June 28, 2005 |
Onstage at The Fantasticks at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio, there's musical history on the periphery: harpist Walter Pfeil. Soon to turn 80, the trim, dapper, bearded Pfeil performed with the original cast of the forever-running musical 45 years ago at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York's Greenwich Village. Pfeil was only a temporary replacement during the original harpist's vacation in 1960. But he wasn't an anonymous pit musician; this chamber-size musical makes the harp a key part of the show's atmosphere and is as visible as the onstage characters.
March 19, 2004 |
The two golden harps in the thicket of the orchestra add a celestial shimmer to the sound, an accent of majesty and grace. This weekend, the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal harpist, Elizabeth Hainen, brings her gilded instrument center stage, offering her first solo concerto in a subscription program. She's playing the Harp Concerto by British-born Elias Parish Alvars (1808-1849), famed not only for his virtuosity but for virtually inventing the effects possible on the then-new pedal harp.
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.
February 15, 2004 |
Mine was 177. That served - so I didn't have to. In 1972, that fact made me both glad and guilty. Still does today. I speak of my number in the Selective Service lottery. If you lived through that momentous spin of the drum, as I did at the age of 18, you never forget the number that chance assigned you. By that stage of the Vietnam War, the number 177 was high enough to spare me a summons from my nation. If I were to claim that I know what I would have done had my number left me vulnerable, that would be a lie. That's why I try never to judge the choices anyone else made in that time of fire, anguish, chants and armbands.
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 7, 2002 |
This was the Temple team John Chaney had recruited. The result might have been expected. And the coach's reaction was typical. The Owls' matchup zone defense was back in form last night, stopping Rhode Island at every turn in a 71-42 Atlantic Ten Conference victory at Keaney Gymnasium. Yet all Chaney talked about afterward was his team's mistakes: Senior guard Lynn Greer was forced to call a time-out when he was trapped at midcourt just before halftime. The Owls, by the way, had a 30-13 lead at the time.
March 17, 2000 |
SONNY ROLLINS, 8 p.m. Saturday, Keswick Theater, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside. Tickets: $25. Info: 215-572-7650 Sonny Rollins despises technology, hates it with a passion. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn he's using a cellular phone to talk to a caller. "I'm just out in my studio a little ways from my house," the legendary tenor saxophonist explained recently. "I don't have a phone out here. Since I was going to do a call, I brought the cell phone out here.
November 10, 1999 |
Chamber music is the stuff that musicians themselves come together and enjoy, making conversation by making music with or without any other audience present. The audience Sunday in the Academy of Music Ballroom was privileged to eavesdrop on half a dozen Philadelphia Orchestra members and a guest pianist engaged in three intensely musical conversations. Harpist Elizabeth Hainen DePeters pulled torrents of sound from her instrument in Louis Spohr's Trio in F minor for Violin, Cello and Harp.
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.