April 15, 2001 |
Even before it had a transmitter, Pan Asia Radio had a philosophy that set it apart from other radio stations: "Let us build a bridge to preserve our culture and traditions for the next generations. . . . " The ellipsis at the end was deliberate, meant to indicate a mission that was open-ended, said Grace Calvelo-Rustia, who founded the station with her husband in late 1996. The couple, both immigrants from the Philippines, weren't out to make money or score high on the Arbitron rating system.
July 1, 1987 |
It was almost like a real concert at a real concert hall, with dozens of fans lingering out front and scalpers playing the crowd like pickpockets in Rome. Welcome to the Chestnut Cabaret, the legendary nightclub with the misleading address of 3801 Chestnut St. The brick building is really on a street with no sign, between Chestnut and Market. And as for the name, the cavernous room hardly confirms the coffehouse image of a cabaret, what with its prominent stage lights and its dozen color TV monitors overhead.
November 23, 1988 |
"Father" John D'Amico - the former Philadelphia priest turned jazz performer - said it best. "I like the idea of the collaboration of the arts, not a separation," said the electric piano player following a performance at Quincy's at the Gaslight Inn in Mount Holly last Thursday. And representational artist Tom Williams, whose paintings will adorn Quincy's walls for the next month, said, "It's a good melding of jazz and paintings about jazz. It shows a love for music and the art within the music.
October 10, 2010 |
Sister Mary McNulty is taking inventory of a sort, ticking off a list of frailty, desultory home life, and human ruin. One girl, a sixth grader, has a father who works in a deli until midnight, so it's her job to make sure her little sister finishes homework before putting her to bed. There's the boy who sits in the public library until closing every night because no one is at home, and another who wasn't doing homework because the electricity had...
June 27, 2007
MY HUSBAND and I were recently treated to a trip to Philadelphia by our children for our 30th anniversary. We stayed at the Sofitel. We took walks and went to Rittenhouse Square. I live in a suburb of Baltimore, Md., and was so impressed by this park. How wonderful it was. very diverse and lovely. We especially enjoyed the music. We enjoyed it so much that we stayed for over an hour to listen. We were told there was a clamor to get the music stopped. Please don't let them do this.
March 22, 2012 |
No wonder the title has an exclamation point! Loud and colorful and wildly energetic, the bio-musical Fela! , about the Nigerian revolutionary and musician, has electrified audiences all over the world. With a sensational band onstage playing Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's music, direction and choreography by Bill T. Jones (who won a 2009 Tony Award for this show), and a big cast of dancers spectacularly costumed, it's a vigorous reinvention of musical theater, inspired by Stephen Hendel.
June 26, 2010 |
The often-fruitful marriage between music and poetry hits potentially fascinating snags with Philip Levine. The so-called working man's poet - whose expansive verses are filled with visions of Detroit in the snow and the sounds of Charlie Parker - is the focal point of The Crossing's Month of Moderns festival, which begins Sunday. The choir's ultra-literate founder/director Donald Nally seeks out combustible pairings of words and composer. Few poems, however, are as sturdy and self-sufficient as Levine's, which have won the Pulitzer Prize and any number of other awards.
October 30, 2011
First the Music, Then the Words By Riccardo Muti Afterword by Marco Grondona Translated from the Italian by Alta L. Price Rizzoli. 243 pp. $29.95 Reviewed by Daniel Webster When Riccardo Muti, his transformational years with the Philadelphia Orchestra explosively behind him, strode to the podium of Italy's La Scala opera house in 1986, musicians and listeners alike cheered that Il Sceriffo , as an Italian newspaper dubbed him, had come. The avenging sheriff he was, the enforcer, almost alone among peers, his six-shooters aimed at those who sang the high E-flat instead of the B-flat Verdi had written, and at directors and singers who wanted to "improve" any operatic ür-text.
November 21, 2007 |
"August Rush" is a would-be fairy tale about an orphan who follows his own drummer, his own cellist, and his own guitarist to a reunion with his musician parents. It has a clunky tone that teeters between musical mysticism and a much grittier account of life on the New York streets, where the boy goes to find his folks. It's directed by Kristen Sheridan, Jamey's kid, and she no doubt got this job for her role in blending the magical with the real in the wonderful immigrant saga "In America.
July 17, 1995 |
Despite the hot weather, the sixth annual Singer/Songwriter Weekend at Penn's Landing went ahead as scheduled over the weekend with a wide variety of music. Yesterday was the swan song.