March 24, 2014 |
For four years, Ellie D. Brown has been trying to determine whether an early education in the arts enhances children's ability to learn overall, and again and again she has turned to an unlikely tool of inquiry: a small swab of sponge. More than 24,000 times, the West Chester University associate professor of psychology and her colleagues have reached into the mouths of 500 children at Settlement Music School's Kaleidoscope Head Start program and a nearby control school to measure cortisol, the hormone associated with stress levels.
March 2, 2014 |
Bloody street riots changed the context of Lydia Artymiw's recital Thursday at the American Philosophical Society. The Philadelphia-born pianist submitted her program a year ago to showcase music by five Ukrainian composers as part of her own heritage. Events in Kiev transformed these works from a personal statement of cultural brotherhood to an elegy for a nation in pain. The five pieces, in minor keys and modal echoes written in the 19th and 20th centuries, etched a portrait of sorrow, frost, and snow.
October 25, 2013 |
In July, trumpeter Wallace Roney and a big band debuted "Universe," a piece that saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote in 1968 for the Miles Davis Quintet, plus orchestra. Shorter had thought the piece was lost. In time, he found it and sent it to Roney, who worked for years to give it a proper birthing before succeeding at the Jazz Standard in New York. "We've been turned down by every record company, but we're trying," Roney said of the long-form, tuneful piece, which pulses with flutes, French and English horns, and bassoon.
June 25, 2013
By Allison Vulgamore The Philadelphia Orchestra recently returned from our China residency and 40th anniversary tour. (For sure, it is a relief to see cheesesteaks on the menu!) While we are exhausted, we are also exhilarated. We returned home a changed orchestra - not in sound, but in spirit. We have been deeply touched by the generosity of the Chinese people and moved by the power of our strengthened bond. The Philadelphia Orchestra's first visit to China, 40 years ago, was historic.
June 20, 2013 |
The streets of Philadelphia will be more musical than usual on Friday. Outside 30th Street Station at 8 a.m., singer-guitarist Scot Sax will greet commuters in an interactive, bring-your-own-cowbell performance of Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs. " (Smartphone cowbell app participation is also encouraged.) That will be followed by the Settlement Music School's Kyo Daiko ensemble, banging on Japanese Taiko kettle drums. Those free performances, and more than 130 others at more than 50 venues throughout the city, will be part of Make Music Philly day, Philadelphia's first participation in National Music Day. The event, born in France, came to the United States in 2006 and has grown to include municipalities such as New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, N.M., and Kalamazoo, Mich.
February 22, 2013 |
THE CHANTS from families whose children attend Penn Alexander School were simple and blunt. "Ten more in! Ten more in!" the 60 adults and children yelled Wednesday outside a University Council meeting at the University of Pennsylvania. The group braved the chilly temperatures to demand that 10 students, wait-listed to attend the prestigious K-to-8 school under a new district-imposed lottery system, be allowed to enroll. "Broken Compact, Broken Families, Broken Community" read one sign.
February 21, 2013 |
Although most schools in the area were closed Monday for Presidents' Day, the halls of the Philadelphia High School for Girls were filled with the sounds of aspiring young musicians and singers belting notes in a foreign language and pounding on drums. The high school hosted the first Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians, an all-day music program featuring more than 200 third- to sixth-grade students from city public, private, and charter schools who gathered to rehearse and then perform in a concert.
January 12, 2013 |
If you combed through the piano recital programs of the coming year and put the most forbidding pieces into one concert, you'd have Ieva Jokubaviciute's recital Thursday at Settlement Music School. In the program, titled " New Century, New Paths" and presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, this fully matured Lithuanian pianist skillfully guided one's ears through Debussy, Schoenberg, Scriabin, Janacek, and Berg in performances that confidently created a trajectory from which all the composers benefited.
October 17, 2012 |
Anthony Patrick Coppa, 85, of Merion, a mechanical engineer who also played piano and counseled troubled children at the Youth Study Center, died of natural causes Monday, Oct. 8, at his home. Mr. Coppa spent more than 40 years as an engineer, specializing in structures. He worked for Westinghouse and General Electric in Valley Forge. He was born in Philadelphia on March 22, 1927, the son of Nicola and Felicia Coppa, immigrants from Italy. Mr. Coppa, who grew up in South Philadelphia, attended public schools, graduating from Central High School.
July 30, 2012
Settlement Music School appointed Karin Miller Orenstein branch director of its West Philadelphia branch. Orenstein is a former faculty member of Settlement and taught piano at the 105-year-old school's Germantown and Camden branches. TMG Health Inc. , a King of Prussia firm that handles claims administration and other services for Medicare, Medicaid, and other health plans nationwide, promoted Shawn Reed to director of financial planning and analysis. He had been a senior financial analyst.