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Simone Dinnerstein to play with brand new Pennsylvania Philharmonic / Philly.com interview

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With more orchestras declining than thriving, classical music audiences can be forgiven for thinking the brand new Pennsylvania Philharmonic is a mirage.

Only 10 months after it entered the talking stage, the ensemble makes its debut Saturday in a splashy Ravel/Gershwin program with star pianist Simone Dinnerstein at Pottstown High School, then fans out to West Chester, York, Bethlehem, and beyond - places that can't always support a professional group.

"All the ducks have lined up so quickly. . . . Orchestras usually plan at least two years in advance," said Michael Butterman, the ensemble's recently hired music director.

"I think it's fabulous," Dinnerstein said. "I have such admiration for someone with the chutzpah to start an orchestra. It's not just educating children, but people who are my age, in their 30s and 40s, who stopped going to concerts." READ THE FULL Philly.com INTERVIEW.