ASTRAL & THE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF PHILADELPHIA LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP
PHILADELPHIA, PA, February 8, 2017 — Astral and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (COP) are pleased to announce a new partnership between their esteemed Philadelphia institutions. Starting in the 2017/2018 season, COP will annually feature an Astral Spotlight Artist as soloist on their regular series program at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. With Astral’s mission as an early career incubator for rising-star classical musicians and the COP’s long history of, and ongoing interest in, presenting young, up-and-coming soloists as a key component of its regular season, this partnership represents a natural and strategic alignment of goals for both institutions. The partnership also marks a concerted effort to expand Philadelphia’s musical footprint and exposure of its wealth of musical talent in the local, national, and international musical community.
“Given the shared goals of our institutions, the prospect of collaboration and the benefits of such a partnership on both sides were immediately apparent.” COP Executive Director, Bill Rhoads, observed. “We’re excited to work together with Astral to discover and support the immense level of musical talent connected to this city.”
Astral’s Executive Director, Julia Rubio, says, “We are thrilled to collaborate with such a respected chamber orchestra and music director. This is a wonderful opportunity for our outstanding artists that also establishes an important long-term and creative partnership between our organizations. We both share a common interest in providing leadership and vision for Philadelphia’s classical music community.”