December 24, 2000 |
Finding Forrester is a rewarding exploration of the knotty and often contentious relationship between teacher and protege. Its chief pleasure is the master class in the art of acting delivered by Sean Connery. The film returns Gus Van Sant to the mentor-student bond he considered with Robin Williams and Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting. It might be argued that there is little more for him or any filmmaker to add to this theme. But Van Sant has a knack for handling the predictable with a freshness that's always involving and interesting.
October 20, 2000 |
Pianist Robert Levin likes taking chances. That's why he'll improvise on themes provided by Temple University music students and professors in one of his lecture-recitals next week - and play more or fewer notes than are on the page when he performs Mozart sonatas in recital. "Going onstage without a script always represents a fair amount of risk," he says, but the reward is in returning to classical concerts an element of the spontaneity that Mozart and Beethoven took for granted.
October 15, 2000 |
Still in diapers, Madonna's 3-month-old son has been named one of Britain's most eligible bachelors. Rocco Ritchie, son of Madonna and British film director Guy Ritchie, ranks 20th on a list of eligible bachelors under age 24 compiled by the British Broadcasting Corp.'s new celebrity magazine, Star. The top spot was awarded to 22-year-old Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and 28th in line to the British throne. With the boyish athletes, actors and pop stars on the list were names from the world of politics and other royals, including Prime Minister Tony Blair's 16-year-old son Euan, fourth on the list; and 18-year-old Prince William, ranked sixth.
April 14, 2000 |
An internationally respected pianist and vocal coach for three decades, Dalton Baldwin has collaborated with some of the world's finest singers, Jessye Norman, Elly Ameling, Jose Van Dam and Gerard Souzay among them. A faculty member of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, and regular master class teacher all over, he also works with young voices still preparing or just beginning careers. Over the last year, Baldwin has met several times with three young singers under the sponsorship of Astral Artistic Services: soprano Indra Thomas, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Arnold and baritone Eric Owens.
December 5, 1999 |
She enters the play from below the stage apron, wearing a black cloak and walking deliberately upstage into the swirling action as a three-woman, Greek-style chorus sings, "Before the morning, you have a story to be told. . . . I will be a witness. " Her back is to you, yet you can't keep your eyes off her, which has partly to do with how the scene is directed but more to do with her stoic, dignified carriage, how she commands the stage simply by inhabiting it. Marie Christine, the musical/opera (take your pick)
August 6, 1999 |
During his debut performance with the Metropolitan Opera in 1965, Sherrill Milnes recalls, he almost made a horrible mistake. He miscalculated on a downbeat and ran out of breath. He struggled to finish his phrase. "I pushed it out, but inside I died," the renowned baritone said earlier this week during a visit to the International School of Performing Arts at Delaware Valley College, in Doylestown. "It took all my courage not to stop and say, 'I'm sorry, folks. I can't do this.
January 29, 1999 |
It was a professional disappointment that led, at least in part, to pianist Joyce DiCamillo's present emphasis on teaching. Four years ago, DiCamillo and her trio had been working at a club in a great location in New York: right across from Lincoln Center. "It was a steady job, and we had been there for about a year," DiCamillo said. "But one day, without notice, they turned it into a cigar club. " That was the end of that job. So the trio decided to concentrate on other things.
November 13, 1998 |
Pianist Orrin Evans left Rutgers University in 1994 when he figured he could make money playing music. On Wednesday, he returned to Rutgers - to lead a master class of aspiring musicians. "It was a pleasure," Evans said. "They picked a dropout to come down and talk to them. " While he may have dropped out of Rutgers, Evans has picked up gigs and a reputation as a respected sideman for drummer Ralph Peterson, saxophonist Bobby Watson and as musical director for Philadelphia-based singer Denise King.
October 2, 1998 |
"Good singing is good singing. But there are stylistic considerations that are tremendously important in musical theater," as opposed to opera, says Art Frank, a professor emeritus at Temple University's Esther Boyer School of Music. Sunday afternoon the public is invited to gain a greater appreciation of the American musical style by watching and listening to professional singers in a master class and workshop led by Frank and Temple professor and pianist John Johnson. As Frank points out, "In opera if you sing bel canto style - forming beautiful consonants that can get you by. When you're singing in English for English-speaking audiences, we have a whole different problem of delivery.
July 17, 1998 |
The top three albums on the classical chart all belong to superstar Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. His first, pop-oriented album "Viaggio Italiano" was followed by "Time to Say Goodbye" with Sarah Brightman, titled after an enormous European hit, both selling more than 14 million copies worldwide. Nudging past them is his most recent Philips disc, "Aria," a collection of favorite operatic arias in that lustrous, expressive tenor applauded even by Luciano Pavarotti. Backed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Steven Mercurio on this first American tour, Bocelli will appear at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the CoreStates Center.