January 27, 1988 |
"Their music is very emotional. It makes me jump up and down. " You might think MaryEllen Morris is talking about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. After all, she is 16, and 16-year-olds are immersed in the pop culture. Actually, she's referring to those German Romantic guys, Beethoven and Brahms. Morris is more than just an aficionado of the classics. She's a cellist, and one of 17 South Jersey teenagers in this year's edition of the prestigious Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.
May 13, 1992 |
The maestro, Joseph Primavera, told the young performers that this would be a low-key, no-pressure, fun rehearsal. Then he started yelling at them. But the kids didn't seem to mind. They seemed, in fact, to be having a fine time sight-reading their way through Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor (From the New World). "This is fun for them," Primavera said later. "Musicians love to play, but they hate to practice. So, when they have been working especially hard, I give them a break and let them play.
March 25, 1998 |
Sharing Violinists Sang Jang (left) of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Booker Rowe of the Philadelphia Orchestra share a music stand yesterday during a joint rehearsal at the Academy of Music designed to give the young musicians a chance to play side-by-side with, and learn from, the professionals.
October 19, 2006 |
Joseph Primavera, 80, music director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra for 51 years, died of lung cancer Saturday at home in Upper Darby. The son of a violin maker who grew up in South Philadelphia, he was exposed to great music early and by the age of 6 began formal studies under noted local violinists Guido and Joseph Terranova, and later with Sacha Jacobinoff. By the time he graduated from Central High School in 1943, he had earned enough college credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree in music.
March 20, 2016
On March 11, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) hosted a gala dinner and concert while also celebrating its 76th season. Held at the Union League in Philadelphia, more than 170 attendees showed their support at an evening that began with a reception, art show, and sale followed by dinner in the Grand Ballroom and a concert in the Lincoln Room. Guests were treated to performances by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Bravo Brass, and Tune Up Philly, with students ranging in age from 6 to 21. A dessert reception and return to the art show and sale at Studio Incamminati rounded out the evening.
December 1, 2012 |
For Delia Raab-Snyder, the process of learning and playing an instrument is about community. "We wanted to make music a social activity," said Raab-Snyder, "because it is. " The director of Tune Up Philly, an after-school music-enrichment program, said: "It shouldn't be something that you sit in your room all day and do by yourself. We want future students to see that their friends are playing and that those friends are playing for the entire school at the concert and then performing for the church next door, and say, 'If they can do it, then so can I.' " Tune Up Philly is one of five ensembles of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, an independent outreach program.
March 23, 1987 |
It was a chance for South to meet West - for music aficionados to honor traditional European music and simultaneously honor South America's influence on that music. It was a chance for players of classical strings and horns to appreciate the earthy, guttural sounds of the steel drum. A hybrid audience of classical music patrons and samba enthusiasts kept the beat as local samba groups performed during an afternoon fiesta yesterday at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel. The Latin American-style banquet was a benefit for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, to raise money for a forthcoming South American tour.
November 4, 2011 |
Bubble artist and performer Fan Yang will bring his Gazillion Bubble Show to the Merriam Theater on Saturday and Sunday. Families can watch Yang, the creator of the production who has also set 17 Guinness World Records, transform his bubble tricks and skills into a theatrical show with laser lights. The self-described bubble scientist, who has been performing more than 20 years, will fascinate with all kinds of bubbles - bouncing, floating, tiny, gigantic - and extract them from one another without bursting them.
April 13, 2012 |
Dia del Niño, meaning "day of the child," will be an international celebration of children through Latin culture on Saturday at Please Touch Museum. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will themed music, dance, theater, and crafts offered at the museum. At 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., children's singer Louie Miranda will perform folk songs in English and Spanish. Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders and the football team's mascot, Swoop, will give a special presentation at noon. At 2 p.m., visitors can get their groove on while learning the art of stepping.
March 12, 1993 |
"There's a certain kind of music called festival music. It's for big massed forces you don't get to hear much anymore," says Irvin S. Yeaworth, director of the Wayne Concert Series. The series, now in its 14th season, usually is at the Church of Our Saviour in Wayne, but the church is not big enough to hold all 120 members of Singing City chorus and the 110 members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, which will perform together on Saturday night. So the event has been moved to Girard Chapel of Girard College in Philadelphia, which Yeaworth pronounces one of the finest acoustical spaces for this kind of music in the city.