May 7, 2015 |
Samuel Russell Cosby Jr., 97, of Mount Airy, an organist, schoolteacher, and choral director who blended the sounds of the human voice into a melodic tapestry, died Monday, April 27, of a heart attack at his home. A Philadelphian who grew up on Godfrey Avenue, Mr. Cosby showed an early affinity and talent for music. He attended Corinthian Baptist Church along with the rest of his family, and shortly after his graduation from Central High School at age 19 became the organist for Mount Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church.
March 25, 2015 |
FYODOR BADKHEN, 17, has been part of Girard Academic Music Program for four years, but he didn't realize he would help the school win a Grammy - sort of. The South Philadelphia magnet school, known as GAMP, was one of 13 schools in the nation chosen by the GRAMMY Foundation for its Signature Schools Award and will receive $5,500. The annual award recognizes the best public high schools in music education. Eight of the 13 schools, including GAMP, received the Enterprise Award grant for schools that are economically underserved.
March 7, 2015
ISSUE | MUSIC IN SCHOOLS Joyful sounds Nearly two years ago, I urged the School Reform Commission to save the in-school music program ("A rousing send-off," March 3). On Monday, hundreds of student musicians spoke in a powerful voice in their Kimmel Center performance about the value of music education. My friend Don Liuzzi has guided the all-city program for 10 years, and it is stunning to see the level of musicianship. If the School District can produce students like these, then there is indeed a bright future.
February 25, 2015 |
A leadership and administrative change in the School District of Philadelphia's venerable All City Music Festival could signal the start of the program's restoration. Project 440, the education group founded in 2006 by Philadelphia Orchestra assistant double bassist Joseph Conyers, is taking over management of the All City program from the School District. The legal aspects of the transfer may take months to complete, but a ceremonial handshake sealing the deal is planned on stage at this year's All City concert on Monday.
January 24, 2015 |
Robert Matthew Johnson, 81, a longtime Philadelphia School District teacher, a vocalist, and a student of the Negro spiritual, died Monday, Jan. 5, of Parkinson's disease at Woodmont Center in Spotsylvania County, Va. Dr. Johnson made Philadelphia his home in 1963 and remained there until moving to Virginia in 2012. For almost 30 years, he taught in five city high schools and at the college level, retiring in 1991. Born in Bowling Green, Va., he graduated from Union High School before serving in the Army.
November 23, 2014 |
Charles Wilbert Hilliard McCabe, 72, of Yeadon, a longtime music scholar and teacher in the Philadelphia public schools, died Thursday, Nov. 13, of cardiac amyloidosis at his home. A child prodigy reared in South and then West Philadelphia, Dr. McCabe had memorized the city's major streets by age 6, began to study piano at age 3, and at 6 appeared in a musical program with the singer and actor Paul Robeson, his family said. His uncle Charles A. McCabe, a violinist and trailblazer for musicians of color, was the young Dr. McCabe's role model.
November 21, 2014 |
WILBERT McCABE memorized all the major streets of Philadelphia at age 6, took his first piano lessons at age 3 and performed with Paul Robeson at age 6. By 14, he was playing Grieg's Piano Concerto in a Philadelphia church. It was no wonder this brilliant child prodigy, musician and teacher had no problem remembering the birthdays of children, nieces and nephews, siblings, in-laws and friends. And the fact that every year he would send out 700 Christmas cards worldwide is not much of a surprise.
October 27, 2014 |
Hello there Lindsay's mom talked her into online dating. "You didn't meet anyone in college. You haven't met anyone at work. And you run a gay theater company. Where do you think you're going to meet people?" she asked. "She had a point," Lindsay admits. The now 29-year-old actor is also development and communications manager for Philadelphia Young Playwrights and cofounded the Mauckingbird Theatre Company as a vehicle for gay storytelling. She electronically winked at Matthew in November 2008.
April 22, 2014 |
Everything about this South Philly rock band is unlikely. Consider: its budget is zero, and all of its gear is donated. None of its musicians had picked up an instrument until recently, and some have yet to hit puberty. But Home, the remarkable Andrew Jackson Elementary School rock band, has jammed with - and drawn plaudits from - major stars. It has played before audiences of thousands. And when the nine-member ensemble finishes a crisp, enthusiastic version of "Little Talks," the Of Monsters and Men song, the audience is on its feet, cheering.
February 14, 2014 |
* HOUSE OF CARDS. Season 2 starts streaming on Netflix today. * 48 HOURS PRESENTS: THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY. 9 p.m. Saturday, CBS3. SO MAYBE Frank Underwood wouldn't be every woman's Valentine. But Frank (Kevin Spacey), the scheming, homicidal - and, oh, yeah, adulterous - politician at the very heart of Netflix's conspiratorial "House of Cards," doesn't need to please all of us. He really only needs to stay on the right side of his equally terrifying wife, Claire (Robin Wright)