Here’s one to warm the cockles of our hearts.
Don Liuzzi, principal timpanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has been conductor of the Philadelphia All-City Orchestra for the past ten years. The players are high school kids from poor areas of the city, mostly Latino and African-American.
Don is about to step down from the podium, handing over to assistant principal bass Joseph Conyers.
A friend tells us: ‘Don’s love for the program and the students has been a constant. To close out his 10-year tenure, Don raised the funds to take the orchestra on an all-paid week-long tour of Italy. Many of the students had never left the country before; some had never been out of the Philadelphia area. A few were unable to obtain passports and could not go. It has been a life-changing experience for many of them.’
Read Don’s travel journals here.