May 21, 2013 |
The Guarneri Quartet is no more, and yet there it was (plus one), closing the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society season Friday night. You couldn't fool the audience at the American Philosophical Society, which greeted the four former members of the quartet with love obviously rooted in the years between 1964 and 2009, when the Guarneri was a real force. They met at Marlboro Music, the Vermont school and festival that is PCMS' sister organization, and the clubbiness surrounding both groups cuts both ways.
May 15, 2013 |
If ever our town could pull together enough ambition to stage a string-quartet festival, it would be like striking a vein of artistic gold. Were any presenter visionary enough to host visits from the world's most charismatic pianists, aficionados would rush in. And if you blended these prospects - along with a singer or two - into a single series, what you would have is the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, which, clocking an impressive one score...
May 2, 2013 |
David Harwitz, the Society Hill psychiatrist who provided first aid to the pharmacist wounded in a shooting Monday night, went to visit his impromptu patient Tuesday at the hospital. The 35-year-old victim was "very poised, very pleasant" as he received visitors at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, said Harwitz, 47, medical director for a children's behavioral health program in Camden. Harwitz described the pharmacist, whose name is being withheld by The Inquirer, as a well-liked fixture in the community.
May 1, 2013 |
A neighborhood pharmacist was critically wounded in a shooting during a possible robbery Monday night in the city's Society Hill section, police said. Police said the shooting occurred about 9:50 p.m. on Lawrence Street north of Pine Street. The victim was transported by police to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. A resident who asked to be identified only by his first name, Rob, said he heard yelling outside his house and then a loud pop. He looked outside and saw "the victim was lying flat" on the ground and a man in a hoodie was running north on Lawrence toward Spruce Street.
April 5, 2013
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is accepting nominations for its second annual History in Pennsylvania awards. The awards honor volunteer-run small and mid-sized history and heritage organizations in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties and seek to foster community interest in history. In October the honorees included the Wharton Esherick Museum , the Concord Township Historical Society , Friends of the Japanese House and Garden, and Bartram's Garden for its community farm and food resource center.
April 5, 2013
WHENEVER the death penalty is debated, you are sure to hear opponents talking about the horrible possibility of an innocent person being killed. While I'd quibble with their numbers (there have been relatively few documented instances of wrongful executions), I'd agree that there is nothing more horrific, unjust or inhuman than a guiltless individual being forced to have his life taken from him. That reason alone should motivate each state legislature to seek a moratorium where it appears that the system doesn't afford the necessary levels of due process and equal access to competent legal representation.
April 5, 2013 |
They packed it all up - the wagon wheels and stagecoaches, the carriages and cars, the big-box stores that sell everything from kitchenware to computers. Not the actual items, of course. The images and memories and records, loaded into 600 boxes and trucked out of Jenkintown to spacious new quarters in Abington. The Old York Road Historical Society has a new home, taking over the second floor of Alverthorpe Manor, the mansion built by a Sears heir. As part of the move, the society that for more than 75 years has studied one of the region's major suburban arteries is expanding its outreach to offer greater, more comfortable access to researchers, scholars, genealogists - and even news reporters.
March 4, 2013 |
It took Alicia Keys 2 minutes, 36 seconds to butcher the national anthem before the Super Bowl. There are farmers who can butcher a hog in 2 minutes, 36 seconds and have time left over to set six strips of bacon sizzling in the skillet. If you bet "over" 2:05, you won from here to New Orleans. There's a sucker born in America every 24 seconds. A proposition bet on the length of the anthem is all the evidence you need. You want a second opinion? Take the prop on how many total hats the Harbaugh brothers would wear on the sidelines, none, one, two?
March 2, 2013 |
Whether a recitalist, concerto soloist, or member of the Johannes Quartet, violinist Soovin Kim has been one of Philadelphia's more consistent and welcome classical music guests for at least 15 years. But in his recital Wednesday with pianist Natalie Zhu, familiarity hardly meant you knew what he'd do next. The unforced gentility of his playing, prompting comparisons with Arthur Grumiaux in years past, was apparent in the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital at the American Philosophical Society - though not in Ravel's usually charming, suave Violin Sonata . That was reimagined as a semi-modernist companion to Webern.
February 15, 2013 |
IN NEED of a quiet afternoon? Call a bunch of City Council members and say you want to chitchat about ethics. Mention Council Majority Whip Blondell Reynolds Brown, who was recently fined for lying about how she spent campaign funds. Other than the sound of circling wagons, you'll get mostly nada. In their defense, a few might have been busy trying to figure out the answers to my questions about Council's dormant Ethics Committee. Didn't know the Council had one? Don't feel bad. A few members weren't even sure they served on it. Umm. No?