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November 12, 2008
IWAS FLIPPING around the radio dial on Oct. 31, and I heard a station playing Christmas music - not one song an hour but all day and night. This a little too soon. Can we get through Thanksgiving first? There should be a law against playing Christmas music before Thanks- giving, and a station can't go all- Christmas music till a week before Christmas. Craig Hartzell, Fairless Hills
NEWS
January 14, 1987
Cheers to Maura Boland and her Jan. 3 Op-ed Page article, "Hey! Christmas has 3 days to go!" She's got the right idea. The warmth and cheer and love of the Christmas season shouldn't be turned on and off like a faucet. Christmas music shouldn't disappear from the airwaves on Dec. 26. Likewise, the "Merry Christmas!" salutations shouldn't evaporate from our lips after a couple of days. Merry Christmas to Ms. Boland. I hope the spirit of the season is still with us all during the heat of July.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 1994 | By Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Christmas without music? That would be a yuletide nightmare of Grinchian proportions. Have no fear. Philadelphia's churches and concert halls are overflowing with mirthful music-making - and not only traditional tunes. The following is an admittedly subjective selection of what promises to be some of the best and most unusual music of the season. It's common enough to hear Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols around this time, but the Philadelphia Singers have programmed a more exotic Britten selection: his A Wealden Trio, which the singers say will be receiving its Philadelphia premiere Sunday afternoon at St. Clement's Church in a concert titled "An English Christmas.
NEWS
December 6, 2001 | By Catherine Quillman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church in North Wales will present a holiday concert featuring internationally known Irish tenor Mark Forrest at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Forrest will be joined by the parish chorale and other musical ministries in a performance that will include traditional Christmas music, Irish songs and popular holiday music. Admission is $10 for adults. There is no charge for children younger than 12. For advance tickets, call 215-362-7400. The church is at 1325 Upper State Rd. Evening events The Norristown New Life Church of Nazarene, 115 W. Freedley St., will present a live Nativity program next Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Humbug, I say, to those who don't like Christmas music. But no, I don't want to hear "Do You Hear What I Hear?" again, either. The 25-song playlist below avoids the same old retreads. Or it aims to find satisfying new spins on them, with songs that are not merely quirky and are often, though not always, merry. All of the noteworthy Christmas music this year can't be mentioned - there's too much of it. There are pop singles by Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi, and Grace Potter that didn't make the cut (Potter's B-side "Naughty Naughty Children (Better Start Acting Nice)"
NEWS
December 16, 2005
In response to Stephen R. Schwartz's complaint about too much Christmas music: Take a chill pill, Stephen! ("It's the most horrible crime to the ear," Dec. 12.) I have my limit when it comes to holiday music, too, but I have had more success finding alternate choices on the radio dial. People must be listening, or the radio stations would change their playlist. Radio gives us choices, from 24/7 "Jingle Bells" to Howard Stern. If Christmas music on demand can bring you to "Bah, humbug," hit the scan button.
NEWS
October 21, 2011 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
MANY LOCAL radio listeners looked forward every Christmas to the five-hour broadcasts on WMMR-FM by John M. "Jack" Cord and his wife, Betty. They played Christmas music and chatted with each other and listeners who called in, talking about the meaning of Christmas, offering shopping tips - and providing a little psychological counseling. "For a lot of people, holidays are not always happy," said their son Matt Cord, WMMR disc jockey and Sixers public-address announcer. "My mom would talk to people who had problems with the holiday and would call in, trying to make them feel better.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Sufjan Stevens had a confession to make. "Ten years ago, when I started recording these Christmas EPs, I hated Christmas music," said the 37-year-old singer, whose five-EP, 58-song holiday music box set, Silver & Gold , came out last week. "It was like an exercise in loving your enemy. " The baroque-folk indie-electronic songwriter spoke his mind at Union Transfer on Friday, the opening night of his "Surfjohn Stevens Xmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice" tour.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
First Christmas, now Halloween. People keep stealing Josephine's decorations. "It's a disgrace," said the 66-year-old South Philadelphia grandmother. "I'm chaining everything down this Christmas. " Twice in less than a year, Josephine's home on the 1100 block of Fitzgerald Street has been pillaged by holiday thieves. For that reason, she asked that her last name not be printed. "I'm already being targeted," she said. At Christmas, it was her Santas holding big lollipops.
SPORTS
November 9, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Kate Vinkler scored the winning goal. Emily Munchak scored the craziest goal. Mariah Carey had the assist. Vinkler headed in a shot with 33 seconds left in regulation Saturday afternoon to give Central Bucks West a 2-1 victory over Pennsbury in a PIAA Class AAA girls' soccer quarterfinal at Council Rock North. Moments later, the sideline CD player flipped on, and the Bucks began singing along with Carey's holiday classic, "All I Want for Christmas Is You. " "The seniors just love Christmas music, so we have to represent that," Munchak said.
