May 27, 2015 |
KURORT RATHEN, Germany - Even on days when the Philadelphia Orchestra doesn't have to move around Europe, some rogue contingent does so anyway, popping over to some neighboring city to meet an old teacher, or, more ambitiously, going in search of the Grand Budapest Hotel. The actual hotel exterior in the super-scenic, Oscar-winning film of that name was a made-for-studio model, obviously not to be found in quaint Kurort Rathen, a half-hour's train ride from Dresden. But the film was shot in the Saxony region, one of whose most spectacular outdoor locations is the bizarrely gnarled sandstone mountains overlooking an ex-duchy known as Königstein.
December 7, 2014 |
The trademark red concert dress and ebullient stage presence told you that Di Wu was back, the Chinese-born, Curtis Institute-trained pianist who has become something of a local favorite as part of the Astral Artists roster. On Wednesday, she returned to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, but in a recital that made you wonder if she is her own best advocate. Nobody really knows how long-term audience relationships are cultivated, but Wu's program of Haydn, Brahms, and Prokofiev wasn't the sort to advance her presence here.
April 23, 2014 |
Emily Lipari admits that her journey from high school star to NCAA champion for Villanova has included its share of rough patches, but the road has been smoother since her spectacular achievements at last year's Penn Relays. Lipari anchored the Wildcats to a pair of Championship of America titles in the distance medley and 4x800-meter relays, leading her team to a collegiate record in the latter race. In the fall, she finished fifth in the NCAA cross-country championships, and she capped her indoor season last month by capturing the women's mile in the NCAA track and field meet.
March 11, 2014 |
"This song is old," Ella Yelich-O'Connor explained on stage at the Tower Theater Saturday night, by which she meant "Bravado" dates all the way back to 2012. But if the timeline for the 17-year-old, who performs as Lorde, is short, it's also eventful. Her first recording, a free online EP called The Love Club , was released in late 2013; a hotly anticipated album, Pure Heroine , followed in September; last night, on her first U.S. tour, she had the sold-out Tower singing along to her version of the Replacements' "Swingin' Party," recorded before most ticketholders were born.
January 10, 2014 |
You could spend a lifetime delving into all of Franz Liszt's roles as Western music's great change agent. Or you might simply have listened in Tuesday, as pianist Louis Lortie laid them bare before a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society audience. At the American Philosophical Society, with oils of Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin gazing down from the stage, Liszt rivaled the radical old patriots for conjuring a new world. In our time, Wagner may be the most frequently referenced starting point of modern music; opera as a medium has an obvious edge.
December 11, 2013 |
Keenan Reynolds had told himself that his first Army-Navy game would be just like any other college football contest. But as he rode on the Navy bus to Lincoln Financial Field and saw the parking lots at the sports complex teeming with tailgating fans for both sides, that thought was on shaky ground. "I was definitely pretty nervous, especially riding to the stadium and seeing the pageantry of the game, and everything kind of sunk in," Reynolds said Monday. The first freshman to start an Army-Navy game in 21 years, Reynolds shook off the nerves and led the Midshipmen to their 11th straight victory, scoring the go-ahead touchdown on an 8-yard run with less than five minutes to play in a 17-13 final.
November 16, 2013 |
ATLANTA - The big question is: Will James Anderson do it again? The 76ers shooting guard will get his first opportunity Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. And if Anderson does it here, the Sixers (5-4) should handle the Hawks (4-4). The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder scored a career-high 36 points in Wednesday's 123-117 overtime victory against the Houston Rockets. It was the most points by a Sixer since Willie Green scored 37 against the Toronto Raptors on April 18, 2007.
August 31, 2013
Philadelphians have learned to expect disaster, even - or especially - when promised an extravaganza. So one neighborhood leader's assessment of last year's inaugural Made in America festival on the Parkway counts as a glowing review: "It wasn't the catastrophe many feared. " Popular sentiment about the two-day, three-stage, multi-act music festival being reprised this weekend, presented by Anheuser Busch and Live Nation, has evolved from general trepidation to widespread welcome, as The Inquirer's Jeff Gammage reported this week.
August 8, 2013 |
Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich is the perfect example of an athlete making the most of an opportunity when it is presented. Thrust into the starting lineup against South Florida, Matakevich, a true freshman last season, racked up 15 tackles - 12 solos and three assists - in a 37-28 triumph. Before that game, he had just one tackle in three games. He never stopped tackling, finishing the season with 101, the most in school history by a true freshman. He became the 12th Owl to earn freshman all-American honors, the first since Bernard Pierce in 2009, and the first to earn first-team honors since Dan Klecko in 1999.
July 13, 2013 |
The Westmont, a nearly 86-year-old former movie palace in Haddon Township, may be getting a new lease on life. Township officials and Lazgor L.L.C., a Cherry Hill real estate development firm, are exploring Lazgor's buying and rehabilitating the old theater, which has been vacant for at least a decade. Depending on how those negotiations go, by late August the township and Lazgor could enter a nine-month agreement to forge a redevelopment plan. And while few - if any - are expecting a revival of the Westmont's cinematic glory days, preservationists and other theater fans are hoping for some performing-arts or community-use space, and would most like to see a performing arts center.