July 10, 2013 |
Pitman knows Madeline Brewer as a golden girl with a silvery soprano. The cozy, conservative, church-steepled Gloucester County community has applauded her in upbeat local productions like Bye Bye Birdie and cheered her victory in the Miss Pitman pageant of 2010. Some folks even drove up to Connecticut last summer to see Brewer sing the title role in Liberty , a musical about the statue that inspired the world. But little "Maddie" Brewer as a jailbird with a girlfriend, a neck tattoo, and a heroin habit?
March 22, 2013 |
I attempted to learn the clarinet in seventh grade - an experience about which I can hardly toot my own horn. But I love music, and admire those who have what it takes to master the art and the craft of making it. Which is why I recently visited the Conservatory of Musical Arts, a private school in Audubon where nearly 350 students are learning to do just that. "I watch them develop, and the better they get and the more intense their achievements, the more they love music," says director and founder Anthony Salicandro.
March 15, 2013 |
Children can groove to the smooth sounds the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble on Saturday at Longwood Gardens' OrKid Days. The group, which has performed around the world, will hit the stage at noon and 2 p.m. In addition to enjoying the free concert, children can learn about orchids and draw their own. The day also includes a Winter Wonders Hunt throughout the conservatory. OrKid Days Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, noon and 2 p.m. Saturday at Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Route 1 and Route 52, Kennett Square, Pa. Free with admission, which is $18; $15 seniors age 62 and older; $8 students age 5-18; and free for children age 4 and younger.
December 6, 2011 |
When he gets on the No. 34 trolley to West Philadelphia, Stanford Thompson scans fellow passengers with the fervid eyes of an evangelist. The convert potential he's calculating isn't religious, but musical. Thompson, after all, is the man whose dream can be summed up in two words: Orchestras everywhere. "To be completely honest, I've always been obsessed with the - how do I say this? - the lack of engagement of underserved communities. I consider myself to be among the communities I see in West Philadelphia and North Philadelphia and South Philadelphia, and I sit on the trolley and I think: All of those kids could fall in love with the orchestra.
December 5, 2011 |
Second of a three-part series In a dour economy, amid a cultural shift that has largely left classical music at the margins of culture, the Curtis Institute of Music has blossomed. This fall the school opened a new Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates-designed nine-story building on Locust Street, doubling the size of the campus and giving students dorms and a roomy orchestra rehearsal space for the first time. New technology is woven throughout, so students can record their Beethoven and Schubert and take lessons via Internet 2 with masters in Miami or Berlin.
December 4, 2011 |
First in a three-part series. Sitting on the eastern edge of Rittenhouse Square on almost any day can mean a serendipitous encounter with emerging greatness. From the open windows of several historic mansions drift the sounds of singers, pianists, cellists, trumpeters. Most are children, or near children. And at what they do, they are the best anywhere. THE CURTIS FACTOR What makes this ultra-selective conservatory so special? VIDEO DOCUMENTARY | HISTORY PHOTOGRAPHS | ORIGINAL MUSIC > > > ENTER < <
September 17, 2010 |
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square is nearing the end of a $12 million redesign of the Main Conservatory's eastern wing, long considered the "crown jewel" of the Philadelphia region's most popular public garden. This being Longwood, a former du Pont estate with deep pockets, the yearlong construction project includes many marvels - a new main entrance to the East Conservatory, a record-busting green wall, a dramatic terraced slope, and an attractive, open venue for outdoor performances, special events, and educational programs.
April 30, 2010 |
It's in the air. The main attraction at Longwood Gardens this month is invisible. Inside the monumental Kennett Square conservatory, dozens of visitors are nosing around searching for scents. The first thing you will notice as you enter "Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance" is a whiff of hyacinth that could stop you in your tracks. After you sniff it, you realize that you are standing in a hyacinth-lined gazebo shaped like a giant perfume bottle. "Making Scents" is a context switch for frequent visitors to Longwood, who are accustomed to a feast for the eyes with four acres of colorful indoor blooms.
January 18, 2009 |
For some homeowners, remodeling is a one-time thing. For John and Sandra Stouffer, their home's story has been one of transformation and evolution, with the aim of enhancing its beauty and efficiency. Since buying it in 1970, the retired music teachers have continuously improved their rancher in the Rose Tree section of Upper Providence, Delaware County. To create a place uniquely suited to their love of the outdoors, John Stouffer has taken on projects large and small. "I'm the type of person who needs to see some physical improvement every day, or I'm not happy," he says.
October 4, 2007 |
The Curtis Institute of Music is moving ahead with plans to demolish all or part of several buildings on Locust Street to make way for a 10-story tower and adjoining four-story structure housing an orchestral rehearsal hall, studios, cafeteria, and dorms for 88 students. The elite conservatory would keep and renovate its Rittenhouse Square buildings, while acquiring the properties one block east at 1610-18 Locust St. from the school's chairman, philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, who purchased them several months ago. Curtis brought its conceptual design by Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates before the architectural committee of the Historical Commission last week, showing models and renderings of a four-story brownstone-clad building on Locust Street with large windows, a bowed front, and decorative elements echoing its neighbors'.