November 19, 2015
ISSUE | ORGANIST Piping up What a refreshing Kevin Riordan profile of Robert Gladden, the Haddon Heights church organist, ("All the right notes," Nov. 8). I'd love to get to the St. Rose of Lima Church some weekend to hear him play. I'm Roman Catholic and a secular musician, and I have played many funerals and weddings on guitar (and vocals), though not the organ. Gladden reminds me of renowned Wanamaker organist Keith Chapman. As a stock boy, I would listen, astounded, during lunch breaks on the organ station high above what is now Macy's court.
November 12, 2015 |
Mitch Albom has spent the past three-plus decades as an award-winning newspaper columnist, best-selling author and popular radio talk-show host in his adopted hometown of Detroit. But, he admitted during a recent phone call, he'd have given up all this fame and fortune he has accrued if he could have made his living as a musician. When asked to elaborate, Albom, 57, whose latest novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto , is a mix of history and fiction about a celebrated guitar player, didn't hesitate to set the record straight about where his priorities lie. "I would probably go back and do it if they just promised me a steady paycheck," said the Passaic, N.J.-born multimedia giant who grew up in Haddon Township, Camden County.
March 9, 2014 |
SHOPPING FOR a piano can be incredibly overwhelming because the range of prices for a new one can be anywhere from $2,500 all the way up to $2 million. Add in used pianos, and the price range expands. There are also thousands of brands, and if you don't know what to listen for, you may think every piano (regardless of price and brand) sounds the same. "It's kind of like shopping for anything," said Pierre Julia, owner of Pierre's Fine Pianos, based in Los Angeles. "The range of quality goes from made-in-China to hand-built in Europe.
June 21, 2013 |
Mary V. Babin, 82, whose gift for organ and piano playing launched a career that spanned close to 70 years, died Saturday, June 15, at her home in Springfield, Delaware County. The former Mary Volkert grew up in Yeadon but spent most of her adult life as a resident of Havertown. Her grandmother taught her to play piano at a young age, and by the time she was 11, she was the full-time organist at the borough's St. Louis Catholic Church. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of music and the church, and she remained a professional organist for the next 68 years.
June 20, 2013 |
Chuck Leavell is feeling great. Tuesday's Rolling Stones concert was so fine. Friday's is coming up. And Leavell, the band's keyboard player for 31 years, is loving it all. But for now, a brief breather on a sunny afternoon, he's talking trees. That's his other life, his twin passion. He has a 2,500-acre Georgia forest plantation near Macon, and he has become a staunch advocate for the idea that using the nation's trees is what will save them. It will help people recognize their value.
April 12, 2013
ON SATURDAY, Microsoft opens a pop-up-style specialty store at the King of Prussia Mall, offering a "curated selection" of Windows PCs and tablets, Surface PC/tablet hybrids, Xboxes, Kinect peripherals, games, software, mice, keyboards and more. Samsung is going the trendy, store-within-a-store route with Samsung Experience Shops inside Best Buy. starting this week at the stores on Bethlehem Pike in Montgomeryville and Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philly. This Experience will expand in the next week or two to Best Buys around the region.
February 11, 2013 |
The great thing about Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle , an evening-length work for chorus, vocal soloists, and keyboards, is that nearly every adjective, from the silly to the sublime, is somewhere supported by music. Choral Arts of Philadelphia gave this 1863 piece an earnest, thoughtful effort Saturday at St. Mark's Church, the first of three local performances this season. It was a fearlessly clear guided tour of Petite Messe 's highs and lows - which sometimes were heard simultaneously.
October 12, 2012 |
Seldom do audiences rebel with their checkbooks. The third of pianist Jeffrey Siegel's three-times-a-year Keyboard Conversations at the Kimmel Center had just concluded in April when the announcement was made from the stage: Presenting the series was no longer affordable amid recession-era cutbacks - even popular attractions often lose money - so this concert would be Siegel's last at the Kimmel. "I got a couple boos," said Kimmel Center chief executive Anne Ewers, who made the announcement.
September 10, 2012 |
AN ELECTRONIC piano keyboard was stolen from a Southwest Philadelphia church a few days ago, and church members are hoping the community can help them find it. "We're a poor church, but when it comes to God's music, we try to do the best," the Rev. Paul "Earthquake" Moore, an associate minister of the New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, at 70th Street and Woodland Avenue, said Sunday. He described the keyboard as "very expensive. " Moore, a well-known anti-violence activist, said his brother, Robert Moore, a maintenance man for the church, discovered the theft on Saturday.
April 13, 2012 |
As Julia Holter crafted Tragedy, a song cycle based on Euripides' play Hippolytus that came out in August, she also worked on songs that didn't fit the ancient Greek narrative. These disparate pieces, built on Holter's stately and sprightly keyboards and layered vocals, became Ekstasis, one of the most fascinating albums thus far this year. Holter has an academic background - she studied electronic composition at California Institute of the Arts, where she wrote songs based on algorithms and other formalist concepts.