April 24, 2016 |
In the final concert of its first Philadelphia season, the Seraphic Fire choral group from Florida once again arrived with standard repertoire that wasn't more of the same. No matter how many times you've heard the Brahms German Requiem , what unfolded Thursday at St. Clement's Church was the still-novel, small-scale parlor version of the great choral work. Some 21 singers stood in for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (in the Eugene Ormandy recording), and four-hand piano replaced orchestra.
July 18, 2014
IN THE SPIRITUAL realm, they call it karma. In the celebrity realm, they call it payback. PageSix.com reports that Jennifer O'Neill , Lady Gaga 's ex-flunky, may have scored as much as a million bucks from Simon & Schuster's Atria Books to spill the beans about her former meal ticket. Fame Monster is the name of the literary landmark being conjured by O'Neill, who toiled in Gaga Land for two years, beginning with 2009's "Born This Way" tour. O'Neill ultimately took the pop singer-freak show to court, claiming that she was owed $393,000 for 7,168 hours of overtime, plus damages.
May 8, 2012 |
Souvenir, Stephen Temperley's memory play about the 12-year relationship between 1940s society warbler Florence Foster Jenkins (more on that warbling in a moment) and her stalwart piano accompanist Cosme McMoon, gets evergreener every year. Its Broadway run was brief — though not quite as brief as Jenkins' real-life, one-night-only Carnegie Hall sellout — but Souvenir still thrives in the regions. Center City Theatre Works' current effort marks the show's third recent local production, and with good reason.
October 21, 2009 |
Bruce Springsteen may be a closer, but Bon Jovi is lined up to be the opening act next spring at the new stadium for the New York Giants and the Jets, according to a newspaper report. It's fitting for Jersey boys - Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi - to be part of history at the Meadowlands. On Oct. 9, Springsteen performed the final concert at Giants Stadium, which is slated for demolition after the current National Football League season. Last night, the Boss finished a four-date series at South Philadelphia's Spectrum, which also has a date with the wrecking ball.
May 19, 2008 |
ASHLEE Simpson and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz wed Saturday night at her parents' home in Encino, near L.A. Ashlee's dad, Joe Simpson, performed the ceremony and sister Jessica was the maid of honor. (Early wedding reports made no mention of Tony Romo.) People magazine, who allegedly tossed away 7-digits for pics from this B-list event, said the event had an "Alice in Wonderland" theme. For a wedding? Did the couple Jabberwock down the aisle? Did the champagne say "Drink Me" and the cake say "Eat Me"?
May 8, 2007 |
Three free neighborhood concerts will fill out the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer schedule, greeting music lovers in New Jersey, Chestnut Hill and West Philadelphia. Two venues, Camden's Wiggins Park and University City's Clark Park, are return bookings. The new site is Chestnut Hill's Pastorius Park, which annually also hosts 10 Wednesday evening summer concerts. All three 7 p.m. programs will be led by the orchestra's associate conductor, Rossen Milanov, and all are likely to be heavily attended.
July 21, 2006 |
Anyone who wants to attend a concert at the Dell East - known for its rhythm and blues, hip-hop, jazz and gospel acts - will have to buy a summer ticket on faith, for now. As of yesterday, performers for Monday night and the remaining five dates in the annual summer concert series at the East Fairmount Park amphitheater had yet to be announced. Some city officials attributed the delay to contract-reform legislation, while others cited long-standing mismanagement at the city-run venue.
July 5, 2005 |
Fifteen hours after securing his front-row standing position at the head of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Bruce Fikes raised his hands to the darkened sky, awestruck at the chance to sing along - live - with Elton John. And sing he did, along with fans to all ends of the Parkway, as John launched into a crowd favorite, "The Bitch Is Back. " The neighborhood went wild. "If this was at the Wachovia Center, it would cost a lot of money. But I'm here," said Fikes, 42, who lives in North Philadelphia and makes pretzels in Camden.
July 25, 2003 |
It's a giant concrete doughnut, an oversized octorad - that's architect Hugh Stubbins' term for the building's rounded rectangular shape - that opened on April 10, 1971, and will host its final concert when Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow and the Goo Goo Dolls play there on Saturday. Veterans Stadium's history as a concert venue isn't as illustrious as you might expect - many of the most legendary South Philadelphia stadium shows were held across the street at John F. Kennedy Stadium, from the Peter Frampton/Yes show that drew more than 100,000 in 1976 to Live Aid in 1985 to the Amnesty International show with Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Peter Gabriel in 1988.
May 9, 2003 |
This is it, maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch's final program as the Philadelphia Orchestra's sixth music director. And he's made sure it will be memorable, programming the mighty Beethoven Symphony No. 9, the "Choral. " Sawallisch's poor health forced him to drop out of the upcoming tour, as well as last week's concerts. But he'll summon every bit of energy for the last two Kimmel Center shows at 2 p.m. today and 8 p.m. tomorrow. The Philadelphia Singers' David Hayes makes his Orchestra conducting debut on the first half, conducting Brahms' "Song Of Destiny.