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February 26, 1988 | By Paddy Noyes, Special to The Inquirer
When Leon, 9, stands up straight, puffs out his chest and sings "Jesus Loves Me," it's only the first song in his repertoire. Watching him is like watching daffodils dance in the spring wind, and you can tell by the way his body sways that he's having fun. He's in the children's choir at church. The enjoyment he derives from hymn singing is equaled only during the lessons he learns in Bible class. Leon does well in school, too. He is in fourth grade, and reading is his chosen subject.
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February 20, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their inspiration was a marathon - a group of college students singing 658 hymns for 30 straight hours. But Forrest Moyer, the archivist at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, decided to spread out his version of the long-distance music run. His interpretation calls for local music lovers to gather and together croon more than 600 songs in just 12 sittings this year. The result is a series of monthly two-hour a cappella singfests that are part of the Heritage Center's 40th anniversary celebration, a kind of Year of the Hymn that also salutes the Mennonite songbook.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Whether as player or composer, there is no end to stately trumpeter Dave Douglas' invention or passion. None of his albums, however, have the studied conviction or emotional weight of 2012's Be Still . He couldn't be any closer to his most recent theme: his mother, Emily Douglas, who was 78 when she surrendered to ovarian cancer. She was a religious woman who loved Protestant hymns as much as she dug her son's music. "I did the math: She probably attended over 200 of my gigs," Douglas says.
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March 3, 1994 | BY MSGR. S.J. ADAMO
I'm a bit disappointed in God. The reasons: I've prayed to Him for at least 70 years - and God hasn't talked to me even once. It's not that I want to boast, telling people: "You want to know something? God talked to me last night!" I think God knows I'm not a braggart, so if He wishes to talk to me and keep it a secret, I'll gladly go along with it. You see, there are so many things I want to ask God, and I'd like to get some answers. Well, what would I like to ask God?
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March 2, 1994 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Roslyn Cirino always knew she was a belter. That was her style when she was just 16 and started singing at nightclubs in Philadelphia. Her throaty voice was perfect for the Tin Pan Alley kind of songs she sang. Today, at 55, Cirino, a self-described "Bill Bailey" singer, is still performing gigs under the stage name of Lynne Leo. But, about 25 years ago, a new career opened up for her when she discovered a more spiritual facet of her talent. After Mass one morning, a priest at Mother of Divine Providence Church in King of Prussia asked her to consider being the church's soloist.
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April 8, 1996 | For The Inquirer / JONATHAN WILSON
A Salvation Army band plays hymns for several dozen listeners representing numerous Bristol Borough churches during a joint sunrise service celebrating Easter at Bristol Lions Park.
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April 8, 1990 | Special to The Inquirer / HINDA SCHUMAN
Passover, which celebrates the deliverance of the ancient Hebrews from slavery, has relevance for all people who are struggling to be free - even of illness. On Wednesday, Passover was marked at Doylestown Hospital with a traditional seder meal for patients and staff. Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell of Doylestown's Temple Judea led the group in traditional readings and hymns. Passover begins tomorrow at sundown.
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May 30, 1993 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A voice in the tenor section was flat, and choir director Lenora Young, blessed with ears as sharp as her silver fingernails, knew where and almost who. "Last row of tenors stand up," she commanded in an alto that did not need the microphone perched at her lips. "Sing 'the fall.' Come on," she told the three people who stood up after an exchange of "Who? Me?" glances. Clearly, it was the lady in the blue fishing hat who was missing the mark. Young repeatedly sang and played the two notes that went with the two words until all the tenors got it. "All right, everybody," Young said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, STAFF MUSIC CRITIC
Did a tour bus suddenly let out in front of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul around the same time as its Friday Christmas concert? No, the line stretching down the windswept block was leading to the first joint concert by Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, and Choral Arts Philadelphia. No doubt their combined mailing lists helped bring together a large crowd for three weekend concerts, plus an ambitious program titled "Advent Vespers, Dresden 1619. " Because Vespers services tend to be assembled rather than composed from whole cloth, much leeway is possible, allowing the three collaborating ensembles to come up with a varied but stylistically coherent cross-section of music heard at that time and place, mainly Heinrich Schutz, Michael Praetorius, and Samuel Scheidt.
NEWS
May 2, 1986 | By KEVIN HANEY, Daily News Staff Writer
With Independence Hall as their backdrop, about 150 members of the local Ukrainian community held a candlelight ceremony last night to protest the Soviet Union's handling of the nuclear reactor disaster in the Ukraine. A priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Church led the assembly in a Ukrainian prayer service for the many people they fear died or were injured in the accident last week at Chernobyl. Three generations of the local Ukrainian-American community, which numbers some 70,000, participated in the service, from toddlers to aging immigrants who fled the Ukraine following World War II. For the older members of the group, last week's disaster and the Soviet government's silence brought back bitter memories of the mass starvation which struck the Ukraine in the mid-1930s, a disaster also shrouded in official governmental secrecy.
