June 27, 2016 |
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.
June 18, 2016 |
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.
June 13, 2016 |
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.
April 26, 2016 |
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.
February 8, 2016 |
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.
December 23, 2015 |
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.
July 14, 2015 |
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.
February 20, 2015 |
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.
December 2, 2014 |
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.