October 14, 1991 |
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.
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.
January 15, 2013 |
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.
November 14, 1991 |
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.
December 15, 1989 |
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.
March 28, 2009 |
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.
January 28, 2009 |
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.
January 17, 2002 |
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.
March 9, 1995 |
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.
January 27, 1994 |
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?"