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October 14, 1991 | By Lesley Valdes, Inquirer Music Critic
Home for internationally regarded classical guitarist Eliot Fisk is currently Salzburg, where he fits 50 or 60 performances a season around a teaching post at the Austrian music school the Mozarteum. From his birth in 1954 to his mid-teens, however, home was Lansdowne. The heart of the adolescent Fisk gravitated to Center City and the Classical Guitar Shop, then on Locust Street and long run by members of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. There, members such as his teacher, William Viola, provided Fisk with the resources for an artist's life.
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April 10, 2011
Rolando Valdes-Blain, 89, a classical guitarist who performed on Broadway and at the White House, died April 2 at his home in New York. Mr. Valdes-Blain was born in Cuba and immigrated to New York as a child. In the 1930s, he and his brother Alberto had a weekly music show on WNYC radio. After serving in World War II, he toured worldwide, performed with the Spanish Ballet and appeared in Tennessee Williams' Broadway play Camino Real . He also composed the music for the play Bullfight . In 1955, Mr. Valdes-Blain was a soloist with the Radio City Music Hall orchestra.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Jason Vieaux isn't the sort of guitarist who needs guest artists in order to present an engaging recital. Even so, this frequent visitor, presented Sunday by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, had the young soprano Sarah Shafer for performances of John Dowland songs and Benjamin Britten folk music arrangements that became charming interludes between more challenging works. Overall, the recital explored the fascination that 20th-century Britten had with the melancholic 16th-century Dowland.
NEWS
November 14, 1991 | By Brigette ReDavid, Special to The Inquirer
A free concert of works by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, whose style is molded partly by French music and partly by Spanish nationalist composers, will be held Saturday night at Cabrini College. Two musicians from Barcelona will play Rodrigo's works at 8 p.m at the Widener Center Lecture Hall at 610 King of Prussia Rd. in Radnor. The hall seats 250 people. Rodrigo, whose 90th birthday is in eight days, is best known for his flamenco work Concierto de Aranjuez. Pianist Luis Avendano, who specializes in chamber music, studied in Barcelona with masters Dimitri Bashkirov and Maria Cursio.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1989 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charlie Byrd is a jazz guitarist. And Charlie Byrd is a classical guitarist. Byrd is obviously a rare musician - one who glides easily from one idiom to another. The idea of blending classical music with jazz, and even folk and rock, has been around a long time. And this, of course, is a prime ingredient in the "new age" music that has become so popular in certain quarters. However, Byrd approaches jazz and classical music with equal respect, and so he has never had much interest in attempting to fuse the two forms.
NEWS
March 28, 2009 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The Curtis Institute of Music has hired a new dean. John R. Mangan takes over the post June 15 after the retirement of Robert Fitzpatrick, who held the job for more than two decades. Mangan, 43, comes to Curtis after seven years at Yale University, where he was most recently assistant dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and lecturer in the history department. As Curtis' chief academic officer, he will oversee musical and liberal-arts curriculum and the library, recruit and retain faculty, manage orchestra operations and weigh in on decisions regarding repertoire, and work with president Roberto Diaz as the school undergoes a facilities expansion.
NEWS
January 28, 2009 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Linda Cohen, 61, of Center City, a noted Philadelphia guitarist, composer and teacher whose music ranged from fancy finger-picking folk to classical to blues, died of lung cancer Friday at her home in Center City. In the spring, she was dreaming of making another album. By fall, Ms. Cohen, who had smoked since she was a teen, was diagnosed with lung cancer that took her life within a few months. Ms. Cohen began playing drums in elementary school in East Oak Lane before performing in the Olney High School band.
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January 17, 2002 | By Catherine Quillman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A winter concert featuring the Spicer Duet, specializing in classical and baroque music, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Unionville. The Spicer Duet, a husband-and-wife team, performs throughout the region. Jeffery Spicer is a classical guitarist, and Cynthia Spicer is a flutist who has recorded with Newport Classic and Boston Record labels as a member of the Melodique Flute Quartet. The concert will feature several classics from the baroque era, including Bach chorales and sonatas by Handel and Giuliani.
NEWS
March 9, 1995 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Poet Kimiko Hahn will read from her works at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Thomas Great Hall at Bryn Mawr College. Hahn is an assistant professor of English at Queens College in New York and has published four collections of poetry. Admission is free. The college is at 101 N. Merion Ave. Call 610-526-5134. The Main Line Symphony will present its second concert of the season at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Valley Forge Intermediate School in Wayne. Douglas Royal, the solo flutist for the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, will perform Haydn's Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra in D major.
LIVING
January 27, 1994 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains information from the Associated Press, the New York Post, the New York Daily News and USA Today
Burt Reynolds lost his cool when a TV reporter asked a Loni Anderson question Tuesday night, and the questioner took a shot to the face for his audacity. It happened when the actor was confronted by a media mass as he emerged from a limo with five bodyguards before Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art. "Is all the nastiness over now with the divorce?" piped up Fox's Larry Posner. Responded Reynolds: "Have you ever been divorced?" "No, fortunately not," said Posner, who was then sent reeling by a Burt bop. "Why did you hit me?"
