The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia has announced auditions for adult amateur musicians to participate in its Side-by-Side program, in which amateurs perform alongside BPCO musicians. Auditions will take place on November 4 through 7 at the orchestra’s offices on Greene Street in Philadelphia. Up to 40 amateur instrumentalists over the age of 23 will be accepted; music teachers from area schools are encouraged to audition, but full-time music students are not eligible to participate. The program entails regular rehearsals and will culminate on June 21, 2014—National Music Day—with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, led by Jeri Lynne Johnson, BPCO’s founder and music director. For more information about the orchestra or to audition, visit the BPCO website. The Side-by-Side program is funded by the Knight Foundation. The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2007, with the goal of increasing diversity in classical music.
Posted October 29, 2013