December 9, 2015 |
Handel's Messiah is usually left to the specialists - conductors who can pull together a coherent echt-baroque performance in a single rehearsal with super-busy vocal soloists who often meet for the first time on stage. But not this year. The Philadelphia Orchestra's annual Messiah , performed Friday through Sunday at the Kimmel Center, will be among the few to be conducted by its own music director. The piece, which sometimes seems like a holiday obligation, is being led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with a blue-chip lineup of soloists and at least three times as much rehearsal as usual.
August 26, 2014 |
POLICE DIDN'T SAY whether that was really the Messiah early yesterday on Columbus Boulevard in South Philly. The following is what they did divulge: A 57-year-old man who suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder began taking some new medication with alcohol late Saturday or early yesterday. By 4 a.m., he was found half-naked on Columbus Boulevard near Dickinson Street, having been thrown from a black sedan and then punched by a passenger from the car. The medicated man, whose name was not released, was treated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for a busted lip. He had run onto the boulevard, banging on passing vehicles and proclaiming himself the Messiah.
December 25, 2013 |
Even in the most congenial cities, making your way to a Christmas concert can be an ordeal. With distracted shoppers, motorist gridlock, and people feeling neglected and lashing out at random, concerts have an extra medicinal responsibility to be all they can be. The Philadelphia Orchestra's annual Messiah definitely qualified this year, so much so that it's a shame that Sunday's performance at the Kimmel Center wasn't repeated. The Philadelphia Singers Chorale is guaranteed to deliver an exalted "Hallelujah Chorus," but one didn't anticipate associate conductor Cristian Macelaru being such a resourceful Handelian (now considered a specialty)
December 9, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - Rutgers-Camden's improbable national championship run fell agonizingly short Saturday night, as Messiah scored four minutes into a second overtime for a 2-1 victory to successfully defend its NCAA Division III men's soccer title. The Scarlet Raptors (23-1-2) lost in the school's first finals appearance, falling to a veteran Falcons squad that captured Messiah's 10th national title. "We were dealing with adversity all year," said Rutgers-Camden star Mitch Grotti (Millville)
March 19, 2013 |
Handel's Messiah on St. Patrick's Day? The idea wasn't really out of season Sunday at Irvine Auditorium: As Christmas-y as it is, Messiah also deals with Easter (March 31 this year), was performed in the so-called Dublin version, and, in any case, has great medicinal value all year long. Also, Sunday's collaboration between Choral Arts Philadelphia and Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia's authentic-instrument orchestra) promised something distinctive that shouldn't be lost in next season's crush of Christmas holiday concerts: There was no conductor.
December 27, 2012 |
Some traditions exist because they're needed. After a long year filled with incident, you could sink into your Verizon Hall seat on Sunday afternoon as fresh-voiced tenor John Tessier began to sing, with excellent diction and soothing tones, "Comfort ye, my people . . . . " It's Handel's Messiah , of course, a piece that could be a year-round classic (Choral Arts Society and Tempesta di Mare will perform it in March) but tends to arrive at the end of the year like a reward. The Philadelphia Orchestra's Sunday performance was historically responsible (the orchestra numbered about 30)
May 5, 2012 |
West Chester's Matt Baer drove an 0-2 pitch to the right-field wall with one out and runners on the corners in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Golden Rams a 5-4 victory over Shippensburg at the 2012 PSAC Baseball Tournament in Butler, Pa., on Friday night. With the win, West Chester (36-10) advances to a 10 a.m. Saturday rematch with Shippensburg (32-30) in an elimination game. The Golden Rams earlier defeated Slippery Rock, 15-6, in a morning elimination. Righthanded reliever Matt McAllister (Archbishop Wood)
March 10, 2012 |
Art and religion are frequent companions, and Pennsylvania Ballet's Messiah , which opened Thursday night at the Academy of Music, is, not surprisingly, steeped in Christianity. During this Lenten season, many audience members may appreciate a balletic look at Jesus' life, death, and impact. But while Handel's Messiah is magnificent no matter what one's leanings, the 21/4-hour-long ballet (including an intermission and a significant pause), set to the complete Handel oratorio, may seem a bit of a haul for others.
December 4, 2011
Messiah captured its third NCAA Division III women's soccer championship in four years by defeating Wheaton, 3-1, in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday afternoon. Erin Hench scored twice for the Falcons and assisted on her team's third goal. The Falcons previously won NCAA championships in 2005, 2008, and 2009. Messiah coach Scott Frey was full of praise for his seniors. "Think about a group that has lost one game in their career. That's what this group has done," he said. In the English Premier League, Phil Jones scored to give Manchester United a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in Birmingham and Sergio Aguero , Samir Nasri , Yaya Toure , Mario Balotelli , and Adam Johnson tallied as Manchester City thrashed visiting Norwich, 5-1. Spanish league leader Real Madrid extended its winning streak to 14 games in all competitions by beating host Sporting Gijon, 3-0, with goals from Angel Di Maria , Cristiano Ronaldo , and Marcelo . Second-place Barcelona overwhelmed Levante, 5-0, with Cesc Fabregas scoring twice.
October 7, 2011
Repertory Films Bryn Mawr Film Institute 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-527-9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org . Bell, Book & Candle (1958) $5; $4 children. 10/8. 11 am. What's Up, Doc?: 1 a Minute (2010) 10/11. 7:30 pm. Camden County College - Blackwood Campus College Dr., Blackwood; 856-227-7200. www.camdencc.edu . The Last Ghost of War (2008) 10/11. 7 pm. County Theater 20 E. State St., Doylestown; 215-345-6789. www.countytheater.org . The Projectionist: A Passion for Film.