July 11, 1990 |
Unlike most graduation ceremonies, there were no caps, no gowns and no half-hour speeches. There were no marching bands, no cheers and no loud applause. Unlike the other 263 Rancocas Valley Regional High School students who received their diplomas during a three-hour ceremony on June 15, Toussaint Carter, Shane d'Entremont, James Harton, Mary Milich and Amy Tiver received their certificates and awards in a two-minute ceremony July 5 at Charley's Other Brother, a restaurant on Route 537 in Mount Holly.
May 30, 2002 |
A British chamber choir will make its American debut Sunday night at the First Presbyterian Church in Morrisville. The 30-voice Ripieno Choir will perform a concert of early English music, including madrigals and folk songs. The choir was founded in 1947 and takes its name from a term used in choral music four centuries ago to describe singers who were not soloists. The group often performs unaccompanied in a traditional English style. A freewill offering will be accepted.
June 1, 2012 |
MEMBERS of The Crossing, a Philadelphia professional chamber choir whose sound the New York Times has described as "lush" and "mesmerizing," sing a lot more than your typical Bach cantatas and oratorios. That's evident this weekend with the all-vocal "Hesperus is Phosphorus," the second concert in the group's fourth annual Month of Moderns series. The series fulfills conductor Donald Nally's initiative to commission new music for the group. This year's theme has been pieces related to or inspired by poetry; "Hesperus" draws from modern vespers.
November 9, 2001 |
Viktors Bastiks, 89, a composer of Latvian sacred music who worked in a factory to support himself, died Oct. 31 of a heart attack at his home in the West Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. Born in Skatre, Latvia, near the Baltic Sea port city of Liepaja, he had been a resident of West Mount Airy for many years. Mr. Bastiks was among the Baptist refugees who fled Latvia for England after World War II, when his native country was retaken by the Soviet Red Army from the Nazis.
November 9, 2012 |
Ann Stookey, 60, formerly of Chestnut Hill, an accomplished choral singer and floral designer, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Paris after a brain hemorrhage suffered while vacationing with her husband, retired Comcast Corp. executive Joe Waz. Waz said the illness was "right out of the blue. " The couple were traveling with friends through Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Italy, and France. On Oct. 25, Ms. Stookey was not feeling well during a walking tour of cinematic history sites and returned to their hotel for rest.
April 10, 1998 |
With this century ending soon, conductor Robert A. M. Ross is leading his chorus through a year of programs that show how earlier centuries rolled over. The ensemble has already sounded out Italy about 1600 and France and England about 1700. When Voces Novae et Antique, the professional chamber choir, sings tonight at Fleisher Art Memorial, it will be comparing music written about 1798 in Boston, Salzburg and in the Moravian heartland around Bethlehem, Lititz and Lancaster. Ross' composers will be William Billings and Justin Morgan from New England; Michael Haydn and Mozart from Salzburg; and Moravians Johannes Herbst, Simon Peter and Johann Christian Geisler.
December 2, 1997 |
The Philadelphia Singers have honed and burnished Handel's Messiah to reflect scholarly restraint and musical insight. The ensemble, which is celebrating its 25th year, performed the Christmas staple Sunday at the Academy of Music. The oratorio has had an intriguing history that, since 1742, has encompassed disdain, neglect, bowdlerization, over-reverent resurrection and finally a joyous recognition of the greatness of the music. Philadelphia Singers conductor David Hayes works from a score that relies on Handel's own score and parts, and he has trained his singers to use ornamentation sparingly - as Handel's soloists apparently did. Instrumentally, it is a work for strings with oboes, trumpets and bassoon injecting just the right stab of color and expressive turn.
November 8, 2001 |
A three-week forum titled "Faces of the Middle East" will begin Tuesday night at Paxson Hall of St. Paul's Church, East Oakland Avenue and Pine Street, Doylestown. Maswood Ghaznavi, a professor of political science at Rosemont College, will be the guest speaker. All are invited to the free, one-hour forum to share perspectives on the Middle East. On Nov. 20, Rachel Feinmesser, a consul of Israel and former deputy chief of mission for the Israel Embassy in Guatemala, will lead a discussion of the Jewish perspective.
April 2, 1999 |
The African Children's Choir will perform at 7 tonight at the Living Faith World Outreach Center, 910 S. High St., West Chester. The choir is made up of children ages 5 to 12, who are selected annually from among the thousands of orphans and disadvantaged youngsters in East Africa. The choir has toured in the United States and Europe for 14 years. In West Chester, the children will perform African tunes, traditional spiritual and gospel music, and popular songs, accompanied by African instruments.
December 5, 1997 |
Brian Atwood spends his days and many nights promoting the Philadelphia Orchestra, but every Tuesday evening, you'll find him rehearsing with the Choral Society of Montgomery County, another ensemble that the orchestra publicist never tires of praising. Atwood, who lives in North Wales, is one of 75 choristers with "a real love for the art" - and pride in their community chorus, which this weekend performs Handel's indispensable Messiah. Students, engineers, lawyers, music teachers, and employees of the Blue Bell-based Unisys sing in the Choral Society, which is owned and run by Montgomery County Community College and directed by MCCC conductor and concert director Judith Willoughby-Miller.