May 9, 2010 |
SHANGHAI, China - The heat was on. Having landed a spectacularly high-profile concert in the first week of Shanghai's Expo 2010 on Friday, the Philadelphia Orchestra and various partner organizations sweated bullets to get maximum mileage out of the situation, under the kind of inexplicably restrictive circumstances that prompt an oh-well-that's-China shrug. To prepare for Friday's rehearsals, news conference, lavish reception, and concert - tailored for the expansive, architecturally spectacular Expo Culture Center - the orchestra's staff pulled all-night work sessions and improvised last-minute remedies for potentially fatal problems.
April 25, 2003 |
Choices abound this weekend. The problem is, they are all happening in the next 24 hours! TONIGHT: Outsider art prevails at the First Unitarian Church with the primitive romantic stylings of man-child Daniel Johnston, Brother Danielson, of oddball Christian family troupe the Danielson Family, and Azita, the former frontwoman of the no-wave Scissor Girls (7:30 p.m., 2125 Chestnut St., 215-925-6356, $10, all ages, www.r5productions.com) . . . Tom Carter of Texas psych-folk band Charalambides stops in at the Philadelphia Record Exchange for a free performance (7 p.m., 618 S. 5th St., 215-925-7892, www.wholly other.
November 9, 2007
In Concert 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228. www.thecolonialtheatre.com . Al Stewart . $25.50-$35.50. 11/9 8 pm. 421 N. Seventh St.; 215-569-9400. www.livenation.com . John Butler Trio . $24. 11/9 8:30 pm. Jimmy Eat World/Viva Voce . $23 advance; $25 day of show. 11/10 8:30 pm. Dashboard Confessional/Augustana/John Ralston . $28 advance; $33 day of show. 11/12-11/13 7:30 pm. 334 South St.; 215-922-1011. www.livenation.com . Rx Bandits/Men, Women & Children/The Nurses . $14. 11/9 8 pm. Dr. Dog/Delta Spirit . $13-$15.
December 9, 1993 |
Several hundred young music lovers filled the seats at the Academy of Music yesterday for the Philadelphia Orchestra's annual free concert for the city's public school students. The theme of this year's concert was "Who Has the Crayons?" The concert for fifth-grade students explored color, texture and emotion in music, with each of the pieces on the program demonstrating a different color, either by a solo on an instrument or by various combinations of instruments. Assistant Conductor Luis Biava was the host.
July 27, 1994 |
The Mann Music Center played host yesterday to a free children's concert, an annual part of its summer season with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This year's program, titled "Gotta Dance," included works by Bernstein, Stravinsky and Falla.
July 8, 1987 |
A young, up-and-coming British pop singer has been made an honorary citizen of the city and presented the Philadelphia Liberty Bowl - a gift reserved for the highest dignitaries - for saving a world premiere concert at the Academy of Music by writing a personal check for $160,000. John Christian wrote the check at the "eleventh hour" after one of the concert's financial sponsors backed out, according to Oliver Franklin, the city's cultural affairs director. "He saved the concert," said Franklin.
June 18, 1987 |
Paul Simon's Graceland tour reached Philadelphia last night, and as a near- sellout crowd filed into the Spectrum, some felt a cold wind blowing from South Africa. "Paul Simon, you can't hide," shouted Godfrey Sithole, an exiled representative of the African National Congress. Around Sithole marched a group of 50 protesters. It was the largest protest of the tour. At 8:15 p.m., Simon arrived on stage. "Tonight's concert will be about the music of South Africa and the songs from the Graceland album.
May 1, 1988 |
Ten heavy metal bands will invade Gloucester County College campus for a May Metal Festival on May 14 for a 10 1/2-hour concert. The event is sponsored by WGCC, the campus radio station, and proceeds will be used to buy a transmitter for the station. Heavy metal is a loud form of rock music, said Walter Betson, the station manager of WGCC and a student at Gloucester County College. Many listeners tune in to heavy metal simply for the music and ignore the words, which often cannot be understood anyway, Betson said.
August 20, 1987 |
A Philadelphia tradition is wrapping up its 22d year with the last three free summer concerts of the Pennypack Park Festival tonight and next week. Tonight's concert, which starts at 8, features Glenn Miller Orchestra in the band shell at the park entrance at Rhawn Street and Winchester Avenue. Vincent Lopez and his orchestra will play Tuesday and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is scheduled for next Thursday. The series was financed by a grant from the city and donations from Frankford Trust Charities and Philadelphia Electric Co. The original Four Aces, a Philadelphia group that has been singing doo-wop for three decades, entertained last Thursday.