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May 6, 1991 | By Peter Dobrin, Special to The Inquirer
The Eaken Piano Trio brought two fascinating yet incomplete works to the Fleisher Art Memorial yesterday afternoon. The first, a movement from Rebecca Clarke's Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, we can only hope was a kind of tease for another concert - when the musicians will play the entire work. The second, by Philadelphia composer Margaret Garwood, was commissioned last year by the trio and has yet to be finished. For the first two movements of her Hommages, Garwood chose to pay tribute to composers Olivier Messiaen and Alberto Ginastera.
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November 14, 1988 | By Charles McCurdy, Special to the Inquirer
Beethoven's Sonata in A major (Op. 47), known as the Kreutzer sonata, a looming presence in the Highlands Duo repertoire, was the peak at the end of the trail at a recital on Saturday at the Germantown branch of the Settlement Music School. The violinist and pianist, however, made their most dramatic musical statements earlier. Violinist Kate Ransom and pianist Anthony Sirianni billed the concert as a Carnegie Hall preview. Their debut is set for Feb. 4. Ransom and Sirianni met in 1984 at the Highlands Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina (hence the name)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1992 | By Faith Quintavell, FOR THE INQUIRER
Tori Amos is a lucky woman. Many talented pop singer-songwriters and pianists never work with a band or producer who can assist in creating an album as dynamic and chilling as Amos' Little Earthquakes (Atlantic), released last year. Amos also found a director capable of producing a music video that grabbed four nominations at this year's MTV awards. Tuesday's concert at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, the first of two sold-out nights that featured only Amos and her piano, made it evident how important those people were in launching her career.
NEWS
November 28, 1989 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
After a tender, Chet Baker-influenced reading of "Where or When" in which his ruminative vocals were supported by appropriately shaded piano chords, Harry Connick Jr. told Sunday's near-capacity crowd at the Academy of Music that he didn't fully consider the song's lyric until his 38th attempt to record it for the When Harry Met Sally . . . soundtrack. This may have seemed an endearing confession to the majority of the crowd, which was wild about 22-year-old Harry - his Armani suit, his suave patter, his Sinatra affectations, his piano theatrics, his boyish New Orleans charm.
NEWS
September 27, 1996 | by Al Hunter Jr., Daily News Staff Writer
JAVON JACKSON QUARTET. Blue Moon Jazz Cafe and Restaurant, The Bourse Building, 4th Street between Market and Chestnut. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20. Info: 215-413-2272. As the tide of young neo-traditional jazz saxophonists ebbs, those left ashore face a problem: How to grow musically, yet be unique among the dozens of sax players out there. Javon Jackson is at this stage, and the 30-year-old with the unadorned style has selected a piano-less quartet as the vehicle with which to experiment.
NEWS
October 14, 2003 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Though not rare, Christoph Eschenbach's returns to the keyboard - his first career - are infrequent and special occasions indeed. On piano, he practices his art under circumstances more circumscribed than when conducting, and with a bristling brinksmanship inherent to challenging repertoire prepared in an inevitably limited time between conducting assignments. The young Eschenbach triumphed with intimidating repertoire, but the pianist-turned-conductor took on a piece that was in some ways as difficult on Sunday in a Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music concert.
NEWS
January 25, 1992 | By Lesley Valdes, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Violinists - but few others - know the Camille Saint Saens Sonata No. 1 in D minor (Op. 75) - a handsome structure, whose flamboyance is supported by technical terrors. Jascha Heifetz made it one of his many signature pieces, and his interpretation is as good a reason as any that it is so seldom heard on the concert stage. After his Olympian perfectionism, who would dare? Cho-Liang Lin dared Thursday night at the Port of History Museum during a duo recital with pianist Andre-Michel Schub presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1994 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Danilo Perez makes his own opportunities. Playing Thursday evening at the Meiji-En restaurant, the pianist surprised his audience by adding an extra beat to the five-note, two-measure clave rhythm at the heart of most Afro-Latin music. Such heresy! Compositions that use 5/4 time signatures are more common in Bulgaria than Latin America. But Perez, who employed the device on "The Voyage," sees that fifth beat as a way to create even more permutations in his rhythmic explorations.
NEWS
April 24, 2004 | By David Iams FOR THE INQUIRER
Beginning with three sales today, auctions over the next few days will offer rich opportunities to bid on dolls, glassware, Bucks County arts and crafts, and a miniature piano that once belonged to comedian Jimmy Durante. The piano, a so-called Tom Thumb, will be offered by Bonnie Brae Auction at one of today's sales, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the gallery on Route 724 in Spring City. It originally was in Palumbo's, the South Philadelphia restaurant that once was as famous as Durante himself until it was destroyed by fire a decade ago. Auctioneer Dana Knowlton expects it to sell for $4,500 on account of its provenance.
NEWS
August 26, 1988 | By NELS NELSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Lou Stein played piano in Billy Krechmer's house band for six or eight months bridging the years 1940-1941. He was 18 or 19 at the time and full of the urgent priorities of youth. He was a hard swinger in the rhythmic sense, long on intuition and flexibility, very insightful about the music of the day. Now, from the far reaches of nearly five decades, Lou Stein considers his fleeting apprenticeship in Krechmer's claustrophobic gin mill at 1627 Ranstead St. a period of great value to his musical development.
