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Alan Abel 85th Birthday Concert

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Join PCMS in celebrating the 85th Birthday of Alan Abel, former Associate Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, in a program designed by principal timpanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra Don Liuzzi, members of the Fabulous Philadelphians, and the NEXUS Percussion Ensemble.

In collaboration with the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University

Featuring NEXUS Percussion Ensemble:

Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger, Garry Kvistad

Philadelphia Orchestra members:

Don Liuzzi, Christopher Deviney, Angela Zator Nelson & Anthony Orlando percussion; Hirono Oka, violin; Lisa-Beth Lambert, violin; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Yumi Kendall, cello

With Guest Artists:

Alan Abel, percussion/conductor; Pablo Batista, percussion; Rolando Morales-Matos, percussion; Phillip O'Banion, conductor; Natalie Zhu, piano

Wright: Grand Duo
Morales-Matos: Day and Night
Becker: Preludes
Hartenberger: Cadence
Becker: Mudra
Wright: Octet

NEXUS Percussion Ensemble

The first, entirely improvised NEXUS concert in 1971 marked the formation of a group that would touch and entertain people of all levels of musical learning, in all genres of percussion music. Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger and Garry Kvistad are virtuosos alone, and bring elements of their knowledge and character to a distinct.

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Alan Abel, percussion

Alan Abel

Alan Abel, former Associate Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, retired in 1997 after 38 years of service. He continues to perform as a substitute or as an extra percussionist. Mr. Abel attended the Eastman School of Music, where he was also a part-time member of the Rochester Philharmonic. After two years in the Empire.

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Christopher Deviney, percussion

Christopher Deviney became principal percussionist of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003. Prior to assuming this title, he was section percussionist in the Houston Symphony. He has also previously performed and recorded with the New Orleans Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. Before beginning his current tenure in Philadelphia, he was a substitute.

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Angela Zator Nelson, percussion

Angela Zator Nelson, associate principal timpani and section percussion, joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999 as the first female percussionist ever hired by the Orchestra.  A native of the Chicago area, Ms. Nelson graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Music where she studied with James Ross and Patricia Dash of the Chicago Symphony and with.

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Don Liuzzi, percussion

A native of Weymouth, Mass., Don Liuzzi joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as principal timpani in 1989. He was a percussionist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, taught at Duquesne University, and was assistant conductor of the Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra. He also performed marimba and percussion solos on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on PBS. He also performs with the DePue.

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Anthony Orlando, percussion

A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Anthony Orlando was appointed to The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1972 by Eugene Ormandy. Prior to his appointment, he was principal percussion and/or timpani with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the Opera Company of Philadelphia Orchestra, the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony, and the Trenton Symphony. Mr. Orlando began percussion.

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Hirono Oka, violin

Hirono Oka

Hirono Oka joined the first violin section of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1990. She made her first public appearance in her native Japan at the age of 11 with the Tokyo Symphony. After winning numerous competitions and awards in Japan, she came to the United States to continue her studies at the San Francisco Conservatory.

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Lisa-Beth Lambert, violin

Violinist Lisa-Beth Lambert has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2001, following six seasons with the National Symphony in Washington D.C. An active chamber musician, she has appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Kingston Music Festival, the Bravo! Vail festival, on Marlboro’s 50th-anniversary recording, and at the White House. She has also.

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Che-Hung Chen, viola

Violist Che-Hung Chen has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since the spring of 2001, when he was hired by then Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch, becoming the first Taiwanese citizen ever to join the Orchestra. He has also served as acting associate principal viola under former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach. Mr. Chen was the.

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Yumi Kendall, cello

Yumi Kendall joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2004 as assistant principal cello upon her graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music. While at Curtis she studied with the late David Soyer and Peter Wiley, both of the Guarneri Quartet. Ms. Kendall began studying cello at the age of five following the Suzuki method. She made.

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Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Address: 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

  The Perelman Theater is part of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, located on the southwest corner of Broad and Spruce Streets in Center City Philadelphia. The smaller of the two concert halls in the Kimmel Center, the Perelman Theater is a 627-seat auditorium with seating on the plaza, plaza tier, first balcony, and second balcony levels.…more info