June 30, 1991 |
A couple of consultants, working with some big corporations, came up with the idea: A big rock and rap concert to kick off the July 4 week celebration of the return of the Desert Storm troops. They got permission from the Air Force officials and McGuire Air Force Base to stage the event. They engaged a New York promoter to organize it. They had some big acts - Run D.M.C., Cheap Trick, The Marshall Tucker Band - lined up to donate their talent. And they had sold tickets at $18.50 each for the concert, which was to be opened at 2 p.m. tomorrow by comedian George Burns.
August 11, 1989 |
The serene, floral surroundings of Longwood Gardens will explode with the sound of 16 booming cannons Saturday night when the Kennett Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture. " The artillery will be brought out for the "Overture," more often heard on recordings than in live performance. After the fleeting passages of "La Marseillaise" representing Napoleon's armies invading Moscow, the finale boils with nationalistic fervor as the enemy's defeat is announced by pealing bells, drum rolls and the final 16-gun outbursts of military celebration.
July 11, 1995 |
A Concerts by Candlelight performance Sunday evening began on a sad note. Esther Kahn, who has helped run the 20-year-old series at Laurel Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park since its inception, had suffered a stroke and was not greeting audience members. Through their efforts, she and others involved in the series have filled a virtual chamber-music void each summer. The concert featured happier notes by flutist Sue Ann Kahn (Esther's daughter) and fortepianist Andrew Willis. Their instruments matched each other splendidly in the small concert space.
February 14, 1994 |
A London newspaper reported yesterday that the three surviving Beatles were planning a concert in New York's Central Park later this year, but a spokesman for Paul McCartney called the story "an out-and-out lie. " The Mail on Sunday, quoting a source close to McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, said the three were to play alongside the late John Lennon's two sons, Julian and Sean, to an audience of millions there and around the world on...
January 8, 1989 |
The Haddonfield Symphony will be placing the emphasis on youth with the presentation of three clarinet lecture/concerts aimed at children in January and February, the annual Solo Competition for Young Instrumentalists, also in February, and a children's concert in April. The clarinet lecture-concerts will be at 11 a.m. on Jan. 21 and 28 and Feb. 4 at the Stern's Court of the Echelon Mall in Voorhees. They are designed to be a prelude to both the solo competition and the children's concert, said Michael Scolamiero, coordinator of the solo competition.
August 3, 1990 |
Sixteen ministers who are leading a boycott of McDonald's Corp. accused the company yesterday of trying to buy affection in the black community by sponsoring a gospel concert offering $10,000 in scholarship prizes. The pastors pledged to picket the Singsation Gospel Choir Competition and said they had tried to persuade choirs to drop out. The competition, co-sponsored by the Wrigley Co. and the Singsation television program, will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the Philadelphia Civic Center.
July 14, 1992 |
The concerts presented each summer by the Women for Greater Philadelphia are, unfailingly, long on atmosphere. Faithful patrons arrive at Laurel Hill just after 7, walk the grounds of the charming colonial mansion and look down over the bluffs along the Schuylkill while waiting for the skies to darken and fireflies to brighten. The five-concert series provides an experience unlike any other in Philadelphia, and, maybe, anywhere this side of the turn of the century. Guitarist Allen Krantz and flutist Deborah Carter were scheduled to perform Sunday night, but Carter, who was recently in an automobile accident, was unable to play.
October 3, 2003 |
Precisely one year after his death, many of George Harrison's super-talented pals got together for a concert tribute to the late Beatle at London's Royal Albert Hall on Nov. 29, 2002. "Concert for George" is a straightforward documentary of that once-after-a-lifetime show, and it's made with such unobtrusive expertise that it is truly the next best thing to having been there. Directed by David Leland, a British screenwriter and filmmaker who has not - until now - lived up to his cheekily charming helming debut, "Wish You Were Here," and shot on vibrant high-definition digital video by estimable cinematographer Chris Menges ("The Killing Fields," "Dirty Pretty Things")
February 27, 1986 |
For some conductors, good reviews are the best ego bracers. For others, standing ovations liberally soaked with "bravos" are all the reinforcement they need. Much as Paul Roberts enjoys such things, his greatest tribute comes in watching children who leave his concerts conducting an imaginary chorus in mid-air. "That's where I create my constituency," Roberts says of the many children who attend his choral concerts at the Academy of Music. "You'd think kids wouldn't get our music.
February 9, 2002 |
Despite its fabled past of marathon freestyles and heated battles, standard-issue rap is now rarely about live performance. Artists, more concerned with the recording studio and music videos, use shows to solidify image and star power. Live presentation is an afterthought. Thursday night at the barely half-full Electric Factory, site of the NBA All-Star Weekend kickoff concert billed as "Will Smith & Friends," Atlanta's Ludacris came close to being the exception. The former DJ embraces his reputation as an old-style performer and made the most of his sonorous voice and dirty-prankster persona.