February 29, 2004 |
With a series of dramatic glissandi, 13-year-old Alexa Lichtenstein began to play the fast-paced Toccata, the sabre dance, on her harp. "I like the fast tempo," the seventh grader at Agnes Irwin School said. "It makes it more exciting. " "The harp's not as mellow as it seems," said Lichtenstein, who decided to learn to play the ancient instrument after studying piano for five years. "I wanted something . . . unique. I tried it out and ended up really liking it. " Next Sunday, Lichtenstein will join six other young harpists, including Emily Klein, 14, in a concert at Longwood Gardens that will showcase the versatility of the harp with selections including Toccata, Joplin Rags, and Greensleeves.
February 29, 2004 |
A baby harp seal stranded two days ago on a floating dock at Penn's Landing will be returned to sea today, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center said. Codirector Sheila Dean said the center, with the help of the Coast Guard, netted the seal yesterday after media attention attracted onlookers, which raised concerns for the seal's safety. "We just had to get it out of there," Dean said. "People were throwing hot dogs and steaks and all the things that a seal wouldn't even think about eating.
October 25, 1996 |
Truman Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe to star in Breakfast at Tiffany's instead of Audrey Hepburn, and he disliked Richard Brooks' adaptation of In Cold Blood. He was clearly not the soundest judge of the movie fate of his own works. The flamboyant author, who died in 1984, was generally unhappy with the idea of transferring art from one medium to another. But Charles Matthau's version of The Grass Harp is an affectionate rendering of Capote's delicate 1951 autobiographical novel that would surely meet with his approval.
July 17, 1994 |
The harp's role in popular music is rare at best. To combine its euphonious celestial sounds with jazz composition is rarer still. But that's exactly what classically trained Gloria Galante of Fairview Village does as harpist for the jazz quintet Kusangala. Kusangala means "to rejoice" in the language of Kiluba in the African nation of Zaire. And rejoicing is exactly what the group is doing these days at the release of its debut CD, which is self-titled. Lately, Galante's star has been on the rise.
August 20, 1992 |
As her departure from the Philadelphia Orchestra drew near, harpist Marilyn Costello was hearing a lifetime of old jokes condensed into a few days. Plucky? "Oh, sure," she said with a laugh. High-strung? "Well, I don't know," she replied, frowning. Unstrung? "Not likely. " She had taken her place onstage for the Philadelphia Orchestra's first rehearsal in the Saratoga festival, its August home. And her colleagues passed by with good words and old jokes as she struggled through the cruelest joke of her profession, tuning her instrument.
March 19, 1998 |
The harp seals swim down from Arctic waters in the dead of winter, headed for Newfoundland. Sometimes they miss their mark and push on, to the waters off New Jersey. Exhausted from 2,000 miles of swimming, they come onto the sand to dry off and rest. There, on the beaches of the Jersey Shore, they encounter a new danger: unleashed dogs. In the last week, two harp seals were mauled by beach-romping dogs, according to Robert Schoelkopf of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.
May 27, 2011 |
Question: I have an odd issue for you. I am engaged, and my future in-laws are harassing their son (my fiance) regarding my engagement ring. I am not much of a jewelry-wearing person, and I told my fiance that I didn't want anything big and flashy. He chose a beautiful nontraditional ring with two rubies and several small diamonds, which I love. It suits my taste and personality - to me, it's perfect. His parents hate it and keep making snide comments about it. If they make comments within earshot, I always state how much I love my ring and how it is exactly what I wanted, but they keep insisting I'm just being polite.
July 13, 2003 |
If the Bush administration had wanted to make the case for going to war against Iraq on purely humanitarian reasons, it could have done so. Saddam Hussein was one of the world's truly bad guys, a horrific leader who brutalized and terrorized his own people. But the administration likely would have found resistance from conservatives who have long argued the United States should not try to act as the world's police department. So the administration made national security its strongest case for launching an exceedingly rare, historically discouraged, internationally frowned-upon preemptive war. Now the administration that had 100 percent certainty there were weapons of mass destruction has zero percent certainty as to where they are. The White House and the President's defenders have reverted to their fallback humanitarian position - that the removal of Saddam was justification enough for the war. The administration has found the human-rights card a compelling rationale - one with which the left finds it difficult to disagree.
February 13, 2006 |
Jim Calhoun is going to keep yelling and keep feeling bad about it. For the last month, the fiery Connecticut coach has been riding mild-mannered forward Rudy Gay. "One time he asked me whose jersey I had on, if it was the other team's," Gay said last week, shaking his head. Calhoun said there is a reason for all the harping. He knows that Gay can take that one little step that makes all the difference in college basketball, taking his game from outstanding to unbelievable.
June 12, 1995 |
Kevin Dineen scored two goals in Game 5, but insisted on talking about the one that got away. It's just his way. He scored two goals in Game 3 of the Flyers' series against the Rangers, too. That night, he insisted the team "stole" a game it dominated. It's not that he's contrary. It's just that he refuses to write your headline for you. Anyway, twice in yesterday's 3-2 loss at the CoreStates Spectrum, Dineen resuscitated the Flyers. Trailing 1-0 in the first period, he managed to get in the way of Dimitri Yushkevich's blast from the point.