February 3, 1987 |
To borrow a phrase from Monty Python, now for something entirely different: a man who makes his living singing the folk songs of South Jersey. The folk songs of South Jersey? The Ballad of Little Nicky? Three Fair Maidens of the Admiral Wilson Boulevard? Haul Away Lads, We're Bound for the Moorestown Mall? Jim Albertson doesn't find such wit amusing nor warranted. "South Jersey to me is the interior, the pines, the meadows and back bays. I love it," says Albertson.
April 16, 2000 |
Born in Brooklyn into a Ukrainian family, Fran Kleiner learned to love two things: speaking Yiddish and singing. There was always music in the family home, she said - lullabies and love songs, and the traditional folk melodies her mother loved to sing at family gatherings. The songs were as natural to Kleiner as breathing, and as she grew up, attended Boston College and went on to graduate school, she never forgot the pleasure they brought her. Now, at 73, retired from teaching and social work, Kleiner is making a second career of the beloved music of her childhood.
August 23, 1991 |
"Folk music is children's theater - moving and singing and laughing and creating and sharing all the songs. " Oscar Brand, the folk singer behind that quote, will take to the stage today at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in Schwenksville to create and share his folk songs with children. Featuring a sampling of sing-alongs and musical games, the performance by the internationally known recording artist also will include selections from his kid-vid entitled, Sing Along Party at Oscar's Place.
May 25, 2003 |
With a Macedonian bagpipe, a smaller Bulgarian bagpipe of goatskin, a triangular Russian string instrument called the balalaika, her guitar, violin and a piano nearby, Sue Anderson was ready to tackle any folk song, be it the Bulgarian fire-walking dance or a merry Croatian tune. Connie Martorano of Newtown Square, a musician and former flamenco dancer, had brought her mandolin, a guitar, and even her ebony castanets, just in case a Spanish song would come up. After a few minutes of tuning and shuffling of music sheets, Daryl Kezell's accordion led off the first Macedonian number at the international dance music jam, and more than a dozen musicians joined in on a range of instruments from the flute to the tupan - a Macedonian bass drum played by Jo Anne Rocke of Sellersville.
November 18, 1993 |
It's a form of music that reaches back 5,000 years. It was the subject in the 1920s of the first big "talkie," The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson. It is the art of the Jewish cantor, and a presentation of that art is planned for Saturday night at Congregation Beth Or in Spring House. "A Marriage of Cantors" will showcase the singing talents of a husband and wife team - tenor Paul Offenkrantz, who serves as cantor for Beth Or, and soprano Karen Braunstein. "The role of the cantor," Offenkrantz said in a recent interview, "is as the leader of prayer for the Jewish people, through the vehicle of music.
July 9, 2014 |
For Natalie Merchant, music serves a high purpose: It's spiritual, it's topical, it's functional. Her voice, from her youth in 10,000 Maniacs in the 1980s through her acclaimed solo albums, has always possessed a thoughtful seriousness of purpose, but also a sense of comfort and compassion. Her songs are focused and purposeful, too: character studies of people, often women, in crisis; contemplations of world events; troubled love songs. They're often bittersweet, mixing disillusionment and hope.
August 8, 1995 |
The Rev. Garry Culp (center) of the Pebble Hill Church in Doylestown Township takes part in a group singing of folk songs in Doylestown Borough. The ecumenical service on Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
April 25, 1986 |
Remarkable for its colorful evocations of Chinese landscape paintings and for its lyrical use of folk songs, Yellow Earth, a stunning musical set in 1939 China, chronicles Chinese resistance to the Japanese invasion and occupation. An award-winning first feature by Chen Kaige, it tells the story of a cadre of communists who collect folk songs and teach them to peasants as a way of celebrating the Chinese cultural heritage. Filmed on location in the Shaanxi Province, a rugged landscape in China's northwest as majestically barren as America's Southwest, the movie symbolizes the vigor of the revolutionary ideas that blossomed in the parched soil on the banks of the Yellow River.
August 22, 1991 |
The bells that toll on Wednesday evenings at the Washington Memorial Chapel in the Valley Forge National Park will ring for the last time this summer at 8 p.m. Wednesday. A barbecue chicken dinner, which usually attracts 300 to 400 people, will precede the potpourri concert by the chapel's resident carillonneur, Frank DellaPenna, and his students. Tickets for the dinner, $7.50 for adults and $4 for children, are on sale at the Cabin Shop. For more information, call 783-0576. "After dinner, the bell tower will be open for anyone who wants to walk off their dinner by climbing the 112 steps up the tower," DellaPenna said.
June 28, 1987 |
Live shows for children will be offered by the Camden County Park Commission in two locations on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, beginning this week and running through August. All the shows in the series are free. The commission has been offering the summer children's theater series for about 13 years, according to John McNally, a recreation supervisor for the commission who is in charge of the series. When it began, the series was held in only one location - Haddon Heights Dell in Haddon Heights, McNally said.