April 7, 2016 |
A design-review board for the city's biggest building projects expressed disappointment Tuesday with the latest version of developer Bart Blatstein's plans for the northwest corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue, saying it still overwhelms the South Philadelphia site. Blatstein's plan for a 32-story-high tower and outdoor shopping mall atop a podium of parking and larger-format stores suffers from overly long, unbroken facades and too few street-level entries, among other problems, members of the Civic Design Review board said at a meeting.
January 21, 2016 |
Chris Wolf rarely seems in a hurry on the mat. The Haddon Township lightweight is a highly polished wrestler who relies heavily on his technique. He specializes in counter moves, "scoring off [opponents'] mistakes. " Calm, cool, and under control. That's Wolf in competition. But in a larger sense, this season is different for the latest standout in an extended family that has formed the foundation of Haddon Township wrestling for most of the last decade. Wolf is a senior.
December 10, 2015 |
MARK FERRANTE has been with Andy Talley since he played quarterback for him at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where he was the 1982 Division III Player of the Year and led the Saints to the NCAA semifinals. Five years later he joined Talley's staff at Villanova, where in 2009 he was part of the team that won the FCS championship. Now the Wildcats' assistant head coach/offensive line coach has been named the FCS Assistant of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
April 29, 2014 |
To help lead the increasingly populist aspects of its repertoire, guest artists, and collaborations, the Philadelphia Orchestra is restocking its roster of conductors. Stéphane Denève, the ebullient French conductor of the corkscrew locks who has been a frequent visitor to the orchestra's podium, will become principal guest conductor in the fall. Romanian-born Cristian Macelaru, the orchestra's associate conductor, will take the upgraded title of conductor in residence. Denève, under the terms of a contract running through 2016-17, will conduct at least two weeks during the main subscription season, as well as family concerts, dates at the orchestra's summer spots in Vail, Colo., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and, possibly, on tour.
November 24, 2013 |
Violinist/conductor Itzhak Perlman enjoys a rare freedom in classical music: His relationship with audiences is such that he needs only to show up, and adoration is assured. What's frustrating is that Perlman doesn't do more with that status, especially since his string of subscription concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week features four performances, rather than the usual three. This program stands to reach more listeners than perhaps any other this season. From a repertoire standpoint, Perlman has never been terribly ambitious as a violinist.
May 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The reaction to James Levine's return to conducting Sunday can only be described in Yiddish: Geschrei - an outcry like no other. Amid Levine's two years of surgeries, setbacks, and rehabilitation for back, spine, and other problems, many feared the beloved Metropolitan Opera music director would never again be seen alive, much less conducting a program of Wagner, Beethoven, and Schubert. But there he was, arriving onstage in Carnegie Hall with the Met Orchestra, riding a custom-made scooter with a rostrum that raised him, in the fashion of a hydraulic stage elevator, slightly above the orchestra.
January 14, 2013 |
Mike Boykin overpowered opponents and won 22 matches as a freshman wrestler at Coatesville. It was only his third year in the sport, and he wasn't really wrestling. "He probably would have had over 30 wins. I didn't even let him wrestle, like, 15 matches," said Bear Stephens, then an assistant coach and now co-coach of the Red Raiders. "He was trying to muscle them. He wasn't trying to use moves. And I told him, until you start using moves, we're not going to put you in the lineup. " So he started using moves.
October 30, 2011
First the Music, Then the Words By Riccardo Muti Afterword by Marco Grondona Translated from the Italian by Alta L. Price Rizzoli. 243 pp. $29.95 Reviewed by Daniel Webster When Riccardo Muti, his transformational years with the Philadelphia Orchestra explosively behind him, strode to the podium of Italy's La Scala opera house in 1986, musicians and listeners alike cheered that Il Sceriffo , as an Italian newspaper dubbed him, had come. The avenging sheriff he was, the enforcer, almost alone among peers, his six-shooters aimed at those who sang the high E-flat instead of the B-flat Verdi had written, and at directors and singers who wanted to "improve" any operatic ür-text.
February 2, 2011
THE FIRST time Andy Reid did the Philadelphia podium thing, it was 12 years ago last month at the Marriott in Center City. The day he was hired as the Eagles' coach, the unknown quarterbacks coach from Green Bay was faced with a barrage of negativity, about his new roster and his crumbling stadium and his lack of a practice facility and the perception around the NFL that this was a lousy franchise. Oh, and welcome to town. Reid batted away the questions and pushed back at the cynicism of the questioners.
January 21, 2011
EVERY TIME Jets coach Rex Ryan opens his mouth, it is hard not to listen for the sounds of the old man - and anybody who lived through those times with the Eagles probably does the same thing. They are different, Rex and Buddy are. Rex is very much a 21st-century Ryan and significantly more polished than his father. Rex never hits his boss with his buckshot, a skill that his father never cared to master. Rex, when talking about people in the football business, also manages to toe a line of decorum, you should excuse the expression, while Buddy would never acknowledge that a line even existed.