March 17, 1994 |
The two films everyone is talking about these days are "The Piano" and "Ace Ventura - Pet Detective. " No one is sure what "The Piano" really means, and no one is sure why "Ace Ventura" is so popular. Actually, the success of "Ace" is easy to explain. It's laugh-out-loud funny. But no one will admit to laughing once the lights come up in the theater, which is why this remains a great debate. The real question is this: Which misunderstood film is the masterpiece? You be the judge.
November 19, 1993 |
It takes an artist with Jane Campion's warp of mind and tilted perspectives to make a movie about a music lesson this recklessly romantic, offbeat and ecstatic. The Piano is nothing less than Campion's reimagining of "Little Red Riding Hood" - a fairy tale in which tiny, black-bonneted Holly Hunter kisses the Big Bad Wolf (Harvey Keitel) and turns him into a man. The Piano also strikes many other powerful chords. Shot in the rugged, muddy bush of Campion's native New Zealand and set in the mid-19th century, the film is about the encounter of several forces of nature with one singular force of nature, personified by Ada (Hunter)
November 19, 1993 |
No matter how well you think you know yourself, when it comes to romance you just never know who's going to tune your piano. This is no idle joke. It is - literally and figuratively - one of the themes at work in director Jane Campion's typically out-there new picture, "The Piano. " Holly Hunter stars as an obstinate 19th-century New Zealand widow promised, by her father, to a frontiersman (Sam Neill) in need of a wife. She goes willingly, taking her precocious 6-year-old daughter (Anna Paquin)
May 5, 2015 |
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.
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)
September 29, 1998 |
Pianist Charles Abramovic and friends got together to salute Temple composer Maurice Wright Sunday afternoon with a recital of Wright's music at Rock Hall on the Temple campus. One friend was Marshall Taylor, who plays the saxophone. The other was a computer. Sorry, the machine's moniker wasn't listed on the program, only its functions. It supplied the sounds for Wright's Chamber Symphony for Piano and Electronic Sound - and the synthesized sounds and images for his Taylor Series, which also includes piano and alto saxophone.
November 2, 2009 |
Kahlil is a happy, bright 5-year-old with a beautiful smile. Very friendly, he delights in having his picture taken showing his big dimples. He enjoys interacting with other children and with adults at home and in the community. Kahlil can be very active and independent. His foster mother describes him as a lovable, energetic, and curious little boy. He loves playing any type of sport, especially basketball and football. He also has a variety of other interests, including playing the piano, riding his bike, maneuvering his toy cars, being read to, attending Children's Church, and anything that involves Spider-Man.
September 30, 2009 |
Nate Polite and his friends were on a break, working in the summer gardening program at the R.W. Brown Community Center. Bored, and with few people around, the 17-year-old self-taught pianist took to his instrument. Sitting on the stage of the former auditorium-turned-cafeteria, he gently keyed Rihanna's "Unfaithful. " Passing through, director Barbara Hall stopped cold. "Nate!" Hall said. "When did you start playing piano? You take lessons? How did you learn that?" "I just listen to music," Nate said softly.
January 31, 1991 |
Wolfgang Sawallisch will demonstrate his multi-faceted musicianship on the podium and at the piano in the second of his two Philadelphia Orchestra weekends here this season. The orchestra's conductor-designate leads off with the baton in two Academy concerts, tomorrow and Saturday nights at 8. Following last week's superb all- Mozart programs, he has chosen two works by Antonin Dvorak complemented by Beethoven's Fourth Symphony. Soviet cellist Natalia Gutman will make her orchestra debut in Dvorak's romantic Cello Concerto, the most popular of its kind ever composed, and the Czech master's rare Symphonic Variations get a first orchestra reading as curtain-raiser.
May 18, 1989 |
Harry Connick Jr. can make you believe in reincarnation . . . and in the power of time-honored musical traditions to flourish anew. While his birth certificate indicates he was born just 21 years ago in New Orleans, Connick's phenomenally honed skills as a jazz pianist, his nice 'n' easy crooning, charming stage personality and soft-shoe hoofing suggest the seasoning of a talent two or three times his age. While he's already progressed far...