My first grade teacher had a sweet smile and perfect penmanship. On my very first report card, she neatly noted, "Kim always plays nicely with others." (Judging from the "somewhat satisfactory" math grade I received, it's possible I "played nicely" a little too often!)
Many years later, I realize the simple phrase applies to our musicians. We cheer and applaud when they "play nicely" together. And, I can assure you, our musicians play their hearts out each and every time they take the Phil stage.
While they are too polite to name-drop or brag about their accomplishments--I am not. Our musicians have played their way through the best music schools in the country: Berklee, Eastman, Longy, Oberlin, the New England Conservatory...
Every day, these professional men and women cross genres and borders, bringing classical, pop, jazz, and big band sounds from Beantown to Capetown. They share the stage with Bocelli and Bell, Pavarotti and Perlman, Aretha and Aerosmith. They write books. They write symphonies! They record music that garners Grammy nods and Grammy awards. They also "play it forward," teaching young musicians for the next generation. For us, they are the heart and soul of our organization.
~Kim Corben, Executive Director Plymouth Philharmonic
The latest news and updates from our Phil musicians
Kyle Spraker recently scored work--and a trumpet solo--on the soundtrack of the movie The Tenants Downstairs. The film, earning acclaim for its gorgeous and unsettling soundtrack, premiered in Taiwan, and working its way around the globe. Kyle also crossed over into video games, playing on a track of Final Fantasy XV.
Radius Ensemble's go-to guest artist is Mary Cicconetti, oboe. This is her second guest artist gig with the group, voted "Boston's Best Classical Ensemble" by The Improper Bostonian in 2016.
The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra recorded Tom Hojnacki's first symphony, now available on Albany records. The Claflin Hill Symphony premiered the pianist/composer's second symphony during an evening of his works in 2015.
Chris Beaudry performed on a number of recordings for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. One of them, Play by Andrew Norman, received a Grammy nomination in 2016.
Eli Speirs has led jazz combos from Beantown to Capetown. Recently, she toured South Korea and appeared in a live television broadcast.
Kenneth Allen's chamber group, Trio Notturno has commissioned several works to increase the repertoire for flute, viola, and harp. They will premiere a new nocturne by Andy Vores in May 2017.
Elisabeth Axtell is an historic instrument specialist and is currently performing on natural horn and authentic, early-valved instruments.
Last year, Marina Krickler played with Andrea Bocelli at the TD Garden Center, Boston.
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