In The City Of Brotherly Love, A Budding Romance Turned Into Real Life Fairy Tale

The Philadelphia International Music Festival takes a moment to recap the wonderful love story that bud from a summer festival for two former students.
Feb. 4, 2013 - PRLog -- If you have ever been on the campus of Bryn Mawr College, you know that its stunning medieval architecture and sprawling estate-like grounds are the perfect setting for a real-life, happy-ever-after, knight in shining armor, fairy tale! Eleven years ago, this picturesque location lead to a first date and true love for two young classical musicians, Madison Marcucci, a beautiful 14-year-old violinist from New Jersey and Robert Eugene Day, III, a handsome young cellist from Philadelphia, were attending a summer music festival at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

Marcucci and Day grew together and in time would both go on to win the prized Bach Double competition at PIMF while performing together, on-stage at the Mann Music Center with Philadelphia Orchestra members. Last summer the 12-year students experienced the opportunity of a lifetime; these two classical music enthusiasts were joined together in holy matrimony on June 23rd, 2012, on the seventh anniversary of their first date in Thomas Great Hall, where they often performed together while attending the festival.

Marcucci is on track to become a celebrated classical musician in the Philadelphia region, she is a graduated from Julliard, and has performed with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra since her early childhood.  In addition, Day, a graduate from Princeton University where he performed with the school's orchestra for four years has studied with Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist Gloria dePasquale since childhood.

To make their day even more romantic and unique, Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cristian Macelaru (, conducted the beautiful music at the wedding ceremony. And to the bride’s surprise, Principal Second Violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Kimberly Fisher, performed at the ceremony as well. Marcucci has been one of Fisher’s prize students since the tender age of nine.  Fisher serves as Artistic Director at PIMF ( The orchestra that performed at the ceremony consisted of young musicians from the prestigious Philadelphia International Music Festival program.

“Having Cristian Macelaru conducting the music for your wedding is a dream come true for any bride, however it was a complete surprise when Kimberly started to play, it immediately brought tears of joy to my eyes knowing that this woman who has been in my life for so long cared enough about me, a student, to participate in the happiest day of my life,” Madison cannot retell the story with dry eyes.

“We were honored when my daughter asked have her wedding at the Festival where she and Robert met. The Festival has been their home for more than a decade and a large part of our family,” said Sandra Marcucci, one of the Festival’s founders.  “The couple’s musical history together is touching, they have an extraordinary Philadelphia love story that they now can share with the world.”

The Philadelphia International Music Festival hosts three study and performance programs per year for musicians aged eight through college.  These one- and two-week programs take place in Bryn Mawr, PA; Miami, FL; and Groznjan, Croatia.  Sessions feature members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

PIMF began as a 40-student program founded in the home CEO Sandra Marcucci.  It has grown in 15 years to include three camp programs in two states and two countries, with more than 300 young musicians attending programs over the course of 2012 alone.


The Philadelphia International Music Festival is a series of music programs offering students of all ages and skill levels in the U.S. and abroad the unique opportunity of spending 14 days immersed in classical music education and performance with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Festival highlights include private lessons, daily orchestra and chamber music rehearsals, music education courses, solo performance and competition opportunities, recitals, and master classes featuring principal players and other members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The summer music program includes full symphonic repertoire and is conducted on the exquisite, estate-like grounds of Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. PIMF is sponsored in part by The Cunningham Piano Company.

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