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November 5, 2007 | By Dan Webster FOR THE INQUIRER
As war and killing proliferate, so do the number of musical works written to protest and mourn that truth. It's a relatively modern trend; Britten's War Requiem began an era in which composers spoke out - and mainly through choral music. The Mendelssohn Club sang out against death and wars Saturday in an adventurous program at Girard College. Alan Harler conducted the chorus, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Bel Canto and Motet youth choruses in local premieres of James Primosch's Fire-Memory, River-Memory and John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls.
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April 30, 1990 | By Peter Dobrin, Special to the Inquirer
Singing City, which last night sang at Center City's First Baptist Church, illustrated that there is strength in numbers. Moreover, they showed that something mysteriously synergistic happens when 100 people gather with a common purpose; they create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This principle is what J.S. Bach was counting on when he created works such as Jesu, meine Freude: Motet III (BWV 227). Aspects of the vocal writing are so challenging that a competent reading by an amateur group, in his time or ours, seems unlikely.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Just because Philadelphia choral organizations are laudably focused on new music more than ever these days doesn't mean their concerts are anything alike. Sunday's Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia's Center City concert had new works by Robert Moran that settled in comfortably with Bruckner. On Saturday, the Crossing's concert at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill was more political than poetic, articulated in a fashion far more removed than the 13 geographic miles separating the two. The Crossing's program betrayed no allegiances to any political party, but director Donald Nally was definitely addressing eternal issues of class struggle, most especially in David Lang's Statement to the Court , premiered by the Crossing in 2010 but reprised Saturday in a far better performance.
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June 6, 1994 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MYRNA LUDWIG
La Festa Della Repubblica Italiana, the national holiday of Italy, was celebrated with a festival yesterday at Penn's Landing. Festivalgoers took in traditional food, choral music, theater and folk dancing. Jaclyn DiGabriale, 4, tried the dancing, with her father, Bernie, to the music of the Italian American String Band.
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June 19, 2016
Requiem for Orlando. Musicians will gather at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, 21st and Walnut Streets, in a musical memorial to victims of last week's mass murder in Orlando. Church music director Andrew Senn will lead musicians from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, and others in movements from the requiems of Brahms and Fauré, choral music by Mozart and Dawson, the "Nimrod" movement from Elgar's Enigma Variations , and Barber's Adagio for Strings . A freewill offering will go toward Heeding God's Call, a faith-based anti-gun-violence group, and the William Way LGBT Community Center.
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April 11, 2013
The Right Rev. Allen Bartlett, a retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, will be among those honored Saturday at an event hosted by the Women's Sacred Music Project. The occasion is the 10th Anniversary of "Voices Found: Women in the Church's Song," a hymnal supplement that focuses on women-centered spiritual music. The publication is now officially part of the Episcopal Church's liturgical materials and is also used by other denominations. Bartlett and the Rev. Paulette Schiff, retired associate rector of St. Marks Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, will be the first recipients of an award created by the music project, which aims to promote the creation and performance of music by, for and about women.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1989 | By Tom Di Nardo, Daily News Classical Music Writer
Four world premieres, four works by Philadelphia composers and an emphasis on French works, choral music and Mozart concertos highlight the 1989-90 Philadelphia Orchestra season. Music director Riccardo Muti announced the Orchestra's 90th season yesterday in his Academy of Music dressing room. Muti will conduct 10 of the 30 subscription weeks, plus two weeks of a three-week American tour next spring. He said he was slightly curtailing his time in Philadelphia and at La Scala in Milan due to an already hectic schedule.
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March 25, 1993 | By Karen Braedt and Jan Hefler, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS
A Collingswood High School teacher was arrested Sunday and charged with possession of 10 bags of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute, police said. David Bryant, 31, was stopped by Officer Michael Dougherty after making an improper right turn at a red light at Mount Ephraim and Fairview Avenues Sunday afternoon, police said. He also was charged with three motor vehicle violations, according to police. Police said they believe Bryant bought the cocaine for his own consumption.
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February 12, 1988 | By TOM DI NARDO, Daily News Classical Music Writer
Two outstanding programs of choral music are on tap for this weekend, both offering exquisite compositions. The Philadelphia Orchestra concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at the Academy of Music features major choral works of deep spiritual dimension under the baton of Riccardo Muti. The ones closest to Muti's heart are the four independent works by Verdi now performed together as the Four Sacred Pieces. Verdi finally allowed performance of the dramatic "Stabat Mater," "Laud to the Virgin" (the only one with an Italian text, from Dante's "Paradiso")
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June 19, 2016
Requiem for Orlando. Musicians will gather at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, 21st and Walnut Streets, in a musical memorial to victims of last week's mass murder in Orlando. Church music director Andrew Senn will lead musicians from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, and others in movements from the requiems of Brahms and Fauré, choral music by Mozart and Dawson, the "Nimrod" movement from Elgar's Enigma Variations , and Barber's Adagio for Strings . A freewill offering will go toward Heeding God's Call, a faith-based anti-gun-violence group, and the William Way LGBT Community Center.