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June 27, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Henrietta Creighton - Grandma Etta, please - wants you and me and everyone else in the U.S.A. to sing "God Bless America. " Together. "How many people sit on the couch and hear all the bad news and think, 'What can I do?' " says the Sea Isle City resident, 92, whose singgba.com website and Facebook page are red, white, and blue and ecumenical, too. "Anyone can get one more house of worship singing 'God Bless America' at the end of their services," she says. "Anyone can get this prayer going.
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June 18, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Dumb as a fox, Dolly Parton has always been a sly, smart performer, whose self-deprecating manner beats you to the punch with every possible joke. The now-70 Locust Ridge, Tenn., native could've become just a hollow brand when she met with massive fame in the mid-1970s - investing her time in successful projects such as her Dollywood theme park, and producing television shows such as NBC's Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors . Instead, the country-music queen has made certain that each of her studio albums, such as her coming 43rd, Pure & Simple , features her own songs.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Julie Shaw and Rita Giordano, STAFF WRITERS
Christina Grimmie delivered a powerful video performance Saturday night on twin screens in the Medford church where she, her parents, and older brother worshipped before fame and stardom called her to California. Wearing headphones and playing a keyboard, the deeply religious young woman sang the prescient words of the hymn "In Christ Alone": No guilt in life No fear in death; This is the power of Christ in me. She ended with "Till He returns or calls me home.
NEWS
April 26, 2016 | By Alfred Lubrano and Jill Castellano, Staff Writer
CONGREGANTS at the Keystone Fellowship Church in Montgomery Township were singing a hymn Sunday morning as gunfire erupted, fatally wounding one man and terrorizing hundreds of worshipers, including children. People dove beneath chairs in the spacious sanctuary, afraid for their lives. The victim was Robert Braxton, 27, a member of the church, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. He said that the shooter, also a church member, fired at least one shot from a semiautomatic handgun at Braxton, striking him in the chest.
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February 8, 2016 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Bury Me Standing , Spanish choreographer Ramón Oller's hymn to Romany (gypsy) life, could easily have been a cliché. Instead, as presented by Ballet Hispánico last Thursday and Friday at the Annenberg Center, the piece was deeply moving - by turns sensuous, serious, and funny. Of the three short works on the New York-based company's program, Bury is the one that still haunts this viewer. Much of its impact came from the powerful performance of lead dancer Christopher Hernández.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, STAFF MUSIC CRITIC
Did a tour bus suddenly let out in front of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul around the same time as its Friday Christmas concert? No, the line stretching down the windswept block was leading to the first joint concert by Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, and Choral Arts Philadelphia. No doubt their combined mailing lists helped bring together a large crowd for three weekend concerts, plus an ambitious program titled "Advent Vespers, Dresden 1619. " Because Vespers services tend to be assembled rather than composed from whole cloth, much leeway is possible, allowing the three collaborating ensembles to come up with a varied but stylistically coherent cross-section of music heard at that time and place, mainly Heinrich Schutz, Michael Praetorius, and Samuel Scheidt.
NEWS
July 14, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2007, Brian Middleton, a businessman in Bedminster, Bucks County, received an awkward phone call from a friend. "He'd met a guy at his church who'd written a musical, and he asked if I would come over to listen and consider investing," Middleton said. "In all candor, I thought it was going to be a really uncomfortable meeting. " The aspiring composer, Christopher Smith, was an amateur who didn't know how to read or even write music. But Middleton thought he couldn't say no - so he listened to Smith sing love songs for two hours.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their inspiration was a marathon - a group of college students singing 658 hymns for 30 straight hours. But Forrest Moyer, the archivist at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, decided to spread out his version of the long-distance music run. His interpretation calls for local music lovers to gather and together croon more than 600 songs in just 12 sittings this year. The result is a series of monthly two-hour a cappella singfests that are part of the Heritage Center's 40th anniversary celebration, a kind of Year of the Hymn that also salutes the Mennonite songbook.
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December 2, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The keynote guest - the pope himself - has already been announced, as have an official prayer and icon. On Sunday, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput checked off yet another box on the list of preparations for next year's World Meeting of Families: the debut of an official hymn. "Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom," commissioned from liturgical composer Normand Gouin, was sung for the first time Sunday at a Mass that Chaput celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Gouin, now at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., is a former music director at Old St. Joseph's Church in Society Hill.
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