June 4, 1996 |
When the Philadelphia Theatre Company agreed to produce Master Class early in 1995, Sara Garonzik, the company's producing director, knew the play would get a lot of attention and have a big future. Just how much attention the show would get and how big that future would be, Garonzik discovered Sunday night. She sat in the audience at the 50th Tony Award ceremony in New York as the production her company had premiered won three of theater's most prestigious awards - best play for author Terrence McNally, best actress for Zoe Caldwell, and best featured actress (the Tonys' phrase for supporting actress)
March 24, 1995 |
When Misha Dichter sits down with Temple University piano students Sunday for an open master class, it will be with the knowledge that he might change someone's life. It was a master class, after all, that altered his forever. "It was 1964," recalled the New Yorker this week, "when Rosina Lhevinne came out to Los Angeles from New York to do a master class. I was studying with Aube Tzerko, an Artur Schnabel pupil, who was one of these Middle Europeans - you know, very German.
February 21, 2002 |
Master classes for opera singers traditionally have been ruled by those who can't do it anymore. Maria Callas, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and other greats in the twilight of their careers have alternately inspired and terrified voice students who had the courage to present their best aria onstage and then be told in front of a sizable audience how far short of perfection they fell. At 43, Philadelphia mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson, in contrast, is in the early-summer phase of her career, which may be why her Tuesday master class at her alma mater, Temple University, was fun, smart and sisterly.
February 20, 1997 |
She did it all for love. In a nutshell, that's the irony, agony and ecstasy of opera legend Maria Callas' life, as brought to us by Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning "Master Class. " Playing the Merriam Theater until Sunday, this national touring production features film star Faye Dunaway as the diva people loved to hate. "Master Class" is an engrossing portrait of a woman consumed by both her art and her search for love, vindication and personal validation. The device that McNally uses to reveal her emotional pain and professional sacrifice is a fictionalized Juilliard master class that Callas taught in the waning days of her career.
February 26, 1995 |
This week, when the Philadelphia Theatre Company begins the world-premiere run of Terrence McNally's new play, Master Class, the Plays & Players Theatre will be transformed into . . . a theater. Is it the theatrical setting for a world-famous but faded diva, about to coach young singers? Or is it an operating theater, where nerves, and even souls, are exposed by the knife of memory? That's an ambiguity that McNally will use to share his understanding of soprano Maria Callas, tumult and all, with his audience.
May 19, 2005 |
Soon after meeting opera diva Marilyn Horne before his big performance, Justin D. Gonzalez told her to spare him nothing. "Tear me to shreds. Do me the honor," the 17-year-old Philadelphia high school senior invited before taking the stage Tuesday night at the Academy of Vocal Arts for his "master class" performance. "If I do, I'll do it with a velvet glove," promised the international star. She did, with comments that were exquisitely honest yet encouraging and uplifting.
December 4, 2015 |
Lidia Bastianich strides into my kitchen, ties on a bright-red apron with her name in big letters across the top, and quickly takes command. "I can always find my way around a kitchen," she says after washing up and settling in at the little prep counter. "So," she says, placing her hands on her hips, "you want to start with the risotto?" Lidia came to cook in my humble kitchen the other day as part of the tour for her latest cookbook, Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine (Knopf, 2015)
June 12, 1994 |
Jazz trombonist and composer Delfeayo Marsalis joined top high school musicians in the area for a jam session and jazz music lesson Friday at Abraham Lincoln High School in Northeast Philadelphia. About 125 music students from five high schools and 20 students from the All Philadelphia High School Jazz Ensemble were invited to take part in the master class. The event was sponsored by Bravo, the film and arts network, and Comcast Cable.
September 14, 1988 |
Dancers sweat and work hard to make what they do look easy. Having a pro like Maurice Hines in the studio to share his talents ought to go a long way to inspire aspiring performers like this group of advanced jazz dance students at The University of the Arts on South Broad Street, where Hines conducted a master class yesterday. Hines himself began hoofing at age 5. He's starring with Stephanie Mills in "Harlem Suite," a dance musical he choreographed and directs. The show goes on national tour after its final performance Sunday at the Shubert Theatre.
February 8, 2010 |
They referred to the renowned opera soprano Maria Callas as La Divina, and awarded her with curtain calls galore - at one point, 27. So as a moniker, La Divina is already taken. No problem. You can call Ann Crumb, simply, Divine. Crumb plays the opera singer in Media Theatre's production of Master Class, in a portrayal so deft, so remarkably considered, she must be channeling La Divina, who died in 1977. Crumb's every move is sensual and in character - each step across the Media stage, each sweep of her arms, each turn of her head.