January 17, 2014 |
CAMDEN The city's former police department sent more officers than requested to patrol more than 20 waterfront concerts in 2012, with the city picking up the extra cost, internal billing and scheduling documents show. Some of the information was released following a judge's ruling last month that it be made public; other related records were obtained by The Inquirer. More than a year after denying Councilman Brian Coleman's request for the information, Camden turned the first of the documents over last week - an overtime report from the July 28, 2012, concert by the country singer Jason Aldean.
January 16, 2014 |
A string quartet on a diet? A violin sonata on steroids? However you heard Monday's Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert of music for two violins, it wasn't anything typical. What looked like an enterprising but oddball program of Leclair, Milhaud, and Kreisler at the American Philosophical Society turned out to be something that really needed to be heard. With their intensive, ongoing professional association, David Kim and Juliette Kang (respectively, the concertmaster and first associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra)
January 4, 2014 |
If Sonic Youth, the still-reigning overlords of avant-garde rock, have indeed split for good, and will never again perform as a unit, it's tragic. The one bright side might be the progress of Lee Ranaldo, one of the Youth's guitarists, writers, and singers. Ranaldo has developed into a composer of luscious melodies and pensive, insightful lyrics, along with becoming a vocalist in full command of range and emotion. The proof is 2013's Last Night on Earth , his first album with his new band the Dust, featuring Youth drummer Steve Shelley, guitarist Alan Licht, and bassist Tim Lüntzel.
December 24, 2013 |
Christmas musical traditions can seem like habits that accumulate as listeners hope to extend the holiday warmth of childhood into their adult lives. Yet the side effect is a relatively narrow repertoire. As wonderful as much of it is, can there be room for something new? The answer is yes as long as the Crossing is counted in. At New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia choir is creating an annual tradition with David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion . Closer to home, music director Donald Nally went out on more fragile limbs, often successfully, at the Crossing@Christmas concert Friday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill.
December 21, 2013 |
Mainstage Center for the Arts presents its annual Holiday Concert & Family Festival this weekend at the Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre at Camden County College. The two-day festival will feature performances by the Harmony and Encore Show Choirs, members of the Mainstage Dance Company (and the School of Dance), and the Mainstage Hip Hop performance group. Featured vocalists will be opera soprano Robin Wilson, who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera, and country recording artist Sherry Lynn, who has performed with Crystal Gayle.
December 9, 2013 |
WHITEMARSH The audience at St. Thomas Church in Whitemarsh clapped loudly for the holiday songs the Keystone State Boychoir sang at its three concerts Saturday. But the loudest applause came after the songs they sang to honor Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and antiapartheid leader, who died Thursday at 95. The choir cut out part of the sing-along portion of the concert and a few songs to make time for the tribute, but the audience didn't seem to mind. Hands clapped, heads nodded, and feet tapped as the boys danced and drummed to the South African songs.
December 3, 2013 |
Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be replaced in this week's Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall concerts by Michael Tilson Thomas. An orchestra spokeswoman said Nézet-Séguin was suffering from sinus problems and had been told by his doctor not to travel. This is the second Carnegie Hall date he will have missed this season; the first was the hall's season-opening gala last month, cancelled due to a stagehands' strike. In another switch, guest pianist Helene Grimaud has requested a change of program from Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 to his Piano Concerto No. 1 . Nézet-Séguin has been in his native Montreal, playing concerts that have included chamber music with his partner, violist Pierre Tourville, two Wednesday concerts (9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
November 9, 2013 |
Dancers, drummers, and workshops take center stage this weekend as the Community Education Center, in partnership with Drexel University, continues its DanceAfrica Philadelphia festival. All activities will take place at the university's Main Building. At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the auditorium, a DanceAfrica concert will be hosted by artistic director and founding elder, Charles "Baba Chuck" Davis. The concert will feature performances by Philadelphia troupes Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble; Kariamu & Co.: Traditions; and Illstyle & Peace Productions, and a guest percussion dance performance by troupe Farafina Kan from Washington.
October 22, 2013 |
Few musical ecosystems are as reactive as a string quartet's. So the Emerson Quartet was guaranteed to be a quite different ensemble from even a few months ago, since the departure of cellist David Finckel and the arrival of cellist Paul Watkins at the season-opening concert of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society season on Friday at the Kimmel Center. The quartet was due for some sort of change. Performances sometimes lacked a sense of discovery. Less care was given to the overall sonority.
October 13, 2013 |
Normally two islands in a sea of social media, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia have had recent audience triumphs radically revising old notions that Twitter and other social media work only for young millennials. On Oct. 2, the Philadelphia Orchestra played to a full Verizon Hall on six hours' notice, aided by social media, after a prestigious visiting engagement at Carnegie Hall was abruptly canceled. The strategy: Massive contacts via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.