May 30, 2016
On May 11, the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia hosted its 18th annual Evening in the Park fund-raiser. More than 200 attended. The group supports men, women, and children living with cancer by offering free counseling, music therapy, support groups, educational workshops, exercise classes, and specialized programs for children and teens. The event recognized outstanding individuals who have supported the cause, including Iliana Strauss, presented the Inspiration Award; Joseph Robbins, who took home the Courage Award; the Chavez-Theiss family, given the Gilda Radner Award; BP Business Solutions, which received the Community Impact Award; and Corey Langer, oncologist, honored with the Ann Silverman Award.
December 14, 2015 |
Last week Arthur Kuck celebrated a birthday. His daughter brought ribs and cake, and trimmed his fluffy white hair. His friends sang "Happy Birthday" and gave him a round of applause. His wife squeezed his hand and said proudly, "Ninety-one. " Now, Kuck couldn't tell you about any of that. Advancing dementia has curtailed both his short-term memory and his ability to communicate. "Sentences are becoming harder, if not impossible," said his daughter, Jane Frick. "He knows, but he can't verbalize.
August 28, 2015 |
Zion Harvey, the indomitable, adorable 8-year-old who made history with his double hand transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, went home to Baltimore on Wednesday. Until Zion's early-July surgery, no child had ever received a single hand, let alone two, because transplants require lifelong immune suppression. Zion was deemed uniquely suited because he was already taking antirejection drugs to protect the kidney he received at age 4 from his mother, Pattie Ray. His unusual medical profile was the result of a life-threatening bloodstream infection at age 2 that required amputation of his hands and feet, and ruined his kidneys.
February 11, 2015 |
David E. Field was a chemical engineer and design manager, but those were not his first loves. "He always had a shop in the basement" where he made dulcimers, daughter Caroline Dillon said. "And he would come home and after work go down and work in the shop. " Mr. Field produced and sold more than 400 dulcimers, Dillon said, playing some of them with groups in South Jersey and Pennsylvania. "He made dulcimers for Judy Collins, Doc Watson," and others, some of whom "would come and play music at our home in Pitman" in the 1960s.
April 12, 2014 |
Why wait? If you're the group that oversees the Philadelphia Film Festival, the annual fall movie marathon, and you've Kickstarted and fundraised, restored and retrofitted an old Center City moviehouse, why not throw a festival there whenever you want? Why just October? No reason. And so, to show off the Roxy Theater near Rittenhouse Square, and bring to town top-tier titles whose release schedules don't jibe with the main fall program, the Philadelphia Film Society offers its first Spring Showcase - 25 films in seven days.
December 15, 2013 |
Karen Mechanic, director of psychiatry at Fox Chase Cancer Center, was thinking of the patients when she contacted Temple University's music therapy program. She wondered whether it would like to use Fox Chase as a training ground. That would help bolster the integrative medicine program she was building. As the conversation continued, though, Mechanic, a violinist who attended a performing arts high school, began to wonder how music might also heal a staff beset each day by the powerful emotions that accompany cancer.
July 17, 2013 |
IN 1993, in South Africa, musician Sharon Katz gathered together 150 musicians and 500 children from all ethnicities in the country and set out on a journey to promote peace and racial harmony that continues to this day. "I founded the Peace Train to be the face and voice of Nelson Mandela," she said recently of the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first democratically elected president in 1994. Katz has spent the last two decades advocating for peace and nonviolence through song, first in South Africa and then across the world.
November 23, 2010 |
Music is often a refracted reflection of the world from which it came. What if that world is consciously researched - like anthropology, but with less objective distance? The validity of that process arrived in several forms in a series of premieres Saturday by the JACK Quartet at Crane Arts, and Sunday by the Network for New Music at the Ethical Society. In a season titled "Trade Winds," the always well-prepared Network unveiled the latest by Philadelphia composer Andrea Clearfield based on visits to remote parts of Tibet, where she recorded hundreds of songs and chants in danger of being lost, plus new works by other composers inspired by her field recordings.
November 4, 2010 |
Eugene Ormandy may be fidgeting in his grave. He spent 41 years in front of the Philadelphia Orchestra cultivating a lush, voluptuous standard of Rachmaninoff performances, and now guest conductor Jaap van Zweden arrives this week to conduct Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 with polar-opposite ideas. His past performance (with Chicago) had lean sonorities, nervous rhythms, and a conspicuous lack of emotional extravagance - all qualities that have made van Zweden a bracing breath of Dutch air among the numerous American orchestras he now conducts.
May 4, 2008 |
For the singing duo Dichroic Glass, performing represents a love of music, a bond of friendship, a family affair, and a fight for a cause. Maureen Rush-Bogutz of Cherry Hill and Kristin King of Voorhees came together several years ago in a folk group at St. Pius X, a Catholic Church in Cherry Hill. A friendship blossomed that led in 2006 to weekly sessions at Rush-Bogutz's home - a "music therapy" of sorts. Taking turns singing lead and backup, the women intertwined Rush-Bogutz's talent on acoustic and electric guitar, bass and percussion with that of King's on keyboard and percussion.