In Thursday’s (3/24) Plymouth Observer (Plymouth, Michigan), Matt Jachman reports, “The Plymouth Symphony Orchestra is now the Michigan Philharmonic, a name orchestra officials say reflects its increased professionalism and broadening reach. The name change was announced, along with several new concert dates, late Wednesday afternoon during a wine-and-cheese event at the Plymouth Community Arts Council building, the orchestra’s headquarters. ‘We’re on the move and I think we’re off to bigger and better things,’ said Don Soenen, president of the Michigan Philharmonic’s board of directors. ‘This is a major chapter, I think, in the 66 years this orchestra has been in place.’ … Soenen attributed much of what he called the Philharmonic’s greater professionalism to the arrival of Nan Washburn, the conductor and music director. Washburn, in her 12th season, said she was thrilled with the changes, and thanked those involved with the orchestra. … The Michigan Philharmonic added four dates to this season, starting with a Friday, May 6, concert at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton Township. The show will feature the music of Bollywood, the nickname for India’s movie industry.”

Posted March 24, 2011