April 21, 2016 |
Milton Babbitt (1916-2011) is one of the most infamously experimental American composers of the 20th century - but he hasn't exactly been a magnet for posthumous idolization. So Network for New Music seemed admirably fearless with a Sunday concert titled "All the Things He Was," showing why some consider the Philadelphia-born composer deeply misunderstood. With his thick black glasses and slightly smug smile, the über-modernist Babbitt seemed to treat music like mathematical rocket science.
March 30, 2016 |
Kathryn Baily Westman, 95, of Narberth, an opera singer and voice teacher to generations of Philadelphia area music students, died Thursday, March 24, of a pulmonary embolism at Lankenau Medical Center. Mrs. Westman was known for her beautiful soprano voice, her service to the tiny Montgomery County borough of Narberth, and her love of life, her family said. Her musical career began early in the family home on Dudley Avenue. Her mother, Mildred W. Baily, was a teacher of piano and voice who held musical evenings in which her children participated.
November 25, 2015 |
Ida Newman, 101, of Philadelphia, a mother whose loss of her only child kindled a philanthropic journey to benefit children, students, doctors, musicians, artists, and uninsured women, died Sunday, Nov. 22. Mrs. Newman was a month shy of her 102d birthday when she died at home of causes related to aging, her family said. She had been mentally sharp until late last week. "Philadelphia has lost a lifelong resident who through generous philanthropy changed the lives of many in her nearly 102 years, and will be remembered for even longer," the family said.
September 8, 2015
The People's Light , a professional nonprofit theater in Malvern, has named the following board members: John E. Barth, senior vice president of corporate banking, PNC Bank; Kathleen C. Gubanich, managing director of human resources at Vanguard; Jessie Mooberry, vice director of Uplift Aeronautics; and Nabila Sajid, senior vice president and commercial and industrial team lending team leader at DNB First. Mina Fader has been elected the chair of Einstein's Physician Services Board. She is the chief financial officer for Germantown Friends School.
May 22, 2015 |
John T. "Bunky" deVecchis Jr., 78, of Queen Village, an early South Street store owner and a photographer to Philadelphia's jazz greats, died at home Wednesday, April 22. The cause of death was progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disorder that takes away the ability to walk and communicate while leaving the patient alert. A native Philadelphian, he captured the city's jazz scene for a quarter century, toting his Leica rangefinder camera. His black-and-white images depicted the smoky immediacy of the performers at night spots such as Zanzibar Blue, Chris Jazz Café, Ortliebs Jazzhaus, and the Clef Club.
April 6, 2015 |
James J. Baumann, 59, of Westbrook Park, an Acme Markets worker who, despite being blinded at an early age, led a life filled with activity and optimism, died Saturday, March 28, of cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as Jimmy, Mr. Baumann attended Holy Cross School in Springfield, Delaware County, and graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1973. At age 18, while he and a friend were playing with a shotgun in Chestnut Hill, the gun discharged accidentally, hitting him in the head.
March 7, 2015 |
A memorial is set for Sunday, March 8, for Randall Booker Haskins, 56, a FedEx delivery man and music lover, who died Monday, Jan. 26, of heart failure from complications of bronchitis and asthma. Mr. Haskins, a Mount Airy native and resident, died at his home. His mother, Yvonne, is a real estate lawyer, city revitalization specialist, and community volunteer; her husband, Harold, is a retired University of Pennsylvania administrator and a filmmaker. Their son, a popular high school student, never took himself too seriously: his name appears as Randy "Fonz" Haskins on his 1976 diploma from Germantown High School, a reference to the character on TV's Happy Days.
February 25, 2015 |
A leadership and administrative change in the School District of Philadelphia's venerable All City Music Festival could signal the start of the program's restoration. Project 440, the education group founded in 2006 by Philadelphia Orchestra assistant double bassist Joseph Conyers, is taking over management of the All City program from the School District. The legal aspects of the transfer may take months to complete, but a ceremonial handshake sealing the deal is planned on stage at this year's All City concert on Monday.
November 19, 2014 |
Italo Taranta, 86, of Drexel Hill, a music teacher, composer, and choral director, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at home. Born in Paganica in southern Italy, Mr. Taranta came to the United States as an infant and settled with his parents in southeastern Ohio before moving to Michigan. His parents had a difficult relationship; he escaped into the solace of music, although he struggled for years with migraine headaches and depression. "Rarely was there ever a person more passionate about something than my dad was about classical music.
August 21, 2014 |
WHEN THE children of the Blake household in South Philly turned 6, they took piano lessons. "There were no ifs, ands or buts about it," said one of those kids, Charlotte Blake Alston. "You played the piano. " It was an edict from their mother, Carrie Blake, a church organist who knew the value of music to the human soul. Their father was a very literate letter carrier. Another of Carrie's children was John Blake Jr., who became an internationally renowned jazz violinist. He always acknowledged that his love of music began in the pews of Holy Trinity Baptist Church in South Philadelphia.