A busy intermission at the Philly POPS: a wedding of two violinists

Posted on: October 14, 2015

“What do two violinists do when they want to get married but have to perform at a concert?” asks David Chang on Saturday (10/10) at the website of NBC10.com (Philadelphia).” For Rachael Mathey and Michael Ludwig, the answer was both, thanks to Mayor Nutter and the Philly POPS.” Just before intermission of the orchestra’s Sinatra: A Centennial Celebration concert at the Kimmel Center, Mathey, a violinist in the Philly POPS, went backstage and “changed into her wedding gown, with the help of her mother, and then walked down the center of the stage with her father toward her groom,” Philly POPS Concertmaster Michael Ludwig. “Around 2,000 people in the audience and 65 members of the Philly POPS orchestra watched the special ceremony…. Maestro Michael Krajewski … served as the ring bearer while Mayor Michael Nutter performed the ceremony. After both saying, ‘I Do,’ the newlyweds left the stage as the orchestra played Mendelssohn’s ‘Wedding March.’ Ever the professionals, the couple returned to the concert after intermission and Rachael performed with the orchestra in her wedding gown.” In an article on Tuesday (10/13) at New York classical radio station WQXR, Fred Plotkin writes about a recent wedding that included the world premiere of an opera.

Posted October 14, 2015