Michael Tilson Thomas returns to conduct Tchaikovsy’s “Pathétique” Symphony.
A highlight of the end of the Orchestra’s subscription season is the annual ceremony awarding one musician the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, and recognizing musicians who have served in the Orchestra for 25 years or are retiring.
On May 3 the Kuhn Award was presented to Principal Second Violin Kimberly Fisher onstage in Verizon Hall at the start of the concert. Board Chairman Richard B. Worley presented the Award, describing how Fisher is dedication to the organization and to music itself.
The Kuhn Award, established in 1941 and named for a charter member of the Board of Directors, is given annually to “the member of The Philadelphia Orchestra who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and the reputation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.” The awardee is chosen by the music director.
At the same ceremony, Worley acknowledged flutist Loren Lind, who is retiring at the end of the 2016-17 season. Lisa Yakulis, president of the Volunteer Committees, recognized contrabassoonist Holly Blake, Kim Fisher, trumpet player Robert Earley, and violist Anna Marie Ahn Petersen for their 25 years of service to the Orchestra.
Photo by Pete Checchia