July 18, 2016 |
The sharp crack of the bat silenced the stadium. With two outs, bases loaded, and the game tied in the seventh inning, the Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera smacked a line drive. Leftfielder Cody Asche ran toward center, then slid. When he popped up, ball in his glove, fans erupted. Asche set an example as the Phillies beat the Mets, 4-2, Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Asche finished 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk and was aided by the aggressiveness of veterans Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.
July 17, 2016 |
Pete Mackanin tried to keep a straight face Friday afternoon, hours before the season's second half began with a 5-3 loss to the Mets, when he asked a question to which he well knew the answer. "What are we out of the wild card?" the Phillies manager said. Six games, an onlooker in his office replied. "Six games?" Mackanin said. "Why not? Let's set our sights high. " He stifled laughter. This was not to insult his team, which has been outscored by 89 runs in 91 games and overachieved in almost every area, but out of incredulity that it even served as a talking point in mid July.
July 16, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Tyler Goeddel remembers when he realized he could do it, too. He remembers the radar guns and the pro scouts hogging views behind home plate. Sometimes it was hard for parents to get seats. And Tyler remembers who was standing on the mound. Before his teens, Tyler watched his older brother, Erik, dominate the high school baseball circuit. And he saw the letters that came from "every college in the nation. " "That's what motivated me to know I want to go the same path," Tyler said.
June 18, 2016 |
It wasn't until Bonnie Bishop gave up on her dream that it came true. The Texas native had spent 12 years scuffling as an independent singer-songwriter without making much headway, even after having two of her songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt and another performed on the prime-time TV soap Nashville . It got to the point where she couldn't even afford Christmas presents for her family. So she retreated to her parents' home in the Lone Star State to regroup. "I couldn't keep doing it the way I was doing it," the 37-year-old says over the phone from Nashville.
June 6, 2016
With the recent opening of Moore College of Art & Design's juried alumni exhibition, consider the story of the first visual arts college for women in the United States: Moore's antecessor, the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (PSDW). Founded in 1848, PSDW was the first of several such institutions to appear in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati. However, art for art's sake was not the goal of philanthropist and PSDW founder Sarah Worthington Peter. At the time of the school's inception, thousands of unmarried and widowed women worked from home, which - in the 19th century - did not mean telecommuting in one's pajamas.
June 5, 2016 |
So it finally happened: After years of speculation, the Metropolitan Opera appointed Yannick Nézet-Séguin to replace James Levine as music director. Naturally, the opera world wants to know what that will look like. And they want to know now - although he doesn't fully take on the position until 2020-21 and opera companies work four years in advance. Nonetheless, in a Thursday-morning video interview from Osaka after a Philadelphia Orchestra tour concert, he says he'll be working with the Met as early as this fall.
June 3, 2016
By David Patrick Stearns FOR THE INQUIRER The time in Osaka was 11 p.m. Thursday as Yannick Nézet-Séguin faced a live video interview to announce his Metropolitan Opera appointment to a still-waking-up United States. On the Philadelphia Orchestra's current tour of the Far East, he had an early concert time - 7 p.m. - but a substantial program anchored by the Brahms Symphony No. 2 . No wonder he sounded more weary than ecstatic when he said, at 10 a.m. East Coast time, "I can't recall a day in my life when I've been more joyful.
June 3, 2016 |
If global classical-music prominence were a horse race, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - with the just-announced Met appointment, in tandem with his continuing tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra - would easily be out in front among his particularly charismatic peers. At 41, Nézet-Séguin is part of a generation of what some call "rock star" conductors who emerged late in the last decade, headed by the meteoric Gustavo Dudamel, 35, now music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (he's also the basis of the Mozart in the Jungle TV character played by Gael García Bernal)
June 3, 2016 |
How can Yannick hold both jobs at once? What makes him a good fit for the job? Will he stay committed to Philadelphia? Consolidating his young but flowering career, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will assume the podium of the Metropolitan Opera in New York while remaining music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Nézet-Séguin, 41, will phase in his Met duties gradually, becoming music director-designate in the 2017-18 season with two productions, and music director in 2020-21 leading five, the opera company announced Thursday.
April 22, 2016 |
Peter Bourjos stepped out of the batter's box Wednesday night and watched his high fly ball drift toward the stands. David Wright charged over from third base, positioning himself to grab the third out of the 11th inning. Bourjos had seen Wright make this play before. The inning was over, he figured. Wright reached for the ball, but it landed just out of his reach, bounced off a metal advertisement box and fell into the crowd at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies had hope. And a pitch later they had a 5-4 win over the New York Mets as Bourjos beat out an infield single, scoring Freddy Galvis from third.