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June 17, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Corbett Lunsford played piano for ballerinas; Grace Lunsford was a singer and dancer. As for Nanette Lunsford, well, she's only 3 months old and spends her days being adorable, though teething has made her just a bit fussy. Through Saturday, they're making their home in the parking lot of Sanders Home Services' new showroom on Black Horse Pike in Washington Township. It's on wheels and all of 200 square feet, but the Lunsfords' is not your typical "tiny" house. It is, in fact, a "Tiny House Lab," which they built themselves and are using to bring the message of performance testing to American homeowners.
NEWS
May 22, 2016
Grand memorial. One of the more ambitious projects in the final seasons of the Philadelphia Singers under David Hayes was the 1958 Randall Thompson Requiem, a recording of which, made a year before the 2015 disbanding, is just out now on the Naxos label. This unaccompanied work for double choir has a freewheeling range of texts, traditional and otherwise, with music that certainly defies Thompson's image as a feet-on-the-ground Aaron Copland-era composer. At times, you wonder what Thompson was thinking by writing some of the more animated (and hard to tune)
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Given all that's transpired in Atlantic City since the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority optimistically envisioned creating a neighborhood near what was then the Revel Casino, and moved to take the property of the celebrated piano tuner and eminent domain fighter Charles Birnbaum, a Superior Court judge on Tuesday asked the agency to justify the seizure. What was its plan? What money did it propose using, especially since the Legislature is considering adopting an aid plan for near-bankrupt Atlantic City that would divert a key revenue source of the CRDA, the 1.5 percent Alternate Investment Tax collected from the casinos?
NEWS
April 25, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Before middle-class Americans started dropping wads of money on cars, they used their disposable income to buy pianos. A sign of status and culture, a piano was often a family's most expensive and prized possession. By 1890, the United States was the world's largest manufacturer of the instruments, exporting them far and wide. In Philadelphia, Chestnut Street was the place to go if you wanted a fine keyboard. Before the piano craze peaked in the 1930s, there were 13 stores selling uprights and grands between Sixth and 23rd Streets.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2016
It may still be a bit too chilly to nap on the beach in Cape May, but the Exit Zero Jazz Festival offers a swinging kickoff to summer. This year's spring edition offers a typically diverse lineup, ranging from straight-ahead jazz to classic blues and soul and New Orleans grooves. Here are some highlights to lure you to the Shore a few weekends early: Joey Alexander. The Indonesian-born piano prodigy, 12, amazed the Cape May audience last year with an opening set. He returns with a pair of Grammy nominations and a 60 Minutes profile under his belt.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Jules Massenet's 1887 opera Werther arises from a world so alien to our own that every theatrical means possible is needed to convincingly create a world where people get married to uphold a deathbed promise, causing everybody to end up miserable or dead. So was Academy of Vocal Arts mildly deluded on Saturday to think its young singers could navigate such psychological depths? That the opera's aura can be conjured from piano (rather than orchestral) accompaniment? AVA functions to give its post-graduate singers the assignments they need for their development.
NEWS
February 7, 2016
It's a Piano World. Mark Ainley collects minutiae. If you want to know where Benno Moiseiwitsch recorded Chopin on Jan. 11, 1952, Ainley can tell you not only that it was at Abbey Road Studio No. 3, but also that the pianist was using the same Steinway with which Alfred Cortot and Dinu Lipatti recorded. Ainsley's Piano Files Facebook page is a prolific journal of generously shared information, as well as rare audio clips of a beautifully curated collection of pianists like Harold Bauer, Jascha Spivakovsky, Maryla Jonas, and Josef Hofmann.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
'Sutter fell in the well," a character says early in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson . Wilson, who died soon after completing his Century Cycle (10 plays about African American life in each decade of the 20th century), wrote that line, and then wondered, "Who's Sutter?" Such are the mysterious workings of the creative process. Sutter, it turns out, is a ghost who haunts a family. It is 1936. The place, as it almost always is in Wilson's plays, is his own neighborhood, Pittsburgh's Hill District.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, STAFF MUSIC CRITIC
Bass-baritone Eric Owens, one of Philadelphia's great performing arts success stories, sets such a high standard in opera you have to respect the kinds of recital risks heard on Sunday at the Kimmel Center. As risks will, they had varying degrees of success. Titled Eric Owens and Friends, the concert was presented by the Curtis Institute of Music (from which he graduated in 1995) and wasn't just a showcase for his godlike voice, which can be scaled down to an intense whisper. Four other current Curtis students (who are more like young professionals)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
If you want to hear the piano talent of tomorrow, you might press your ear to the wall of Eleanor Sokoloff's studio. In pedagogical tones that manage to be both sharp and warmly supportive, Sokoloff flourishes as one of the Curtis Institute of Music's busier piano professors. She's 101 years old. No eavesdropping was necessary Sunday afternoon. Eight current and former Sokoloff students stepped onto the stage of the Barnes Foundation's small auditorium to pay tribute. What is it like to study with Sokoloff?
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