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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.
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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.
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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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August 14, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Get a good look at Danny Kean - pounding the keys as his dog, Mo, snoozes atop his piano, jammed in the bed of his old red pickup truck. Because he won't be in Philadelphia for long. Gray-haired and goateed, Kean may be the last of the hard-core troubadours. He talks fast, thinks deep, and moves on. He has no home, no job, and no money. What he's got is a 1987 Toyota, three-quarters of a tank of gas, and a belief that bringing piano music to people across the continent affords them, and him, a certain kind of enlightenment.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2015 | By Bruce Klauber, For The Inquirer
Some call it a house party, others a "sing-in. " Whatever it's called, the musical event that goes on every Tuesday at D'Angelo's Ristorante Italiano in Center City is hard to fit into two words. Certainly there are other open-mic sessions out there, but none just like this, the only one of its kind in Center City. Every Tuesday night for five years, an accomplished pianist/accompanist named Tom Adams, who has worked closely with the likes of Bette Midler and Cybill Shepherd, accompanies a group of singers, mainly amateur and semipros, who sing songs from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway musicals past and present.
NEWS
July 26, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Funeral services are scheduled Saturday, July 25, for Nicholas Monatesti, 75, formerly of Philadelphia, who died Friday, June 19, of a stroke at Flagstaff (Ariz.) Medical Center. Services are to begin at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, 3205 Chesterfield Rd. Inurnment will be later. Mr. Monatesti lived in Downingtown from 1975 until 1983, moving to Lititz, Pa., and, later, Philadelphia. A little more than a year ago, he moved to Flagstaff, seeking good weather and mountain vistas, and to be closer to his son, Anthony "A.J.
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Muriel Boushell Graham, 90, formerly of Pennsauken, a pianist for Haddonfield Plays and Players productions in the 1970s and 1980s, died at her home in Simpsonville, S.C., on Wednesday, March 4. A memorial service has been set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at St. Peter's Church, 1 Hartford Rd., Medford. Mrs. Graham was known most recently as the pianist at Inn Philadelphia, a piano bar on Camac Street between Spruce and Locust Streets in Center City, where she worked from the late 1990s to 2005, when she moved to South Carolina, daughter Michelle Dilger said.
NEWS
May 5, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU NEEDED musical entertainment for a special event, Anthony White would have been your man. Anthony was a child prodigy on the piano, and in later years he was in demand everywhere, from funeral homes to churches to the performance halls where he opened for some of Philly's outstanding musicians. "Anthony was always willing to play for any event you asked," his family said. Anthony Rayvon White, who formerly worked for the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office and the University of Pennsylvania Science Center, a king of the barbecue grill who loved to entertain, died April 23 after a brief illness.
NEWS
May 3, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
The sheer number of songs in I Love a Piano wouldn't surprise an Irving Berlin scholar - but their power and number astounded in Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley's musical tribute. More than 50 selections from Berlin's songbook fill the delightful 95-minute production at the Walnut Street Independence Studio on 3. With a cast led by Ellie Mooney and Owen Pelesh, these songs soared, charmed with their winsomeness, and reminded listeners - with a nostalgic sense of loss - of the age in which Berlin wrote the lyrics and music for most of his greatest hits.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
NEW YORK - The public may go gaga for the museum designs of Frank Gehry, but museum directors prefer Renzo Piano, the Italian minimalist who just completed an expansive new home for the Whitney Museum of American Art overlooking the High Line. Since partnering with Richard Rogers in the '70s on the crayon-colored Pompidou Center in Paris, Piano's firm has gone on to create well over two dozen art museums. In America, the notches on his belt include major designs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth, Texas.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
Harvey D. Wedeen, 87, of Center City, chairman of the keyboard department at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance for nearly five decades and a force behind starting many of the school's degree programs, died Friday, March 13, at home. Mr. Wedeen became a faculty member at Temple in 1964, and was director of the well-regarded Temple University Music Institute at Ambler from 1971 to 1975 and the music festival's artistic director in 1974 and 1975. He helped establish the school's doctoral program in performance; the master's program in accompanying and chamber music; master's programs in piano performance and pedagogy; the Center City Temple Prep; and a program to bring free music lessons to local children.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
At 21 years of age, Ariana Grande - a four-octave light lyric soprano dubbed the "mini-Mariah" - has the world on a string, a notion she blithely, but solidly, embraced while singing and dancing in front of a sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Grande is a Broadway veteran and has long been a staple of Nickelodeon children's television as Cat Valentine, an adored character in two different series inspiring her young girl fans (and their mothers) to wear lit-up cat ears, just as she does on stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Pianist Marcus Roberts is known for many things: a genius skill that makes him the logical successor to Thelonious Monk's wild style (with a lot of Fats Waller in his stride), an immense love of the blues, technological innovations in regard to composing for the blind, and a soulful sense of tradition and invention. Roberts is also renowned for developing a philosophy in which, in a trio setting, the bass and drums are equal to his piano. Drummer Jason Marsalis and bassist Rodney Jordan are featured equally with the bandleader and are just as liable to set the temperature and mood of a particular performance as is the pianist.
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