September 21, 2008 |
John Pennink, 78, a retired concert pianist, died of a heart attack Aug. 31 at his home in Huntingdon Valley. Mr. Pennink survived World War II as a teenager hiding with his family in Indonesia. Mr. Pennink, who studied music in The Hague and Paris, ceased performing 20 years ago. His last solo concert was in the late 1970s at the University of Pennsylvania, his son Mark said, though "in the mid-'80s there were some benefit concerts . . . on the property at his house. " Mr. Pennink's father was a Dutch colonial official who died in a concentration camp after the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia.
April 6, 1991 |
For a man who has long since lost count of the sheer number of concerts he has played, Mieczyslaw Horszowski seems bent on increasing the number beyond imagination. The 98-year-old pianist played his annual Carnegie Hall recital March 24. He will play a recital to benefit the Mozart on the Square festival at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Holy Trinity, and will appear April 13 at the Settlement Music School in a memorial concert for the Brazilian composer Walter Burle Marx.
May 18, 1998 |
Piano giant Eddie Palmieri can take one of two approaches in connecting with his audience. Usually, his shows are a combination of both, a strong integration of the elemental African-Latin dance rhythms of salsa and a series of iconoclastic, percussive piano explorations. But during his two sets Saturday night at the Trocadero, the last in the Painted Bride Art Center's "Onda Latina" series, he did little to burn the paint off the walls. Sure, there were a few magical piano moments.
September 29, 1989 |
Cal Massey knew about the oneness of art and music early on, but it took a hitch in the Air Force to drive home the real connection. A first cousin to the other Calvin Massey, the legendary Philadelphia composer and bandleader, this 18-year-old visual artist from Darby, Pa., was crazy to learn the piano. So he struck a deal with two of his barracks mates, one a jazz pianist, one a classical player. In return for their showing him how to play three chords a day, he agreed each day to draw pictures of pin-up girls to hang over their bunks.
November 12, 2010 |
James Simmons, 63, a Philadelphia jazz pianist known as a quintessential accompanist, died Friday, Nov. 5, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania of cardiac arrest after surgery. Known as Sid, Mr. Simmons was a pianist at three of the city's major jazz clubs. He was in the house band at the former Ortlieb's Jazzhaus in Northern Liberties and a frequent sideman at Chris' Jazz Cafe on Sansom Street just west of Broad Street and at the former Zanzibar Blue in the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue.
April 3, 2006 |
It seemed as if pianist Hiromi Uehara and her bassist, Tony Grey, were way, way out of sync during a show at Zanzibar Blue. At the end of the first movement of an ambitious suite, Hiromi tapped out a series of eighth- and 16th notes, then hitting one note insistently, almost incessantly. Then Grey entered the space Hiromi occupied, but his notes, meant to mirror hers, were way out of tune. Hiromi seemed to be angry, continuing to hit her note as if to chastise her bassist and looking intently at him. Were we about to witness a band meltdown on the stage late Friday night?
January 12, 2012
Bulgarian-born French pianist Alexis Weissenberg, 82, whose love of music saved him and his mother from a World War II concentration camp and carried him to performances with Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, has died. Bulgaria's Ministry of Culture on Monday confirmed the death of Mr. Weissenberg, who was born into a Jewish family in the capital, Sofia, but spent most of his life abroad and became a French citizen. An only child, Mr. Weissenberg recalled sharing "musical joys" learning piano and listening to recordings and concerts with his mother, before studying piano with a famous Bulgarian composer, Pancho Vladigerov.
May 21, 1989 |
Sandy Ross of Upper Darby, a retired pianist who entertained senior citizens at the Upper Darby Multi-Service Center, died May 10 at Haverford Community Hospital in Havertown. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in Upper Darby for the last five years. A professional concert pianist, Mr. Ross played at various supper clubs throughout the country before his semiretirement five years ago. He performed at the All Society Patio Hotel in West Hampton Beach, N.Y., where he was described as the "pianist with the gold fingers.
January 28, 2000 |
Frederick H. Shimmin, 83, a popular area musician, died of respiratory failure Sunday at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center/Cherry Hill. He had lived in Somerdale since 1972, and was born and raised in Haddonfield. Mr. Shimmin, a pianist, led a quartet for more than 60 years. He retired about four years ago. Mr. Shimmin was the first of five children, all of them musically gifted. His only piano teacher was his grandmother, recalled his brother Bill, a pianist and a retired high school music teacher.
May 9, 1986 |
Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Sandor joined the Liberty Bell Trio for a disappointing chamber concert at the Academy of Music Ballroom Wednesday night. Sandor occupied the entire first half. At its best, his playing impressed as being unpretentious and exciting; but at its worst - and, sadly, it was more often on this end of the scale than the other - it sounded rushed, unfeeling and downright sloppy. This pianist has produced several fine, thoughtful recordings over the years, so it was curious to hear the kind of offhand, once-over-lightly quality that characterized much of his work Wednesday.