April 8, 2016 |
"How do we use music to increase quality of life for people in challenging situations?" Daniel Berkowitz, the Philadelphia Orchestra's director of collaborative learning, asks the question, and says the orchestra is increasing the number of ways music can answer the call. The group is instituting a new social-impact program, increasing others, and packaging them under an umbrella acronym: HEAR, which stands for health, education, access, and research. Under the heading of health, the orchestra is sending its musicians into Broad Street Ministry as music therapists to work with victims of trauma.
January 2, 2016 |
At 46, Duane Eubanks isn't getting any younger. That's a good thing, according to the Philadelphia-born trumpeter and composer. Duane is the youngest of the jazz men in the Eubanks family (guitarist Kevin, trombonist Robin), but he no longer feels like the baby of the bunch. "I must admit that the birthdays feel like they're coming faster and faster, but I'm OK with that," says Eubanks. "From what I know, it beats the alternative. " Eubanks is speaking from his Philly digs in advance of his pre-birthday shows at Chris' Jazz Café on Saturday.
October 17, 2015 |
Renate G. Rosenblatt, a musical prodigy who escaped from Nazi Germany with her family as a child and enhanced Philadelphia's classical music scene during her life, died on Monday, Oct. 12, at her Philadelphia home after a battle with lung cancer. She was 84. Ms. Rosenblatt raised two sons while serving as an invaluable musical partner to her husband, Louis Rosenblatt, who played with the Philadelphia Orchestra for 36 years. "She could have been a concert pianist," her son William Rosenblatt said.
October 16, 2015 |
Jane Catlett Ballard, 88, a leader of music education organizations, died of heart disease Tuesday, Oct. 6, at her home in the Cathedral Village retirement community in Roxborough. Mrs. Ballard was born in Hagerstown, Md., and reared in Virginia, in Staunton and Richmond. She attended St. Catherine's School and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor of arts from Vassar College. While working for the dean of students at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, she met Francis Ballard, whom she married in 1956.
September 14, 2015 |
Helen Hubbert Kemp, 97, of Jamison, Bucks County, a singer, composer, author, and retired professor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, in Princeton, who was a pioneer in music education for children, died of heart failure Aug. 23 at home. Mrs. Kemp came face-to-face with her calling when she went looking for choir resources for her children and had trouble finding them. She decided to create her own, and in the process became known as "the Mother of the Children's Choir Movement.
August 20, 2015 |
When David Socolofsky was a teenager, and his mother, Byrnina, was in her early 40s, they went to the First Presbyterian Church in Pitman for a special occasion. "It was a Christmas Eve concert," David Socolofsky said, "and we played 'Gesu Bambino' ," a 1917 Italian carol based on "O Come, All Ye Faithful. " She played the viola. He played the cello. "And when we walked out," he said, "it was snowing. " He would go on to be assistant principal cellist for the Oregon Symphony in Portland.
June 17, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Wynton Marsalis, the jazz and classical musician, composer, and arts advocate, is the recipient of the 2015 Marian Anderson Award. Marsalis, winner of a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and honored with the National Medal of Arts, joins other recipients of the medal, including Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy Jr., and 2014 winner Jon Bon Jovi. He will accept the award at a gala concert Nov. 10 at the Kimmel Center.
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.