January 27, 2015 |
Stella Ferrari Conaway, 92, of West Chester, a respected voice teacher and performer, died Thursday, Jan. 8, her 61st wedding anniversary, of Alzheimer's disease at Simpson Meadows, Downingtown. Mrs. Conaway was a trained soprano, and her husband, Wayne Elias Conaway, a trained tenor; the two performed classical music and opera duets up and down the East Coast. The venues were local auditoriums where they often sang to benefit music clubs, he said. She earned academic degrees in music from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music - now part of the University of the Arts - and joined the faculty of the music department at West Chester University.
November 19, 2014 |
Italo Taranta, 86, of Drexel Hill, a music teacher, composer, and choral director, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at home. Born in Paganica in southern Italy, Mr. Taranta came to the United States as an infant and settled with his parents in southeastern Ohio before moving to Michigan. His parents had a difficult relationship; he escaped into the solace of music, although he struggled for years with migraine headaches and depression. "Rarely was there ever a person more passionate about something than my dad was about classical music.
March 6, 2013
Returning from financial retrenchment of past seasons, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on Tuesday announced a four-year contract extension for music director Dirk Brossé and a new residency with Lincoln University, starting in the 2013-14 season. Brossé, 53, began his tenure in the 2010-11 season and is now committed through 2017-18. Though he has an international career as a guest conductor and film composer, he arrived, he said, elated to be part of the Philadelphia community. The orchestra's executive director, Peter Gistelinck, was thought to be taking a chance on the Flemish Belgian, who hadn't headed an orchestra for years, "but I knew Dirk for a very long time . . . and was confident that he could make it happen.
October 3, 2012 |
ANOTHER DAY, another good deed by Taylor Swift . The cynics - and you know who you are - may say that the deed is tied to the Oct. 22 release of her next album, "Red," but it's not like Taylor needs the publicity. So, even those who look to see the worst in celebs have to tip our fedoras. Taylor is giving $10,000 and concert tickets to Boston's Horace Mann School for the Deaf after pranksters voted for the school in an online contest promising the winning school a Taylor Swift concert.
November 23, 2011 |
FOUR YEARS AGO, the music department at South Philadelphia's Andrew Jackson School was a small, dingy room with an out-of-tune piano and some outdated textbooks. This was the scene on a recent morning: Ten students with acoustic guitars were strumming the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Otherside" with the intensity of rock veterans. They were accompanied by others on the drums, the electric guitar and that good old piano. The music filled the spacious basement room, brightly painted by student muralists, and drifted to the streets above.
February 4, 2011 |
Anthony Gene Mecoli, 78, of Glassboro, an educator, a musician, and the former artistic director of the Gloucester County Allegro Society Orchestra, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Gloucester Manor Nursing Home in Sewell. Several months after joining the music department at Gloucester County College in 1988, Mr. Mecoli told The Inquirer, "I wanted to do something to get the students here involved in music and develop an ongoing concert series that everyone in the area could enjoy.
October 15, 2010 |
Despite a life devoted to music, Rowan University professor Bertram Greenspan chooses not to listen while driving. He can too easily become absorbed. "My whole training, which I try to get students to do, is, 'What did you hear?' So, if I am driving along and I hear music, I can find myself paying attention and not noticing the driving," he said last week in a rehearsal room on campus. Greenspan, a classically trained violinist, has been instructing students in musical theory and performance in Glassboro since 1961.
August 24, 2010 |
HELEN SPRINGMAN's home in Levittown rang with the music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt, played on her cherished Steinway Grand. She was a serious musician who polished and perfected her performances of classical and romantic-period music. However, not many people got to hear her play. She performed at recitals of her piano students, at college recitals, but she never had an interest in becoming a professional pianist, touring and playing around the world, which she might well have done.
April 1, 2010 |
One morning not too long ago, staff arrived for work in the music room of the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia to find that a lighting fixture had dropped from the ceiling and was dangling in midair, a pile of rubble beneath it. Eighteen months later, a new fixture is in - casting light on a substantially renovated music library with freshened ambitions. With almost $500,000 from the city and private sources, highly detailed plasterwork was redone, new lighting was fabricated, and more sophisticated computers and listening stations were installed.
June 30, 2009 |
How often do you go to a concert with seven world premieres? Flutist Mimi Stillman asked this question through the introduction of her latest concert by Dolce Suono, the chamber-music collective she formed and directs. For any university with a good music department, the answer is often, as new programs are offered every semester. But what are different - and needed - are programs like the one Dolce Suono offered Saturday at the First Unitarian Church to showcase compositional voices that are not brand new but are still finding their way. This one was drawn from the membership of the American Composers Forum, Philadelphia chapter; some are still students, while others have considerable pedigree.