Peter Dobrin writes, “The publisher doesn’t toss the morning paper onto your lawn, nor does the airline pilot walk down the aisle asking for your choice of beverage. So when the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra popped up unannounced at the Kimmel Center box office Monday as season single tickets went on sale, the patron on the other side of the window was startled. And charmed. ‘He’s a nice, young, exuberant and lovely person to represent the orchestra,’ Carolyn Platt of Abington said of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who this season becomes the orchestra’s eighth music director. ‘I think he’s a very good choice for us.’ … Nézet-Séguin, 37, takes the helm on opening night Oct. 18, but Monday the orchestra took advantage of his Montreal-to-Rotterdam travel with a brief Philadelphia stopover to sell … tickets, and to weigh in on the nonmusical part of his job: raising money. The orchestra brought area donors to the Kimmel’s Perelman Theater on Monday morning to hear a synopsis of its recent travels and travails (a residency in China, a trip to bankruptcy court) and plans for the future.”

Posted September 11, 2012