April 30, 2013
IT'S SPRING, AND along with the crocuses, something else is in bloom. Up and down the avenues and boulevards, after a winter of hibernation, sidewalk cafes have returned. They add color and life to city streets, all good. But a handful of arrogant businesses think they own the sidewalk, treat it as their personal for-profit turf. Such as Pizzicato, at the corner of 3rd and Market, a chronic offender that upped the ante last week by adding wood planters, actually creating a blockade of the Market Street sidewalk.
June 7, 2011 |
A richly curtained proscenium would have been all wrong, but the long, white, high-ceilinged room - once a fish refrigerator - was a provocative setting Sunday for the JACK Quartet's survey of the intricate, still music of the New York School. The players, ringed by listeners, played music by Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, John Cage - and Anton Webern - in the second American Sublime festival event, at the Crane Center in Northern Liberties. The program summarized the revolutionary thought of the mid-20th century, when composers rebelled against every element of Western music.
April 26, 2008 |
No one can accuse Vadim Repin of jumping the gun on an encore. Unlike some other soloists, whose encores are not quite justified by the enthusiasm or persistence of the audience, Repin disappeared for what seemed like a long minute after his Sibelius Violin Concerto Thursday night with the Philadelphia Orchestra, leaving the audience in a state of sustained anticipation. Maybe he was backstage gathering up two or three other violinists for an assist, since that's the only reasonable explanation for the flood of notes in Paganini's Introduction and Variations on "Nel cor pi? non mi sento" from Paisiello's "La molinara.
April 15, 2008 |
He seemed, at first, like one kind of cellist, and then another. Until the end of his Sunday afternoon recital at Independence Seaport Museum, when you realized that Jan Vogler was intent on crafting stylistic approaches so different to each composer, you might have been left searching for the musician's core personality. With sturdy and accommodating pianist Louis Lortie as his partner, the cellist with a sweet smile and a straight mop of sandy hair limited his range of colors in Beethoven's Sonata in A major (Op. 69)
January 21, 2000 |
By all accounts, Doug Wright is a pleasant, reasonably normal fellow. Put a writing implement at his command, though, and he becomes one weird, unsettling dude. Yet, although he pushes his characters into realms well beyond human understanding, he does so with a benign cheerfulness that makes standard responses such as fright or revulsion seem somehow too simple. In Quills, his play about the Marquis de Sade that the Wilma Theater produced three seasons back, the Marquis was such a charming chap that he forced you to reexamine your notions about the nature of evil.
December 7, 1999 |
David Baker likes to tease. He lays out a little Bill Evans piano part and then yanks it away. A pizzicato violin solo is sweet; before long, though, a shadow of dissonance begins to follow along in the piano part. But Roots II, played Sunday afternoon at the Philadelphia Orchestra's chamber-music series, is hardly schizophrenic. The five-movement work for violin, cello and piano is a masterpiece of fusion. Baker balances jazz and a modern classical idiom as skillfully as Bartok blended folk music into his musical language.
September 18, 1998 |
TOM TAKES HARRY'S Tom Cunningham, easy-going owner of the long-running Who's On Third, 700 S. 3rd St., plans to open Cunningham's Bar & Grill, 22 S. 18th St., in Harry's Bar & Grill's old digs, by mid-October. He's signed an agreement of sale with Harry's owner Kathleen Mulhern (now focused on just The Garden, 1617 Spruce St.) and is waiting on the liquor license OK so he can open his Irish hangout, serving reasonably priced pub fare and featuring a DJ and dancing upstairs three nights a week.
May 15, 1998 |
Bassist Cecil McBee possesses a strong sense of history - the history that helped mold him as well as the place he occupies in the history of jazz. McBee was born in 1935 in Tulsa, Okla., which, because of the booming oil industry, was an economic powerhouse despite the Depression. But more than a decade earlier, Tulsa was the site of one of the most horrific race riots in American history. An African American neighborhood in Tulsa known as "the black Wall Street" was "sovereign and self-sufficient," said McBee, and was under attack from racists jealous of its success.
January 30, 1998 |
Giampaola Duva's family had been in the pizzeria business for a number of years. They had shops in New Jersey and one in the city. On a summer evening, taking a break from slapping pizza dough, Duva went for a stroll along Market Street, in Old City. "What a great area," he thought. And then he saw a vacant building at the corner of Third and Market. "Wouldn't this be a great spot for a . . . " Pizzeria? "No. When I first looked at the space, I didn't think a conventional pizzeria would be the way to go. "I always wanted to do something like [the place]
April 6, 1995 |
American pianist Brian Ganz and French violinist Stephane Tran Ngoc have recorded the Schumann violin sonatas together, and they played one of them yesterday in their recital at the Academy of Music ballroom. Theirs is an intriguing pairing of musical personalities. Ganz is an exuberant player given to flourishes and heroics, Tran Ngoc is contained and something of a classicist in his approach to romantic music. Their program also included sonatas by Beethoven and Ravel, and along the way, Ganz gave the impression that he had turned his bag of music inside out, while the violinist still had some things in reserve.