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March 13, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Always mighty, often amazing, the Mahler Symphony No. 8 unfolded Thursday with somewhat less than the supposed thousand musicians for whom the piece was ideally conceived. But you wouldn't have wanted more than the Philadelphia Orchestra's 420 singers and instrumentalists, who made as much sound as the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall could hold. The first of four sold-out performances that promised to be (and were) the season's highlight, the event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the orchestra's U.S. premiere of the Mahler 8th under Leopold Stokowski.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
PRINCETON - It all feels so easy, looks so casual. But it sounds unlike anything. Roomful of Teeth, the vocal octet whose somewhat regular presence here Philadelphians should envy, seemed to be just dropping in at the McCarter Theatre Center for an 80-minute-or-so Sunday program that may have radically changed forever the way some listeners hear voices in concert. Far more inviting than alienating (as innovation can be on first encounter), this group founded by Brad Wells uses amplification - each singer has a microphone - to create intimacy with the audience, sometimes as though the voices are whispering in your ear. In a darkened auditorium with singers in everyday street clothes, there's almost a campfire effect.
NEWS
September 11, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HELEN KEMP was internationally known as a specialist in teaching children to sing, but in later years she discovered the pleasures of teaching singing to seniors. She trained children and their teachers in the art of choral singing for more than seven decades. When she went to a retirement home in Doylestown, she organized retirees into a chorus that was highly acclaimed. Helen Hubbert Kemp, a lyric soprano who sang with some of the leading orchestras of her day, a former faculty member of the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., and a composer of more than 35 anthems, died Aug. 23. She was 97 and lived in Jamison, Bucks County.
NEWS
April 11, 2013
The Right Rev. Allen Bartlett, a retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, will be among those honored Saturday at an event hosted by the Women's Sacred Music Project. The occasion is the 10th Anniversary of "Voices Found: Women in the Church's Song," a hymnal supplement that focuses on women-centered spiritual music. The publication is now officially part of the Episcopal Church's liturgical materials and is also used by other denominations. Bartlett and the Rev. Paulette Schiff, retired associate rector of St. Marks Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, will be the first recipients of an award created by the music project, which aims to promote the creation and performance of music by, for and about women.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
When composer Eric Whitacre launched his East Coast tour Monday, he received such a rock-star greeting that he wondered whether he should have a stack of amplifiers and a mean-sounding Stratocaster. "I felt a little guilty," he says. "I wanted to have something to meet that young energy. " Instead, he conducted 30-plus singers in Monteverdi and his own trademark ethereal tones, which many listeners drove considerable distances to hear at the Strathmore concert hall near Baltimore.
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January 8, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
  W. Ernest Wells, 86, a retired choirmaster and organist who enjoyed entertaining friends by playing show tunes and hymns on his Baldwin upright piano, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, at the Gwynedd Square Nursing Center in Lansdale. His daughter, Christina Jane Lennox, said her father had been in poor health since suffering a stroke two years ago. He had most recently lived in Ambler. In pursuit of his lifelong love of music, Mr. Wells left his home in Birmingham, Ala., when he was 17 to attend Westminster Choir College in Princeton, where he earned a degree in choral music.
NEWS
December 24, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Joy is the destination emotion this time of year. And the pressure to get there is enormous, which is where Christmas concerts come into our lives. Two weekend programs intelligently attacked the problem from opposite directions: Piffaro the Renaissance Band took the left-brain route Saturday at the Trinity Center in a Germanic program with fine program notes and lighting levels that allowed you follow translations from Latin and German when guest soprano Laura Heimes was singing. On Friday, the Crossing choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill was a right-brain concert full of mystery and candlelit atmosphere.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Great music often takes on shades of its surroundings, which is why at least two weekend concerts seemed to be issuing veiled warnings about the impending storm. The end of the world was the topic of the Buxtehude Consort's program Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. No mentions of hurricanes were heard, but "Heaven, earth, air and sea prepare themselves to exact revenge" was how G.F. Telemann (1681-1767) began one of his cantatas, and you know he wasn't just riffing on Weather Channel hysteria.
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