The Orchestra’s C. Hartman Kuhn Award was presented on May 12 to violinist Philip Kates onstage in Verizon Hall. Board Chairman Richard B. Worley presented the Award, saying, “This year’s recipient is an extraordinary citizen of our Orchestra, a first-rate musician who performs at the highest level. And he contributes in equal measure off the stage, serving the music and our organization with great commitment and loyalty.” He went on to describe the numerous ways Kates is selflessly dedicated to the organization and to music itself, including visits to schools, hospitals, and in particular one trip he made to Sichuan Province in China one month after a devastating earthquake, bringing music to children and recovering victims.
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 three musicians who are retiring at the end of the 2015-16 season: bass player Henry Scott, violinist Yumi Ninomiya Scott, and piccolo player Kazuo Tokito. Caroline B Rogers, president of the Volunteer Committees, recognized Associate Principal Second Violin Paul Roby, Associate Principal Oboe Peter Smith, and stagehand James Sweeney for their 25 years of service to the Orchestra.