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March 2, 2015 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was magical. Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux (pronounced vee-OH ), 41, just won a Grammy for best classical instrumental solo album for Play . At Curtis, where he teaches, he's sitting on stage at Field Concert Hall (the one you see in the TV concerts), tuning up his Gernot Wagner guitar while a photographer gets ready. (You know someone's serious about music when he tunes up for a photo.) Then he breaks into a heartbreaking arrangement of "What a Wonderful World," and suddenly you remember why they call music beautiful: New emotions emerge in the old Louis Armstrong hit, something you already loved, but now you have new reasons for loving it. Vieaux has been at Curtis since 2011, when he and fellow guitar star David Starobin were recruited to start a guitar department.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Jason Vieaux isn't the sort of guitarist who needs guest artists in order to present an engaging recital. Even so, this frequent visitor, presented Sunday by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, had the young soprano Sarah Shafer for performances of John Dowland songs and Benjamin Britten folk music arrangements that became charming interludes between more challenging works. Overall, the recital explored the fascination that 20th-century Britten had with the melancholic 16th-century Dowland.
NEWS
April 10, 2011
Rolando Valdes-Blain, 89, a classical guitarist who performed on Broadway and at the White House, died April 2 at his home in New York. Mr. Valdes-Blain was born in Cuba and immigrated to New York as a child. In the 1930s, he and his brother Alberto had a weekly music show on WNYC radio. After serving in World War II, he toured worldwide, performed with the Spanish Ballet and appeared in Tennessee Williams' Broadway play Camino Real . He also composed the music for the play Bullfight . In 1955, Mr. Valdes-Blain was a soloist with the Radio City Music Hall orchestra.
NEWS
March 28, 2009 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The Curtis Institute of Music has hired a new dean. John R. Mangan takes over the post June 15 after the retirement of Robert Fitzpatrick, who held the job for more than two decades. Mangan, 43, comes to Curtis after seven years at Yale University, where he was most recently assistant dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and lecturer in the history department. As Curtis' chief academic officer, he will oversee musical and liberal-arts curriculum and the library, recruit and retain faculty, manage orchestra operations and weigh in on decisions regarding repertoire, and work with president Roberto Diaz as the school undergoes a facilities expansion.
NEWS
January 28, 2009 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Linda Cohen, 61, of Center City, a noted Philadelphia guitarist, composer and teacher whose music ranged from fancy finger-picking folk to classical to blues, died of lung cancer Friday at her home in Center City. In the spring, she was dreaming of making another album. By fall, Ms. Cohen, who had smoked since she was a teen, was diagnosed with lung cancer that took her life within a few months. Ms. Cohen began playing drums in elementary school in East Oak Lane before performing in the Olney High School band.
NEWS
April 17, 2005 | By Gloria A. Hoffner INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Visitors to Thomas Smith's house know this is a man who appreciates the classics. He lives in the 1900s-era former home of his grandparents in Ridley Township, which he lovingly restored inch by inch, including removing layers of aqua kitchen paint. In the dining room, a fretless banjo and dulcimer both handmade by Smith hang above his original classical guitar sheet music. "Classical guitar music is a very advanced sound. It's a very expressive and profound type of music," Smith said of the style he came to favor after years of playing in rock-and-roll and folk bands.
NEWS
May 22, 2002 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
John Williams is a classical guitarist only for lack of a better word. Though considered one of the most significant guitarists since Andr?s Segovia, the Australian-born Williams has long been a musical explorer, having plugged and unplugged his guitar (electricity-wise), recorded discs of movie music, and, more recently, explored African music in his new compact disc, The Magic Box, featuring the recently deceased Cameroonian singer-composer Francis Bebey. By no means has Williams left more traditional classical guitar behind: His program at 8 tonight at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will begin with transcriptions of Domenico Scarlatti keyboard sonatas.
NEWS
January 17, 2002 | By Catherine Quillman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A winter concert featuring the Spicer Duet, specializing in classical and baroque music, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Unionville. The Spicer Duet, a husband-and-wife team, performs throughout the region. Jeffery Spicer is a classical guitarist, and Cynthia Spicer is a flutist who has recorded with Newport Classic and Boston Record labels as a member of the Melodique Flute Quartet. The concert will feature several classics from the baroque era, including Bach chorales and sonatas by Handel and Giuliani.
NEWS
March 9, 1995 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Poet Kimiko Hahn will read from her works at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Thomas Great Hall at Bryn Mawr College. Hahn is an assistant professor of English at Queens College in New York and has published four collections of poetry. Admission is free. The college is at 101 N. Merion Ave. Call 610-526-5134. The Main Line Symphony will present its second concert of the season at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Valley Forge Intermediate School in Wayne. Douglas Royal, the solo flutist for the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, will perform Haydn's Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra in D major.
LIVING
January 27, 1994 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains information from the Associated Press, the New York Post, the New York Daily News and USA Today
Burt Reynolds lost his cool when a TV reporter asked a Loni Anderson question Tuesday night, and the questioner took a shot to the face for his audacity. It happened when the actor was confronted by a media mass as he emerged from a limo with five bodyguards before Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art. "Is all the nastiness over now with the divorce?" piped up Fox's Larry Posner. Responded Reynolds: "Have you ever been divorced?" "No, fortunately not," said Posner, who was then sent reeling by a Burt bop. "Why did you hit me?"
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