August 12, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy surely offers a considerable service to emerging talents. But pardon me for being more interested in contributions from artists who have already emerged, starting with artistic director Ching-Yun Hu. The Taiwanese pianist opened the festival Tuesday at the Curtis Institute with a recital program that showed how far her interests extend beyond Chopin, the composer so central to her repertoire. But up to a point. Chopin hovered in the background of her Mozart, Gershwin, and Granados performances - in ways that your educated brain said were wrong, though your ears said were right.
February 14, 2016
1 p.m. Sunday on WRTI-FM (90.1): Dazzling Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski will perform Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini , as Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as the overture to Rossini's opera La Gazza Ladra and the U.S. premiere of Symphony No. 2 by Alfredo Casella.
December 31, 2015 |
The Mummers Parade may be a Philly tradition that dates to 1901, but that doesn't mean you should expect the same old same old in 2016 — or any year. There's always something new, from the music to the routines and costumes. Last year, even the route was different, as the parade marched down (not up) Broad Street. That directional change continues this year. New for 2016 and stepping off in lead position at 9 a.m. New Year's Day is the Philadelphia Division, a response to criticism that the parade lacked diversity.
November 1, 2015 |
Rebellion - cheerful, languid, or seething - was the underlying theme of Marin Alsop's guest-conducting engagement with the Philadelphia Orchestra in ways that skirted some of the more inciting possibilities, but that arrived with blinding clarity in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 . The added subtle twist Thursday at the Kimmel Center was how this Russian music turned a mirror back on American listeners. Written to placate the über-populist Soviet authorities, the symphony displayed meticulous logic, suitable bombast, and common touches, but with many subversive undertones.
October 6, 2014 |
Gone is the sprawling complex of buildings where the recording industry took root and made history in downtown Camden more than a century ago. The lone reminder of the city's crucial role in the early music business is the Victor apartment building with its iconic Nipper tower and stained-glass images of the dog listening to "his master's voice. " Phonograph recordings by the Victor Talking Machine Co. once captured the voice of opera singer Enrico Caruso and performances by classical musicians such as Sergei Rachmaninoff and orchestras conducted by Leopold Stokowski and Arturo Toscanini.
August 6, 2014 |
Julian Scanlan, a.k.a. DJ Swoon, is too young to go clubbing - unless he brings his party tunes. The Mount Laurel resident, 17, is a rising Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artist. His composing, remixing, producing, and performing skills have landed him DJ gigs in Philly and Orlando, as well as residencies last year and again this week at Grammy Camp. "Camp is amazing," says Scanlan, who's attending the Grammy Foundation's competitive summer workshop program in Manhattan until Sunday.
August 1, 2014 |
BUILDERS USED to "wow" sample-house visitors with in-wall intercoms that could also simulcast a radio station to send music throughout the house. Seemed sexy at the time, though the sound was always tinny. Today, a growing slew of wireless multiroom audio products achieve the same, music-everywhere effect with far easier installation, radically better sound and an insane variety of music options. All you gotta do is plug a device into a power outlet (some run on batteries), link it via WiFi to your Internet service, then control the play with an app on your smart phone, tablet or computer.
June 20, 2014 |
T-Mobile has trumpeted itself since last year as "the uncarrier" - fourth place in customers, but first among anyone who hates the big guys' "gotcha" practices, such as long-term contracts or tricky data-roaming charges that can cost people thousands of dollars when they venture overseas. Now, T-Mobile is challenging Verizon and AT&T on two more counts. It is eliminating data charges for music streamed via services such as Pandora, Spotify, and Rhapsody. And, starting Monday, in league with Apple, it will offer anyone who wants to test its network a seven-day free trial on a loaner iPhone 5S. All you need is a credit card.
February 14, 2014 |
SOME SAY it with flowers, candy or heart-shaped jewelry. If Gizmo Guy was looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day present, I'd go with a $10-a-month gift-card (at Target) subscription to Beats Music, the brand-new streaming-music service that lets you profess your love 20 million ways. And keeps pushing the passion to your mobile phone, tablet, computer or Sonos music-streaming system - with customized music selections befitting your tastes and events of the day. Today, you'll find the "Highlights" section of the Beats Music app packed with romantic bon bons, including love-tune playlists curated by the likes of Demi Lovato and Ellen DeGeneres.