June 28, 2005 |
Onstage at The Fantasticks at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio, there's musical history on the periphery: harpist Walter Pfeil. Soon to turn 80, the trim, dapper, bearded Pfeil performed with the original cast of the forever-running musical 45 years ago at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York's Greenwich Village. Pfeil was only a temporary replacement during the original harpist's vacation in 1960. But he wasn't an anonymous pit musician; this chamber-size musical makes the harp a key part of the show's atmosphere and is as visible as the onstage characters.
April 3, 2011 |
WILMINGTON - One gray afternoon last week, a mural depicting four musicians with connections to Delaware's principal city - trumpeter Clifford Brown, guitarist David Bromberg, reggae icon Bob Marley, and bandleader Cab Calloway - urged Wilmingtonians to "celebrate the music and soul of our city. " Amid the Market Street mix of tech-company start-ups and shut-down storefronts, hopeful clothing boutiques and pawnshops, there weren't enough pedestrians to initiate even the most meager of celebrations.
July 31, 2003
READING your article on Smith Playground brought me to tears. As a child we went to the playground weekly - and it was a fun place to go for free. We had my sister's birthday parties there for seven years straight. My father played there as a child. The city wants to build a new playground, but we don't need a new one. Donate to the one that has been in Philadelphia for over a century. We can start by helping raise the money to save Smith Playground and discuss proper investment strategies for the future so that this will not happen when my children want to take their children there.
February 5, 2005 |
The Hit Factory - the famed Manhattan music studio where John Lennon spent his last hours, Bruce Springsteen laid down tracks for "Born in the U.S.A.," and Whitney Houston hit her highest notes - is shutting its doors. Doomed by the digital revolution, the rock 'n' roll temple's owners said this week they will move their West 54th Street headquarters to a smaller facility in Miami within a month. Music producer Jerry Ragovoy opened the studio on West 48th Street in 1968, initially as a place in the city where his own artists could record.
January 11, 1999 |
Alda Florence Poindexter, 95, a prominent accompanist and music teacher, died after a brief illness Saturday at Presbyterian Medical Center. Mrs. Poindexter was the mother of veteran KYW-TV journalist Malcolm Poindexter Jr. Born in Southwest Philadelphia, Mrs. Poindexter taught piano and accompanied major choral organizations such as the Loreleis, the Little Opera Guild, the Choristers, the Poindexter Singers, and the Philadelphia Male Chorus....
September 22, 2000 |
Afro-Cuban folklore, music and religion is full of the veneration - and, sometimes, parody - of elders. So when 92-year-old Havana musician Compay Segundo suddenly hunched over to transform himself from dignified, courtly performer into exaggeratedly frail old man while singing religious songs of Yoruba and Nanigo origin, the device resonated on several levels. Compay, who sang and played his modified guitar, the armonico, for 90 minutes at the Mann Music Center Wednesday night, made a deep connection by adopting the negro viejo persona.
February 17, 1998 |
The boys choir of Leipzig's St. Thomas Church - Bach's church - continued its first American tour Sunday with a program reflecting its deep immersion in its own musical history. Singing on Sunday for an overflow audience at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square, the ensemble offered Bach and Mendelssohn, but sang two pieces by contemporary composers, as well. This choir comprises boys who live and study at the church's school, devoting full time to music and singing.
September 17, 2003 |
RED. That's the first color I think of when I think of the Man in Black. Red was the color of the Columbia Records labels on my grandparents' Johnny Cash records. You might wonder what a lesbian who was born and raised in South Jersey has to do with Johnny Cash, the country music superstar who died Friday at 71. Well, my story probably is like that of a lot of kids who lived through the '60s, gay and straight. Growing up, my brother and I often slept over at my grandparents' while my parents went off and did whatever parents do when the kids aren't around.
October 24, 1986 |
Bobby Scott is not a name the masses will instantly recognize, yet just about everyone has heard the music he has been associated with over the years. Remember a song called "Chain Gang"? That's a tough one, since it goes back about 30 years, but it happened to be a hit record for Scott. Then there was the song "A Taste of Honey. " Martin Denny's orchestra won a Grammy with it as best instrumental theme of 1962, and three years later, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass won three more Grammys, including one for record of the year.
August 3, 1986 |
In the old, tranquil Andy Hardy films, way before the blood-surging palpitations that accompany such films as Jaws I and II, Mickey Rooney would smile, exposing lots of wholesome white teeth, and say something nonchalant like: "Hey, gang, let's put on a show. " What followed would become musical history. In those good old days, Rooney and the gang could whip up a spectacular worthy of Broadway as easily as real kids could drink lemonade on a hot, muggy day. They did it in practically every other film in the series, didn't they?