May 4, 2013 |
Beethoven's cello sonatas are not often done as a complete, chronological cycle: They run too long for a single concert, but not long enough to fill two concerts without adding some of the composer's non-sonata cello works, diluting the sense of progression in his musical thought. When performed in close to optimum, single-concert circumstances by cellist Efe Baltacigil and pianist Benjamin Hochman on Thursday at the American Philosophical Society, the sonatas came off as a motley collection - verbose in the early works, oblique in the later ones, and with a clear-cut masterpiece in the middle, the Cello Sonata No. 3 (Op. 69 )
May 3, 2013
Janos Starker, 88, a Hungarian-born master of the cello who emerged from the devastation of World War II to become one of the most powerful instrumentalists of his generation, died Sunday at a hospice in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana University, where Mr. Starker taught for more than five decades, announced his death but did not disclose the cause. For decades, he was one of the most sought-after cellists in the world. He was venerated as a soloist and particularly as an interpreter of Bach, for which he received a Grammy in 1997.
December 16, 2012 |
This was no running with the bulls in Pamplona, but for dozens of cello lovers, the chance to mingle - and play - with professional musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra on Saturday was a thrill all its own. The "cello play-in" filled the typically spare lobby of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with musicians of all ages and skill levels. Also on hand, of course, were their parents, grandparents and teachers, indeed anyone who loves the sound of a cello in classical, pop and holiday music.
December 3, 2012 |
WHEN YOU place the bow on your cello, do you ever dream of playing with the fabled Philadelphia Orchestra cello section? Well, now's your once-in-a-lifetime moment, open to beginners all the way to advanced musicians of all ages. A free cello play-in will give that opportunity for your dream, or that of some youngster you know, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, on Commonwealth Plaza inside the Kimmel Center. First visit philorch.org/cello, choose your level: advanced/professional (Cello 1)
May 12, 2012 |
The thought, sound, and rhythm of Khalil Munir's hour-long theatrical memoir, 1 pound 4 ounces, are delivered not just in well-considered words but in the taps on his shoes. Munir, a Philadelphian in his late 20s, uses those taps to accentuate his story. You can hear them running, or making a heartbeat, or shooting a gun. His show through Sunday at New Freedom Theatre is an evolving version of the one he takes to schools and community groups, directed here by veteran theater artist Johnnie Hobbs Jr. and beautifully complemented by the cello work and side-stage dialogue of musician Monica McIntyre.
February 10, 2012 |
JERSEY CITY is rolling out the welcome mat, or throwing some more peanut shells down on the barroom floor, for the "women" of the "Jersey Shore. " Jersey's second-largest city has issued producers a permit to film a spinoff of the "reality" series featuring Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley . Filming is expected to begin later this month. Hoboken last week denied the permit, citing safety and quality-of-life concerns for residents. Not sure what it says about the residents of Jersey City that Snooki doesn't bring down their quality of life.
November 11, 2011
STUDENT RECITALS have bad reputations for being hard on the ears. Lucky for Philadelphia, students at the Curtis Institute are far more accomplished than the average 10-year-old learning the saxophone. The Curtis Institute is one of the most selective music institutes in the world; it enrolls fewer than 200 new students a year. The school's alumni are a Who's Who of classical music: violinists Hilary Hahn and Leila Josefowicz, composer Samuel Barber, opera soprano Anna Moffo and conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, to name a few. At any Curtis student recital, you could witness a nascent superstar like Lang Lang.
April 15, 2011 |
Though works such as The Rite of Spring are a natural part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts' Parisian-themed landscape, the infrequently heard Debussy piece Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp is taking on a Zelig-like role, turning up in the background and exerting a subtle influence on its surroundings. The piece is the starting point of Network for New Music's Friday concert and was an inevitability for Dolce Suono Ensemble's Wednesday performance at First Unitarian Church.
February 21, 2011 |
Wilbur E. Wamsley, 57, an expert craftsman who restored rare violins, violas, and cellos in his Haddonfield shop, died of cancer Saturday, Feb. 12, at his home in Cherry Hill. He started his business in his basement in 1991 and developed a reputation for skillfully patching splits, cracks, and gouges and mixing pigments and resins to create a varnish that looked centuries old. Mr. Wamsley, who had a black belt in karate, told The Inquirer in 1991 that in violin repair - as in the martial arts - concentration and contemplation are essential.
September 12, 2010 |
Clifford Roberts, 57, a master craftsman who created beautiful violins, violas, and cellos, died Monday, Sept. 6, at his home in Bella Vista from a rare neuromuscular disorder. Mr. Roberts' instruments are owned by members of the Juilliard and Mendelssohn String Quartets, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and several other ensembles. Soon after he joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1990, John Koen bought a cello from Mr. Roberts. When Koen played it for a former teacher of his at the Curtis Institute of Music, David Soyer, "he approved because it was loud, and David liked loud," Koen said.