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June 19, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, Classical Music Critic
Seven Responses 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 38th and Chestnut Streets. Tickets: $30-75. Information: www.crossingchoir.com
NEWS
June 19, 2016
Requiem for Orlando. Musicians will gather at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, 21st and Walnut Streets, in a musical memorial to victims of last week's mass murder in Orlando. Church music director Andrew Senn will lead musicians from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, and others in movements from the requiems of Brahms and Fauré, choral music by Mozart and Dawson, the "Nimrod" movement from Elgar's Enigma Variations , and Barber's Adagio for Strings . A freewill offering will go toward Heeding God's Call, a faith-based anti-gun-violence group, and the William Way LGBT Community Center.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | Staff
KIDS 6 p.m. Friday, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse , 3500 Reservoir Dr. $10. 215-765-4325. Wee ones get a chance to get wack and whirl in tie-dyed onesies as the third annual children's festival gets underway with the first of three concerts this summer. On the bill: Lucy Kalantari, playing her 1920s hot-jazz ukulele tunes, and divine kindie-rock diva Joanie Leeds. - Michael Harrington 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Brandywine River Museum of Art , 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Chadds Ford.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Lewis Becker, 78, of Villanova, a law professor at Villanova University for more than four decades, died Sunday, June 12, of complications from glioblastoma brain cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He had been diagnosed in March, his family said. Professor Becker joined what is now Villanova's Charles Widger School of Law in 1972, rose to professor in 1976, and retired in 2011 as an emeritus professor, although he kept teaching for several more years. "Professor Becker left an indelible mark on the Law School community and the generations of students he educated and inspired," the school said in a tribute on its Facebook page.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
SOUL SINGER Joe Simon ("Drowning in the Sea of Love"), jazz bassist Gerald Robert Veasley and WDAS radio star Patty Jackson will be honored by Philadelphia International Records and the Phillies on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. The ceremony, starting at 6:30 p.m., before the Phils beat the Diamondbacks, is part of the 13th annual Phillies African American Heritage Celebration presented by The Sound of Philadelphia, in honor of Black Music Month. Legendary music producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will present the honorees with the Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2016 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Joseph is a lovable 7-year-old who enjoys being cuddled, spoken to, sung to, and held. He responds well to musical toys and contrasting colors. Joseph benefits from being with other children. He does not get upset easily, but when he does, he can quickly be calmed or redirected. Joseph is slowly learning to speak. Nonambulatory, Joseph requires the assistance of his wheelchair, leg braces, hand splints, and body jacket to help him maintain his posture and standing abilities. Although his main source of nutrition is through a tube, he does receive some oral feeding, as well.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Bob Rose was still in junior high school when he promoted his first music show. A few hometown Bridgeton bands were looking for gigs, and a school dance needed performers. Several years later, in 1974, Rose put together his first big outdoor concert - a five-act garage-band show at the now-defunct Palatine Race Track in Centerton, Cumberland County. Back then, social media didn't exist, so Rose had to rely on old-fashioned word of mouth and some concert posters.
NEWS
June 13, 2016
Time was, summer in Philadelphia meant a vacation for, and from, the arts. Classical groups in particular tended to throw up their hands and wait for audiences to return from Long Beach Island, Eagles Mere, or Maine. As last season suggested, the city has become a summer playground in its own right, and classical groups are catching on. Yes, the sylvan settings of Marlboro Music Festival and Tanglewood beckon, and there is still room for some really smart group to set down anchor in the city with an ambitious summer arts festival.
NEWS
June 13, 2016
Where classical music is concerned, the vacation months are now a haven for niche programming - sometimes of the extreme sort. The idea is that if it's your niche, you'll travel for it. So what's worth the current gasoline prices? Here's a selection of great classical programs within a day's drive. Farewell to Claude Frank; Hello to Rossini (Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts; Katonah, N.Y.) From June 18 to Aug. 7, Caramoor has a full range of chamber music and orchestral programs on this gracious 90-acre estate.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | Dan DeLuca
Firefly (June 16-19, the Woodlands of Dover) Firefly continues to thrive, with expected attendance of 80,000 per day, despite this year's mostly predictable, if perfectly respectable, lineup: Major Lazer; Kings of Leon; Ellie Goulding; Deadmau5; Florence & the Machine; Vince Staples; Earth, Wind & Fire; Fetty Wap; Of Monsters & Men; Mumford & Sons; and scores more. (855-281-4898, fireflyfestival.com ) XPoNential Music Festival (July 22-24, Camden Waterfront) The WXPN-FM (88.5)
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