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.
April 25, 2002 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra's Access concerts, in a period of transition, weighed in with a one-size-fits-all compromise Tuesday night. But don't get used to it. The orchestra had advertised Tuesday night's Access concert at $15 per ticket, then charged patrons full price (up to $110) when they tried to buy one. And the product they were selling changed, too. Tuesday's concert, which was to have been an inexpensive, short, educational outing with Gershwin turned into a costly, long (two-hour-and-15-minute)
May 17, 1989 |
City health officials say four of the students hit by the current measles outbreak here have something else in common besides itchy spots: They attended a rock concert featuring R.E.M. at the Spectrum on April 20. "At least the last four cases of measles reported to us tie in to that concert. The kids were there," said Bob Levenson, acting director of the Health Department's division of disease control. There has been a report of one case of measles at each of four schools in the city during the past week.
May 4, 1988 |
Anthony Mecoli had a special plan in mind when he joined Gloucester County College as music director in September. "When I first applied for the post here, I thought it would be a great idea to develop some type of a musical and cultural organization," he said. "The Gloucester County College administration, it turned out, had been thinking the same thing for some time. " Mecoli's plan was to develop a group that would sponsor musical productions at the college. Open to all music lovers, the program would "bring the musical entertainment that people find in Philadelphia or New York to Gloucester County," he said.
August 22, 1991 |
The bells that toll on Wednesday evenings at the Washington Memorial Chapel in the Valley Forge National Park will ring for the last time this summer at 8 p.m. Wednesday. A barbecue chicken dinner, which usually attracts 300 to 400 people, will precede the potpourri concert by the chapel's resident carillonneur, Frank DellaPenna, and his students. Tickets for the dinner, $7.50 for adults and $4 for children, are on sale at the Cabin Shop. For more information, call 783-0576. "After dinner, the bell tower will be open for anyone who wants to walk off their dinner by climbing the 112 steps up the tower," DellaPenna said.
December 11, 2006 |
You didn't need to squint to pretend you were at any one of the drafty rush-hour church concerts in Paris when Philadelphia's Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players played two hours of French baroque music Saturday at St. Mark's Church - Gallic chill and all. Musicians wore down vests over their concert gowns, the harpsichordist blew on his fingers before playing, and the audience sat rapt but bundled for a program titled "Les Conversations Galantes....
October 23, 2000 |
It's not nice to generalize, but it's pretty safe to think of brass players as the frat boys of the orchestra - the section most likely to chug beer, yell and do the macho swagger. Center City Brass Quintet managed a few understated moments Saturday night at the Church of the Holy Trinity in the Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Recital Series. But for the most part, blasting was the name of the game. True, it was glorious blasting. Brilliant blasting. Highly accurate blasting.
November 5, 1990 |
It was an evening of unity of purpose and diversity of sound last night at the Academy of Music. Before a sold-out crowd, which included many political luminaries, Women's Way celebrated "Women in Concert," a benefit for social agencies serving women and children. Hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, the show featured the eclectic urban folk music of the Roches, the contemporary country sound of the mother-daughter duo the Judds, and the soulful supper-club jazz of Dionne Warwick.