Plymouth Philharmonic celebrates centenary with a premiere—and more

Posted on: October 2, 2015

“The South Shore has at least four orchestras, but none as old as the Plymouth Philharmonic–which kicks off its 100th season with a celebration concert this weekend,” writes Jody Feinberg in Thursday’s 10/1) Patriot Ledger (Massachusetts). “ ‘One of the hardest things to do is to start an orchestra,’ said music director Steven Karidoyanes, who begins his 22nd year as the longest-serving conductor. ‘Even harder is to keep it going. To make it to 100 and beyond is very special, but you can’t rest on your laurels.’ … The orchestra has a ‘supersize’ centennial, Karidoyanes said. It starts with Hooray for One Hundred! on October 3, featuring a premiere of ‘Dreamtime Ancestors,’ by Christopher Theofanidis. Commissioned by New Music for America, the piece will be performed in every state in the country over two years.… The program also includes a Beethoven fanfare, Leonore Overture No. 3, and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Marina Lomazov.… ‘Excellent concerts are not enough,’ he said. ‘We have to be excellent between concerts. We are in service to the community and to the music. If we can serve both we will always be around.’ ”

Posted October 2, 2015