October 2, 2015 |
What is the artistic future of the Philadelphia Orchestra - its repertoire, its sound, its personality? Wednesday's opening-night gala passed up a chance to answer that big question, and asked instead: Did we ever tell you about Fantasia ? About 1,100 guests sat in Verizon Hall to watch clips and hear the orchestra play excerpts from the 1940 film before about half headed to the lobby for dinner. The event raised $550,000 before expenses for general operating support, a spokeswoman said.
May 12, 2015 |
When Platinum Productions billed its Saturday showcase at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall as a "Mother's Day Music Festival," you had to ask yourself, "How sexy is my mom?" Because an event featuring R&B lover men the Isley Brothers and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds along with lover lady Fantasia could turn out to be a pretty steamy affair (Platinum produced more typically Mom-centric shows on Mother's Day itself with Freddy Jackson, Blue Magic, and Marvin Sapp, throughout Atlantic City)
July 26, 2013 |
You can rebel against Disney's Fantasia all you want with thoughts like "Oh, that old thing. . . . It's so naive. . . . Please, not those hippos in tutus again . . . . " But when it was there on the big screen Tuesday at the Mann Center in Disney's Fantasia: Live in Concert With the Philadelphia Orchestra , the total package had a way of completely circumventing one's adult defenses. It remains captivating. Of course, the Philadelphia Orchestra enjoys a special ownership: Even though the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played on the soundtrack for the sequel, Fantasia 2000 , Philadelphia had the 1940 original, with Leopold Stokowski towering over Mickey Mouse in their famous handshake.
February 27, 2013
JANET JACKSON has had another secret wedding. This time around, she married uber-hot Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana . In a statement to "Entertainment Tonight," the newlyweds said: "The rumours regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony. " She's no doubt hoping that the third time will be the charm. Her first marriage to singer James DeBarge was annulled after just a year in 1985.
February 26, 2013
In a statement to "Entertainment Tonight," the newlyweds said: "The rumours regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony. " She's no doubt hoping that the third time will be the charm. Her first marriage, to singer James DeBarge, was annulled after just a year in 1985. She then married Rene Elizondo in 1991 and somehow kept the union secret for nine years. It's unclear exactly how long Janet, youngest of the talented Jackson clan, has been hitched this time around.
June 25, 2012 |
Toting Mickey Mouse dolls and donning Lilly Pulitzer shifts, the city's youngest classical-music fans made for a gorgeous spectacle Saturday morning filing into the Academy of Music. Yes, the Philadelphia Orchestra's family concert was returning just this once to the Academy, which the ensemble largely left behind in 2001 for more acoustically advanced environs down the block. The Academy is "still a little bit our home," the orchestra's next music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, told the audience.
June 18, 2012 |
Leopold Stokowski could only have been invented — by Leopold Stokowski. Magnetic, innovative, and the exception to most rules, starting a century ago Stokowski made the Philadelphia Orchestra what it is today, with a glamour and showmanship that reached listeners well beyond the core classical audience. So, as the Philadelphia Orchestra forges its post-bankruptcy identity, music director-designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin is looking back to that launching point of the orchestra's international reputation with a four-concert centennial Stokowski Celebration from Thursday through Saturday in the hall where it all began, the Academy of Music.
February 11, 2011 |
My vote for Oscar's best animated short? Glad you asked. I'm torn between the evocative "Madagascar: A Journey Diary," an impressionistic sketchbook/audiobook of the African island's people, places, and sounds, and "The Lost Thing," a surrealist steampunk parable from Australia. All five contenders are screening at the Ritz at the Bourse. Total running time: 85 minutes. If you saw Toy Story 3 , then you've probably caught Pixar's entry, Teddy Newton's "Day & Night," a charming tale of mutual suspicion, curiosity, and growing respect.
October 1, 2010
Coming through the "Hurricane" of that not-so-well-received release, soulful R&B singer Eric Benet sounded strong and joyful on 2008's critically acclaimed "Love & Life. " He dropped his latest single, "Sometimes I Cry," this August, and the Milwaukee native is gearing up to release his fifth studio album, "Lost in Time. " "Love & Life" earned him Grammy nods for best R&B album and best male R&B vocal for "You're the Only One. " The album was also his highest-charting release, making its way up to the 11th spot on the Billboard Hot 200. Although he headlines this show, he joins Fantasia later this fall on her Back to Me tour.
September 7, 2010
ITOTALLY agree with columnist Jenice Armstrong that Fantasia is treated differently because of her looks. She is a beautiful black woman, but society places different stipulations on dark-skinned, full-lipped women. I have these features, and I feel beautiful, but growing up was different. I was constantly teased about how I looked. It took me years to learn how to really love myself. When I didn't, it was OK to sleep around, wear revealing clothes and everything else to get attention.