July 3, 2014 |
The Prince Music Theater will close its doors and cease to exist as a cultural institution Nov. 30 unless new leadership takes on the expense and work of keeping it alive, its current leaders say. With the death in May of meat-processing entrepreneur and philanthropist Herb Lotman, the Prince lost its board chairman and chief fund-raiser. His widow, Karen Lotman, and their family are not interested in continuing his role in remaking and running the theater since it emerged from bankruptcy auction in January 2013.
July 2, 2014 |
I went to the land of the ice and snow with the midnight sun where the hot springs flow. Touching down in Reykjavik, Iceland, days before the summer solstice, I couldn't but echo Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," with Robert Plant's ululations accompanied by images of animated kittens on a Viking ship from a viral video etched in my Internet-addled brain. I was in the northernmost capital in the world along with a WXPN World Café Live Travel Adventure. XPN's cultural trips have previously gone to Cuba, Brazil, New Orleans, and other locales, bringing members along for the recording of the David Dye-hosted World Café "Sense of Place" series.
June 30, 2014 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - By the time Kevin Allred walked in, his students had just finished discussing the day's reading on black feminism and Billie Holiday, had tied the ideas to some of Beyoncé's work, and had begun analyzing the identity politics in her songs and videos. For what looks at first glance like just a fun undergraduate class at Rutgers University on the reigning queen of pop, his students sure were going above and Beyoncé. As Kanye West rapped in the background, Allred began discussing his latest album, Yeezus , comparing it with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy ("So good")
June 27, 2014 |
It ain't about juice boxes and bunnies. This weekend, Kids Corner debuts KindieComm at World Cafe Live, a showcase for "kindie" music (independent music for today's kids), a surprisingly complex sound that applies singer-songwriter tools to themes crucial to listeners 10 and under. It's a gathering of independent kindie-biz types, musicians, and groupies. Saturday's an industry huddle. But Sunday is a public musicfest starring Dan Zanes, Lucky Diaz, and other lions of the kindie kingdom.
June 25, 2014 |
THERE MAY BE some grumbling in the ranks of the Philadelphia Orchestra tonight, Ben Folds anticipates, when the sophisticated singer-songwriter/pianist, professorial talent judge ("The Sing-Off") and fledgling concerto composer meets up with our legendary symphony. "The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience" at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts will feature excerpts from Folds' new (first!) concerto, a big bunch of his pop gems - and one of the best and most serious backup bands in the world.
June 24, 2014 |
DOVER, Del. - While they waited for the transcendent moment to arrive - Andre 3000 of OutKast, performing "Hey Ya!" at the apex of the reunited Atlanta rappers' headlining set on Saturday at the Firefly Music Festival - the 80,000 music fans gathered at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway for the weekend had plenty of diversions to occupy their time. Firefly, which has doubled in size since its inception in 2012, got underway this year Thursday with 20,000 campers set up for a low-key opening featuring California indie-rock band Local Natives and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Amos Lee. On Friday, the fest - which has expanded on 154 bucolic, if a bit dusty, acres - revved up with rock headliners Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters, whose leader, Dave Grohl, pleased the Delaware crowd with tales of Rehoboth Beach vacations, and an encore featuring Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper covers.
June 22, 2014 |
Clyde R. "Bud" Dengler, 83, of Lititz, Pa., formerly of Newtown Square, a longtime music teacher and conductor, died Sunday, June 1, of pneumonia at Moravian Manor in Lititz. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Dengler graduated from Upper Darby High School and received bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from the University of Pennsylvania. He also was certified as a school administrator. He began his teaching career at Garrettford Elementary School in Upper Darby. During this time, he led 14 sixth graders known as the "Little Big Toppers" on a 33-week TV show for CBS in Philadelphia, doing commercials for the CBS lineup.
June 21, 2014 |
With the additional sunlight of summer's solstice beaming throughout the waking hours of June 21, expect the year's longest day (into night) to be crammed tight with melody, harmony, and rhythm, if give "Make Music Philly" has any say in your affairs. Not to be confused with the Kimmel Center's annual, experimental music "Solstice in the City" party, the WXPN-hosted "Make Music Philly" is a free, all-day-all-night affair (based on the precepts of France's National Music Day, with participating cities across the globe)
June 20, 2014
THE IDEA of "Broadway on the Boardwalk" has been a staple of the Atlantic City casino era. For decades, gaming halls have staged both Broadway-themed revues and actual musicals, from full-blown renditions to "tab shows" truncated to get gamblers back to the casinos within 90 minutes. But the Broadway-to-Boardwalk blueprint will be taken to unprecedented levels next month as the Atlantic City Alliance - the town's casino-funded marketing agency - stages a series of free Monday night concerts on the Great Wood Way. What makes the program dubbed (what else?
June 20, 2014 |
The Chester County piano teacher accused last week of sexually assaulting three students was charged Wednesday with showing nude pictures to three others, prosecutors said. Mike Noone, first assistant district attorney, said the parents of the three other children - all boys - contacted officials after seeing news coverage of Anton Fomin's arrest. Fomin, 44, of East Pikeland Township, was charged last Thursday with sexually assaulting three 6-year-olds, one boy and two girls, he taught at the Malvern School of Music.