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NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Just how many "Do You Hear What I Hears" do you want to hear? One more, at least. The Christmas music invasion has been going on for weeks, if not months, by now. The playlist below highlights reindeer season songs of note by both flashy pop stars and less exposed indie acts, with a mix of traditional and freshly minted holiday songs. Some of these songs date back hundreds of years, but all have been recorded and released in 2014, starting with the gospel-blues "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
NEWS
December 8, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Conductor David Charles Abell is far too urbane to be a musical Santa Claus at the Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular, now running at the Kimmel Center. But pops, classical, and theater music are all of a piece in the life of this 56-year-old conductor who grew up in Mount Airy, graduated from Germantown Friends School ('76), studied with Leonard Bernstein, and is based in London, where he conducts an array of concerts and West End shows. Q: Christmas concerts can be so many things to so many people.
SPORTS
November 9, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Kate Vinkler scored the winning goal. Emily Munchak scored the craziest goal. Mariah Carey had the assist. Vinkler headed in a shot with 33 seconds left in regulation Saturday afternoon to give Central Bucks West a 2-1 victory over Pennsbury in a PIAA Class AAA girls' soccer quarterfinal at Council Rock North. Moments later, the sideline CD player flipped on, and the Bucks began singing along with Carey's holiday classic, "All I Want for Christmas Is You. " "The seniors just love Christmas music, so we have to represent that," Munchak said.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
First Christmas, now Halloween. People keep stealing Josephine's decorations. "It's a disgrace," said the 66-year-old South Philadelphia grandmother. "I'm chaining everything down this Christmas. " Twice in less than a year, Josephine's home on the 1100 block of Fitzgerald Street has been pillaged by holiday thieves. For that reason, she asked that her last name not be printed. "I'm already being targeted," she said. At Christmas, it was her Santas holding big lollipops.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2012 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
'It's kind of like Laugh-In with the Polyphonic Spree as the soundtrack. " That's how Tim DeLaughter describes the Polyphonic Spree's Holiday Extravaganza, which comes to the Trocadero Friday night. But while Laugh-In of '60s TV possessed a skewed adult sensibility, the Polyphonic Spree aims for all ages, with animals, science demonstrations, cartoons, and other diversions. "It's a family environment, for ages 1 to 92," DeLaughter says from a truck stop in Nevada, where the band is en route to a gig in Chicago.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Sufjan Stevens is this year's undisputed Christmas music champion. The indie polymath is represented in the annotated playlist below with "Christmas in the Room," one of 58 seasonal songs on his five-CD box set, Silver & Gold , out on his Asthmatic Kitty label. The baroque-folk songwriter's hand is also evident on the following CD-length playlist with a song from Chopped and Scrooged , a hip-hop mixtape Stevens assembled. And the Christmas-obsessed auteur is also responsible for "Sister Winter," a song on Tracey Thorn's excellent holiday album Tinsel and Lights . Along with Michael Bublé's Christmas , which came out in 2011, there are three new Christmas albums currently in the Billboard Top Ten. Those - by Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton, and Lady Antebellum - are all represented on this year's list, which includes tunes either released or reissued in 2012.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Sufjan Stevens had a confession to make. "Ten years ago, when I started recording these Christmas EPs, I hated Christmas music," said the 37-year-old singer, whose five-EP, 58-song holiday music box set, Silver & Gold , came out last week. "It was like an exercise in loving your enemy. " The baroque-folk indie-electronic songwriter spoke his mind at Union Transfer on Friday, the opening night of his "Surfjohn Stevens Xmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice" tour.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Most Renaissance-era choral recordings are sold with ancient saints on the cover. Instead, New York Polyphony presents itself on its new disc, endBeginning, with a photo of a demolished church interior. The aftermath of an earthquake? One of New York Polyphony's concerts? This urban, four-voice, all-male group isn't out to wreck anything. But its concert Monday night at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood isn't likely to be ethereal by the usual early-music standards, either, even with a program of 16th-century Renaissance masters such as Antoine Brumel and Francisco Guerrero.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Humbug, I say, to those who don't like Christmas music. But no, I don't want to hear "Do You Hear What I Hear?" again, either. The 25-song playlist below avoids the same old retreads. Or it aims to find satisfying new spins on them, with songs that are not merely quirky and are often, though not always, merry. All of the noteworthy Christmas music this year can't be mentioned - there's too much of it. There are pop singles by Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi, and Grace Potter that didn't make the cut (Potter's B-side "Naughty Naughty Children (Better Start Acting Nice)"
NEWS
December 11, 2011
Sunday Enemy of the state As Shelley had it, "Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world," and when their subtle influence is noticed by those wielding more overt power, it can get dicey for the artist. In John Hodges' play Collaborators , set in the Soviet Union in 1938, the great satirist Mikhail Bulgakov, his works banned and his life threatened, is around only because Stalin likes him. When the dictator chooses Bulgakov to write a celebratory play about him, it begins a cat-and- mouse game that, though we know the ending, is at once comic and macabre.
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