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January 15, 2016 | Peter Dobrin, Staff Writer
Opera Philadelphia has landed a $2.5 million grant for its upstart opera festival, pithily dubbed O, putting the total raised at $12.5 million toward a $15 million goal the company hopes to reach by May 31. The grant, from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, based in Miami, is one of the largest ever to the company, which plans to launch the first iteration of the festival in 2017. The Knight Foundation money will be applied to programing. It will also help establish a new ticketing system that will allow the company to withdraw as a partner in the Ticket Philadelphia consortium, used by several arts groups, most of them centered at the Kimmel Center.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | BY KRISTEN A. GRAHAM, Staff Writer
THE PHILADELPHIa School District has a new chief financial officer. Uri Monson, now the top finance official for Montgomery County, will move into the long-vacant Philadelphia job next month. He will be paid $190,000 to manage the district's $3.2 billion budget. Superintendent William Hite said the district, which lost former CFO Matt Stanski at the end of the last school year, needs "a strong, thoughtful, and steady approach to its finances, given the instability of revenues.
NEWS
January 11, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney slipped rather quietly into the basement room of Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, where dozens of children and adults, Muslims, Jews, Christians - and probably an atheist or two - were busy wielding paint brushes Saturday, rolling out clay, and cutting and decorating unfired tiles. People were dabbing paint onto sections of fabric that, within the next several months, will cover the mosque's huge north wall with colorful geometric designs and faux arches - a complement to the murals and tiles created in 2004 that now cover the mosque's front facade and part of its south wall.
NEWS
January 11, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
For Philadelphia Orchestra principal trumpeter David Bilger, the chance to help arrived as a friend request. AhmadBaset Azizi approached Bilger on Facebook about a year and a half ago with an intriguing overture: Could he study with Bilger - via video, online, from Afghanistan? Bilger agreed. It turns out that the 17-year-old Kabul musician has been making contacts all over the world, and now his drive and winsome way are paying off. Azizi will spend his last year of high school in northwest Michigan, at the well-regarded Interlochen Arts Academy, starting this fall - if money can be found.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
For the first time, one editor will oversee The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. Stan Wischnowski will take over as the company's executive editor, Terry Egger, publisher and CEO of Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of the three properties, announced Thursday. William K. Marimow, editor of The Inquirer; Michael Days, editor of the Daily News; and Eric Ulken, who oversees PMN's digital news operations, already were reporting to Wischnowski in his role as vice president of news operations.
SPORTS
January 9, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff WRiter
Walter Thurmond can guess where he falls on the Eagles' to-do list. They must hire a head coach and determine their schemes. There's a big decision to be made at quarterback with Sam Bradford and other demands that require salary-cap space. The list of offseason priorities is long. But at some point, the Eagles will decide what to do about their starting safety, who becomes a free agent on March 9. "I'd say there's more priorities than myself at the moment that I know where I fall in line," Thurmond said.
SPORTS
January 8, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
Mike Piazza's election to baseball's Hall of Fame Wednesday completes a curiously connected trinity of locally born Dodgers. He now joins Roy Campanella and Tommy Lasorda as the last link in a chain that began more than a half-century ago in Brooklyn. Like Piazza, the manager who had a brief mid-'50s career as a pitcher was born in Norristown. One of his closest friends was Vince Piazza, his future catcher's father and another Norristown native. It's that Norristown connection, as much as anything, that Piazza can credit for his big-league career, not to mention his Hall of Fame selection.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | BY JULIE SHAW, Staff Writer
KORINNE DENNIS grew up with a single mother. They moved around a lot and lived on welfare. She was raised in part by her grandmother and older cousins. As an eighth-grader at Conwell Middle School in Kensington, Dennis learned about Philadelphia Futures' Sponsor-a-Scholar Program from a guidance counselor who encouraged her to apply when she got to high school. Dennis did so during her freshman year at Lincoln High School in Mayfair. Now 26, and a program manager at the Eagles Youth Partnership, Dennis credits much of her success to Philadelphia Futures, which serves low-income students who are the first generation in their families to go to college.
ENTERTAINMENT
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Fabio Luisi and Christian Tetzlaff perform Tchaikovsky on Thursday through Saturday at the Kimmel Center. Information: 215-893-1999 or www.philorch.org .
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